Last time we saw Larry Kosilla of Ammo NYC and the YouTube show Drive Clean, he was initiating the resurrection of a 1966 Porsche 912. Going beyond the body, the automotive world's Mr. Clean next lays his gloved hands and brushes on the engine bay, demonstrating how to scour the powerplants of a front-engined Corvette Z06, a mid-engined Ferrari 458 Italia and a mid-engined Ford GT. The three cars were chosen to show the challenges of a modern, plastic-covered motor, an exotic motor with lots of hard-to-reach spots and a "muscle" car that leaves everything exposed.

Kosilla breaks it all down quickly, taking about seven minutes to go through eight steps that will get your engine from dirty to disinfected. For another engaging lesson, have a watch of the video below.



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      Rochester
      • 1 Year Ago
      Here's a thought... a mild application of elbow grease under the hood with shop rags every time you detail the car, and your engine bay will always look showroom clean. Just like it should.
      D Christin
      • 1 Year Ago
      Can I have my 7 minutes and 35 seconds back please? This was a pointless video, everything he did was a no brainer.
      Timothy Tibbetts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Spray armor all everywhere. Takes less time than the video. Engine is either in good shape or plastics are faded and the metal is corroded some. Either way armor all ftw.
      joe shmoe
      • 1 Year Ago
      i like to keep my engine bay dirty
      Adam
      • 1 Year Ago
      This guy is always so damn afraid of damaging things. It irritates the hell out of me. Most of these modern engines have very well protected electronics and engine components. He even mentions "damaging the plastic bag" in this video.
        NightFlight
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        He doesn't want to damage the plastic bags so water leaks into areas where it isn't supposed to.
        bullitt2605
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Adam
        My 03 Explorer has a big plastic shroud that covers the top of the motor. I made the mistake of taking that off the last time I cleaned the engine and it ran rough for about 5 days and then went back to normal. This is a higher mileage motor so it might be more susceptible to water.
          ImpulseGTO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bullitt2605
          That's because on those ford motors water is very susceptible to getting around the coils and under the seal and getting down around the spark plug.
          S.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @bullitt2605
          I had the same problem with my old MR2, except it'd happen when I washed the outside of the car haha. Water would drip down thru the hood vents and into the spark plugs. I'd have to use pressurized air to get it dry again.
      ImpulseGTO
      • 1 Year Ago
      You don't have to be that carefull about the electronics. Most of it is all sealed with water proof connectors. He really goes through to much trouble. Just spray some degreaser on the motor and wash it off. With a pressure washer. Just don't get To close with it and force water into things. Works 100 times better than the way he is doing it. And quicker. And take those covers off and wash them separate.
        Cain Gray
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ImpulseGTO
        You can never go through "too much trouble" when detailing someone's $200,000 sports car.
      jj360
      • 1 Year Ago
      Much of the content on AB is worth taking a look at. This ranks at the bottom.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yaaawwwwnn.
      Doss
      • 1 Year Ago
      While this video was pretty much common sense for some of us, I have seen people high pressure wash their engine bay. This is like Russian roulette in my opinion. Many times the engine will be fine, but that one time it isn't, you'll wish you were a little more careful with spraying down electronics. And for those that say he's being overly cautious, there is a big difference in the price of a mistake on a 3 year old Honda and a Ferrari. If you make a mistake and damage a $200,000+, not only is your expense to repair it going to be costly, but you can rest assured that the other supercar/luxury/classic owners in that area aren't going to deal with you any more. Some of these groups are pretty close knit and car detailing is not something you can just branch out onto the internet with and forget your local market. So, damage a single car and possibly wreck your business in that location. As for the person saying to use Armor All, besides that sticky film that attracts dirt that it leaves behind, it will discolor things like headers or metal that gets really hot. I'm not sure everyone wants their polished or coated headers and velocity stacks, etc. getting a rainbow or discolored effect to them.
      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      I detail the engine in my 01 Mustang a couple times a year it does not usually go out in bad weather so it doesn't get that bad.
      • 1 Year Ago
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      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Dirt is great! You can spot leaks especially on older cars I don't even mind some brake dust on the wheels. A filthy interior however, no thanks.
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