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Disgusting Car Detailing Makeover: Junkyard Disaster Before and After Cleaning

Disgusting Car Detailing Makeover: Junkyard Disaster Before and After Cleaning
time in the seats hey guys i'm super excited on this episode we're working on a 1984 porsche 944 now this just got delivered it is wet and freezing outside and the car is pretty trashed it's valued at about 500 now i am working with a non-profit organization called cars for kids we've all heard the django one aid car that's these guys and basically what happened is somebody donated this car and they received a 500 tax donation the organization meaning cars for kids called
disgusting car detailing makeover junkyard disaster before and after cleaning
and said hey would you be willing to donate your time and be able to bring this car back to its former glory or close to it so that we can get more money for it at auction because this thing we don't want to part this out they don't want to destroy it it's a porsche and they know that i love porsche and i can sort of hopefully bring this back get more money for the charity get more money for the donation and shoot a really cool fun video so that and a whole lot more on this porsche
944 when i initially spoke to cars for kids about restoring the 944 i was super excited and happy to help when the flatbed rolled up to my garage i quickly realized i might be biting off a little bit more than i can chew even though it was raining and wet outside the paint still looked incredibly trashed and the wheels were toast the interior was moldy and the engine would be full of mouse poop and nests as the car was lowered into the driveway we noticed the back driver side wheel was
completely locked up which added another layer of complexity from moving it into the garage the flatbed operator wanted the driver's side window down in anticipation of actually pushing it into the garage so he hooked up a jumper box for the power windows and i tried to start it when i was inside just to see if the engine had seized it obviously didn't start but the engine was moving which was promising he tried everything possible to loosen the rusty back caliper he hit it with a hammer
and even used the flat bed to put more weight on the back brake pad in hopes that it would pop free but we had no luck plan b was to jack up the rear and gingerly push it into the garage which worked with the flat bed gone i inspected the car a bit closer but not too close because it stunk like a mixture of wet leaves and mold with the registration almost 19 years overdue the engine compartment looked like a home for rodents or squirrels or whatever in that time sitting unused if you look
closely you can see a trail of mouse poop leading to the nest so you know at one time something was living in there the heatliner had disintegrated years ago and was slowly dropping little flakes everywhere but there was engine oil on the dipstick which was really good and it wasn't as sludgy as expected so that was good too one of the worst parts were the wheels they were completely gone and not much could be done from a

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perspective but we'll have more on this later the seats
sun visors knobs b-pillars and basically everything else had some level of mold on it as the rear hatch seemed to be leaking which i discovered later

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removing the rear carpets my favorite part of doing these forgotten cars is opening the trunk and seeing what's left behind in this case it was several 944 repair manuals hazard reflectors and an old umbrella with yet another nest inside later on we actually found the original toolkit which was really cool and valuable for the new owner
the first step was to get the car up in the air and off the flat tires using my quick jack it's obviously really simple to use first you plug in the hydraulic pump into an outlet the two hoses into the pump itself and then each hose into the lift then push the up button when aligned under the lift points underneath the frame the one thing you do need to do is make sure that you watch it as it goes up to make sure that the rubber bumpers go exactly underneath the lift points because the jack
has a scissor like motion as opposed to straight up and down so you may need to readjust those bumpers as it goes up and touches the underneath the car so be aware of that with the car off the ground i replaced the filters on my 3m half face respirator because of the heavy mold the 601 organic vapor unit comes with an extra particle filter inside the cartridge as it's being shipped so make sure you remove the extra one then flip over the single unit

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putting the top on and then
twisting it onto the mask next dan and i removed all the loose items in the car and disassembled the interior to find the source of the moisture while i was removing the trunk carpet and plastics dan was removing the front seats which revealed some interesting treasures that had long since seen the light of day or someone's lips much like a detective combing through a suspect's garbage for clues this guy's junk is almost a cliche of what you might expect from the owner of a porsche
944 you have kids books because of the tiny back seats golf ball containers candy wrappers and women's red lipstick i think ferdinand would be proud with pretty much everything that could be removed out of the car we first vacuumed the loose dirt to avoid clogging the shampoo machine and to get a better sense of the condition of the carpet for pre-treating once reasonably vacuumed i mixed water and lather in a designated aerator as i would need to blast everything in the interior with a
cleaner and wanted it to soak a bit

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agitating with a brush a scrub pad and a steam machine while dan was hitting the seats with steam i followed up with a brush and towel to scoop up the now lifted grind we repeated the same steps on the doors next we clean the tight or intricate areas like the shifter radio button e-brake handle and the top of the shifter knob with our tiny toothpicks

