View Full Version : My Neighbours Think I'm Bonkers

02-06-2011, 10:27 PM
My V8 has never had a proper clean (well detail) so I thought today was a good a day as any to start....most of the afternoon the car has been jacked up and one wheel off.

In between childcare duties, I managed to get all for wheels and arches done. God were they in a state, I even found a lump of chewing gum stuck inside.

The photos look impressive, but the arches are about 90% and the wheels 95% corrected, perhaps next time I'll get them up to par.

Tomorrow I'll actually get round to washing and polishing it.






02-06-2011, 10:30 PM
thats impressive David :thumb

02-06-2011, 10:52 PM
Know what you mean - when I put my summer wheels back on I cleaned them and Rimwaxed them - neighbours walked passed shaking their heads at someone cleaning the inside of their wheels

02-06-2011, 10:54 PM
Yep, waxed the insides too.....and dressed the arches......there really is no hope. I just hope the body work ends up as well.

02-06-2011, 11:24 PM
Join the club David, Glad I am not the only one, Its the satisfaction you get from doing jobs like this I Like, I even take the discs off clean em up, spray black with heat proof black paint, clean out hand brake drum and adjust hand brake, ect ect, usually about every 2 years I do it , worth doing as it all looks like new,plus any loose bits and problems will be visible :D

03-06-2011, 04:09 PM
How weird. I did the arches and wheels on mine the other day. Put them back on, and imagine my disappointement when stepping back to admire my handiwork and discovered that you can't see the re-painted struts, inner arches or the painted and polished track rods and wish bones. Well at least I know they are done. My son thinks I'm nutts.

03-06-2011, 04:19 PM
was a regular routine when i had #860. also a place to note is the gap between the arch line and where the sill starts, big mud trap there. same both front and rear. i cleaned them all out and wax oiled it you have to peel back the wheel arch liner to get at them.

heres 860's hope Silver one has kept them up to standard.

here's some of 860



And some of the cerbera's



Plan is to remove all suspension compenents in the next few days / weeks, remove all the bushes, get them re powder coated and new poly bushes fitted, then aligned and MOT, once i've done the suspension with new gaz gold adjustable coil overs.

03-06-2011, 08:45 PM
I gave mine a wash before Xmas, does that count :)

03-06-2011, 08:50 PM
you should know better then that Keith, a 400 deserves better then that....

03-06-2011, 09:39 PM
I think it needs a more caring home

03-06-2011, 09:42 PM
Looks good David, did mine a few weeks ago and didn't get the same results. What do you (or others) use or get the inside of the wheels up to that standard? I used generic car cleaning stuff and some green pad.

03-06-2011, 10:02 PM
Looks good David, did mine a few weeks ago and didn't get the same results. What do you (or others) use or get the inside of the wheels up to that standard? I used generic car cleaning stuff and some green pad.

I can not tell as it's a trade secret, although I may be able to offer this service soon...;);););););)

03-06-2011, 10:32 PM
I can not tell as it's a trade secret, although I may be able to offer this service soon...;);););););)

Elbow grease, that normally works;)

03-06-2011, 11:38 PM
Elbow grease, that normally works;)

And lots of it

04-06-2011, 07:09 PM
Finally finished off the outside, although it was hard going with the temperature in the very high 20's. The pictures don't really do it justice. I reckon it's about 95% perfect.....I was too knackered to do any more







04-06-2011, 07:15 PM
Looks bloody good to me. Silver always seems to come up really well

04-06-2011, 09:25 PM
Yes, looks really good.
Given me a push to take on my car although my chrome wheels
have already been of for a polish inside and out!

04-06-2011, 09:58 PM
Very nice work, David. Looks super.

Big Dave
12-07-2011, 09:33 PM
I've got 4 days off next week and I intend to go over no 88 with a fine tooth comb in pretty much the same way.

All my neighbours just laugh at me and always have - its not my fault I suffer from OCD (obsessive car detailing) :ash

OAP Pete
11-12-2011, 02:36 PM
I was worse Dave for sure when i had No88, cleaned what was clean...covered in Garage with Dust cover... cleaned INSIDE the wheels after every Run out, no passengers if i could help it ... Still a STUNNING Car Dave ..all the VERY best to you and family for Christmas. Peter. [OAP Pete ]

Big Dave
11-12-2011, 09:42 PM
Hi Pete

Hope you are well?

She is definitely in safe hands with me and has been looked after in the manner she's been accustomed to :)

All the very best to you and yours also my friend...