View Full Version : 1986 Ford F150 Engine Detail

Apr 7th, 2009, 08:50 AM
I've been wanting to clean up the engine bay of the '86 since I first got it back in June. However, with six months at the State Patrol academy and then the winter weather, I haven't been able to do it. The weather was great this weekend so I jumped at the chance to tackle it. My father-in-law gave me this truck last year. He was the original owner and I can say with 99% certainty that the engine bay had never been detailed in its 23 years of existance.

I used degreaser (purple bottle stuff at Wal-Mart), various brushes, and a lot of passion. I cleaned, scrubbed, and wiped anything I could get my hands on. These older vehicles are so different than the new cars; at one point I was sitting in the engine bay in order to get to the hoses and components at the rear of the engine! Well, after 2.5 hours of cleaning and a final mist of M40, here's the results.











Andrew C.
Apr 7th, 2009, 09:05 AM
Wow it looks amazing. Looks like it was a lot of work.

Apr 7th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Engine came out looking great. I agree on the older engines being easier to access. The new engines are very restricted as far as getting your hands in there.

Apr 7th, 2009, 09:22 AM
Nice job, the engine came out looking great.

Apr 7th, 2009, 09:34 AM
Reminds me of when I did my '93 F-150

J. A. Michaels
Apr 7th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Great job on the engine. Looks great.

Apr 7th, 2009, 01:18 PM
Holy Cow Colin!

Great job on that engine bay! That purple stuff works great but to be respected!

Made it better than new!

Good show:bigups

Apr 7th, 2009, 01:30 PM
Looks great! Brings me back a few years seeing those pics!

I can pretty much take off those distributer caps in my sleep now. When I worked at this high volume shop they never covered anything up and those caps ALWAYS got wet. (We used pressure washers) Eventually I said this ***** and we started covering them. :D

Marc Hufnagel
Apr 7th, 2009, 01:30 PM
very nice!

Apr 7th, 2009, 03:10 PM
Thanks, guys. It was a lot of work but at the same time, fun.

Aaron, yeah the purple stuff is great but you're right; you'd better respect it, especially using it full strength! I have APC+ but knew I would be using a ton of it because of how bad the engine bay was. I didn't want to use up all the APC+ so I reached for the purple stuff.


Apr 7th, 2009, 03:19 PM
Great work! Get to rebuild one of those engines for an 86 Bronco one of these days, yay, lol. Looks like new!

Mr Mustang
Apr 7th, 2009, 05:23 PM
that looks fantastic!

J. A. Michaels
Apr 8th, 2009, 01:47 AM
Glad to see you back on the forum. How is it going? I was wondering what happened to you and then this week I see that you were posting again. Welcome back Colin.

Markus Kleis
Apr 8th, 2009, 01:51 AM
Simply amazing turn around. That's the type of turn around that surprises even the detailer it looks so good :chuckle1

Apr 8th, 2009, 03:04 AM
Nice turn around on that one!

Apr 8th, 2009, 05:53 AM
It looks great. I love engine details. I've always felt that the engine department is the most neglected because it's always covered so no one sees it.:nono1

Apr 8th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Glad to see you back on the forum. How is it going? I was wondering what happened to you and then this week I see that you were posting again. Welcome back Colin.

Hey John. Yeah, its been a while since I've done any posting. I've been lurking here and there. I was a State Trooper in Florida and decided to make the move to Colorado. I was at their academy for 6 months, then field training for 2.5 months so I just haven't had the time. But now I'm back and it feels great.