[concours] Re: New Member

Allan Watson wrote:

Hi Listers, I am a new member having just purchased a 1990 XJ40 Sovereign
4.0L Sports.My long term goal is to have her prepared, by myself, to
concourse condition(without the expense of garages). My first question, to
steam clean or not to steam clean. I have heard so many bad reports of the
electrics that I am wondering if there are any good proprietary brands that
are better.
Allan

Steam clean. Don’t get carried away with jets of steam into the guts of the
alternator & such, but all of the components are designed to withstand lots
of heat and humidity. Think about what all that stuff NORMALLY experiences
when the car’s running anytime you’re driving around in the rain. After
cleaning, keep it that way & gradually improve it using your favorite
cleaner/degreaser, which are often harsher than the steam was.

The steam cleaning that I had done in my 76 XJ6C was the best $75 I ever
spent on the car and no negative effects discovered two years later. It
made cleaning the engine properly a practical proposition. If I were going
to show my '91, I would definitely have it steam cleaned as a starting
point even though it isn’t all that bad now.

Sign me - now a believer.
-Steve A.
'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C
'91 XJ40

Steve, Yes I agree with you entirely but the guy at the steam cleaning
garage isn`t that particular. An idea that crossed my mind was to use a
wallpaper steam stripper I have. After all it is just a container full of
steam under pressure and a small nozzle to get the awkward places. I shall
let you know. Have to start somewhere.
Allan----- Original Message -----
From: Steve Averill averill@earthlink.net
To: concours@jag-lovers.org
Sent: Sunday, January 23, 2000 7:57 AM
Subject: [concours] Re: New Member

Allan Watson wrote:

Hi Listers, I am a new member having just purchased a 1990 XJ40
Sovereign
4.0L Sports.My long term goal is to have her prepared, by myself, to
concourse condition(without the expense of garages). My first question,
to
steam clean or not to steam clean. I have heard so many bad reports of
the
electrics that I am wondering if there are any good proprietary brands
that
are better.
Allan

Steam clean. Don’t get carried away with jets of steam into the guts of
the
alternator & such, but all of the components are designed to withstand
lots
of heat and humidity. Think about what all that stuff NORMALLY experiences
when the car’s running anytime you’re driving around in the rain. After
cleaning, keep it that way & gradually improve it using your favorite
cleaner/degreaser, which are often harsher than the steam was.

The steam cleaning that I had done in my 76 XJ6C was the best $75 I ever
spent on the car and no negative effects discovered two years later. It
made cleaning the engine properly a practical proposition. If I were going
to show my '91, I would definitely have it steam cleaned as a starting
point even though it isn’t all that bad now.

Sign me - now a believer.
-Steve A.
'67 E Type Coupe
'76 XJ6C
'91 XJ40