What a difference a week makes, last week driving the Jaguar in the snow, and this week, it's glorious sunshine, almost Spring like. But maybe we shouldn't get ahead of ourselves! It's been a while since I've had anything to say about the Chevrolet so I figured it was time for an update not that anything has really changed on it. It's still chugging away happily! However although it's been getting plenty of driving, it has not been having much cleaning, and in all fairness since the sale of the Proton the Chevrolet has been spending a lot of time at work. I think that much like the Jaguar, it's time with me is coming to an end. This is through no fault of it's own, it's been fabulous, but just because I fancy a change as much as anything. I've got a little trip planned for Easter, and so I think I'll probably take the Chevrolet as its last hurrah, and then sell it. But before I do that, really it does need a bit of a clean, and at the very least an oil change.
I had very little to do at the weekend, and so Saturday morning was spent pumping £1 coins into the local jet wash for a good half an hour while I blasted the worst of the deposits left on it by the Winters roads, and tracks. Its been off road on a couple of jaunts this Winter, and the underside of the body and chassis had collected a fair old amount of mud, and in some places turf! I can only imagine what they thought of me when I left the best part of a football field of mud at the jet wash, but after half an hour or so it was starting to look a bit respectable both on the top, and underneath. Each cycle of the jet wash lasts for four minutes, and in my opinion was well worth the £8 that I spent there.
Once back at BelongaClint I drained the oil, changed the filters. Then new oil was then put in, and after a quick check to make sure nothing was leaking, I checked all the levels. All was good and I was set to carry on with a little more maintenance and cleaning. By now all my jet washing fun had thoroughly dried out, and I got underneath the truck again to go from front to back with a large can of WD-40 liberally spraying it over the underside of the truck, and into any nooks and crannys that I could. The underside of the Chevrolet looks to be in pretty good shape, and although there are a few small rusty scabs, there's nothing there that I was worried about. An hour or so later and I was ready to turn my attention to the bodywork. Now it's pretty safe to say that I'm not a huge fan of polishing. I like to drive my cars, not sit around polishing them. All that putting it on, waiting for it to haze, then buffing it off, it's all too much effort for me. I do make an effort to do it on the cool stuff, but on my pick ups, erm, No! That isn't to say that they don't get polished, they do, sort of. But not in the normal manner. The method I use on such vehicles is a lot less labour intensive. Some of my friends, who I might add are into polishing their cars in a big way often blast me for my cleaning and polishing regime, but it's been working for me for years, and would appear to have no bad effect on the paintwork, therefore I intend to carry on doing it my way. Here for your entertainment, or possibly horror is the Clint Thrust way to clean you car (or pick up)!
Looks pretty good doesn't it? Well, after blasting the worst of the winter mud and crud from the bodywork I got home and washed it properly with a bucket of warm water with Tescos car wash shampoo in it, wiping it down with a sponge as I went. I then left it to dry whilst doing other stuff to it. Once the other stuff was done and the bodywork was dry I got out my microfibre towels, and sprayed WD-40 onto the bodywork and rubbed it in with the towels. I do this to the paintwork and the plastic stuff. I think it brings the paintwork up quite well, but on the plastics, and especially the fibreglass ARB top it really brings that stuff to life. I went around the whole car with the stuff, and once I had done that I even went around inside the door shuts! I then left that to dry, and made a start on the interior.
It was safe to say that the interior was pretty grubby. I have been driving it with muddy boots and after several trips to various out door activities everything inside needed a good clean. As muddy as my boots must've been I think my two little monsters had probably made a special effort to get more mud in the rear that I could get in the front! A damn good vacuum out, and it was starting to look a lot better, still not great, but definately a lot better. I actually had to invest in some upholstery cleaner in the end, and gave the seats a thorough scrub down. I'm not a fan of eating in the car, but this does tend to get treated like the sacrificial car, so I let the kids eat in it. The rear seat contained all manner of staining from fruit juice to chocolate, all rubbed in and a large dose of crisp shrapnel for good measure! The front seats were looking clean after just one going over, however the rears needed three good scrubs! Then I'm onto the plastics. For this I use sugar soap, y'know, the stuff decorators use. This takes all manner of sticky nastyness off the plastics on the interior. Before long the rear of the cockpit was looking like this...
Not perfect, but not too shabby either! Just one little stain on the rear seat squab which was there when I bought it. Actually I'm not so sure that its a stain as such, I think someone at some point has tried to clean something off it with bleach so really it's there to stay. To the front of the cockpit...
Exactly the same method employed here, more sugar soap! I really don't know where all the dust comes from. It would appear that everything ends up covered in a thin layer of very fine dust, but the sugar soap cleans it off, and then I give the lot a wipe down with Mr Sheen houshold polish. It seems to bring all the plastics, both the hard ones, and the softer vinyls up very nicely. Pretty soon it was looking spick and span inside and just the windows left to do. For these I use Windowlene on the inside spraying it on, and polishing it off with a duster. On the outside I like to polish the windscreen with RainX, and all the others get Mr Sheen. I find that actually the Mr Sheen behaves much like the RainX, when water hits it, it just beads up and rolls off the glass! But RainX lasts a lot longer on the windscreen with the wipers going.
Before we go on our little trip I've got a few errands to run, so the inside of the bed got little more than a good brush down. However what I usually do, and what I will do before we go will be to jet wash it all out, then give it all a good scrub down with Flash multi-purpose cleaner then hose it all out again. It cleans it all up nicely, and leaves it lemony fresh!
Lastly, once this is all done I re-visit the bodywork.
Although not the plastics this time. This time it's out with another micro-fibre cloth, and a good wipe down with Mr Sheen, honestly that stuff shines umpteen things clean! Anyway, all of this took me ALL of Saturday, and I said that I don't like to spend forever polishing my cars! The thing is though that it was extremely filthy, and I ended up giving it a little service as well as a big clean. Normally I get the bodywork cleaned in about an hour or so, and the interior in about the same amount of time if it's not too bad. But it was pretty bad, and to tell the truth I wanted to get it really nice ready for our trip in a week and a bit! I really don't like driving for hours on end in a filthy, and smelly truck! So thats it, it's all ready for our trip and its last hurrah with us, and then hopefully it'll just need a quick clean, and it's ready to sell! Even though in all honesty I'm really not ready to let it go.