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jereklein
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Undercarriage detailing

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I have a 56 that I drive when the weather and roads in NY permit. It’s a very clean well maintained driver. The undercarriage obviously has its share of dirt and grime however. Does it make any sense mechanically or body-wise to have it thoroughly cleaned occassionally?
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Re: Undercarriage detailing

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I guess it depends on what you are going for. In my opinion the bottom should be as clean as the top. At least that is what I like.
Mechanically things just work better when they are looked after, detailed and lubed as they are supposed to be.
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Re: Undercarriage detailing

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Dirt holds moisture and can advance rust and corrosion, I would clean the undercarriage and touch up any bare metal at least once a year. I usually do mine every winter.
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Thanks for the recommendations.
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I agree with the others, I inspect the frame clean my undercarriage once a year, I remove any road grime, tar, and also do a 15 zerkes point lube. It's also a good time to check for any loose muffler claps. also to clean the inside of the tire rims to remove brake dust . Remove the skirts to clean inside please note I would zip tie the skirts after the cleaning so that those don't come loose like one of mine did. When you have a classic car that's 64 years old you need to give it some TLC......
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You guys must have a lift in your garage.

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Re: Undercarriage detailing

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I have an outside lift for power washing off the undercarriage.

I usually do it to my winter beaters to get the brin/salt out from under but have done my collector cars on it also.

It makes a hell of a mess !

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ranchbird wrote:
Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:27 pm
You guys must have a lift in your garage.
Oh yeah ! I forgot to say that my neighbor across the street does have a hydraulic lift, It does make things a lot easier. :lol:
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Great advice. Thanks.

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Get or rent power washer that has a soap attachment, put the car in the air and clean. I've done that and it comes out good.
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Better yet Paul, One can go to a self service power car wash and do the job, the bay area has a dip for drainage one can get the power wash under the carriage to clean out excess dirt . How ever one's way of cleaning.
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Re: Undercarriage detailing

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I routinely clean the undercarriage of my '56. I agree that the underside of the car should look as good as the top. Rust is the enemy of classic cars. Cleaning the undercarriage helps prevent rust.
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