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wards i pre-treated the carpets with ammo shag and let it soak for a few minutes then steam the
floor to release the years of crusty stains on the front floors and back carpets without having the back glass crush me

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i knocked over my hockey stick strut bar while i was prepping the carpets dan filled the mighty light shampoo machine with distilled water and followed up behind the steam with hot water extraction the color difference

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wards was even more obvious in person than it was on camera then i cleaned the seats and cushions we pulled out of the car earlier with lather and a
scrub pad once i was done dan tossed in the fresh battery on the cordless fan to help remove stale air and dry the carpets quickly the removable mats were also pre-treated and steamed but we noticed that they held a lot more dirt than anywhere else for obvious reasons so in this case i would normally just power wash the fibers then wet back and let dry however since the mats were disintegrating from the back side and the porsche logo was unraveling i thought it would be safe and more fun to just
disgusting car detailing makeover junkyard disaster before and after cleaning
use compressed air and a tornado to lift the embedded dirt

before

vacuuming now for the record if the carpet isn't falling apart like this one save yourself the mess and just power wash the fibers it's way easier now the dirt flying everywhere although visually interesting covered everything the floor the camera and our clothes so avoid this technique if mats are strong enough to handle the pressure washer we hit it again with steam and extraction and it looks as good as it's going
to get from now then we repeated the same steps on the trunk carpet as well the 50 50 was quite noticeable once done we empty the machine to see what was living in the carpet for over 19 years i'm using the mighty light 2 pro

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machine here but i've also used the bissell spot clean pro when i need to travel light here i'm using it on a mercedes 280 sl that hadn't been moved in over 37 years and obviously the carpet was crazy moldy and gross but it worked great this
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and

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is amazing and the reveal to an 83 year old man by his son is a huge tearjerker so be forewarned for as long as 1982 37 i was born in 81. i have shirts older than that yeah while all the carpets were drying we performed minor ashtray surgery to remove very old and sticky candy that was wedged up in the back of the tray and once the game of detail operation
was getting old we just filled the tray with strong apc and let it soak overnight to see what it would look like in the morning next we focused on the engine compartment as the mechanic would need to spend some time de-lousing

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he could even start the mechanical repairs the heat liner was dry rotted and brittle so we hard carted it first because it was falling on us as we started to inspect the engine so it was logical to start here next dan vacuumed the fallen headliner within the engine
compartment while i was removing the various homes from all the warm nooks and pockets near the firewall with most of the loose stuff vacuumed up we coated the engine in ammo frothy and scrubbed and brushed 19 years of gunk followed up by a lot of microfiber towels that we would later toss in the trash because they really stunk i used compressed air to hit the tight spots and to help frothy evaporate on the intake manifold we used barkeeper's friend and a stiff bristle brush to remove some
of the baked on oxidation or discoloration it didn't completely remove it but it certainly helped bring back some of the original sheen during the

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i noticed the previous owner sprayed clear coat on the engine compartment as sort of a semi-permanent shine or pop to the plastics as you can see it was flaking and cracking and doesn't look very good but he was ambitious to say the very least once cleaned up i added a bit of ammo mud dressing where i could to help the auction
pitchers pop a little bit in the next few days with our screwdriver hood strut removed we closed the hood to focus on the paint but first we removed the destroyed wheels revealing a very old and rusted out calipers and rotors i scraped away as much as the old caked on mud as possible from the wheel wells

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lightly rinsing with a power washer just to be able to see what needs to be fixed

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wards i quickly frothied the paint to loosen the years of caked on

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dirt and dust and i
didn't use a power washer here because i wasn't 100 sure where the interior leak came from so i avoided using heavy water just to be safe

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a few wipes the microfiber towel was filthy but the goal here is just to remove enough junk to prevent the buffing pad from clogging up even faster due to the surface dirt once full i put the dirty towels in a separate dirty red bag and got a fresh towel from the clean bag and continued on the nose of the porsche at first glance the paint looks
so much better during the wipe but it's actually just an illusion due to the lubrication or the moisture reflecting the light which makes frothy so effective as a safe hoseless cleaner as it's lubricating the paint during your wipe but watch as the humectants evaporate it reveals the original swirled and scuffed paint underneath once all cleaned up my next step was to perform a test spot in my usual area the back passenger side quarter panel for this i'm playing around with a new
leveling fluid and a specially made microfiber pad that retains its firmness without overheating because i prefer to use a bit more downward pressure than most especially on a large throw machine i still have a ways to go but the first test looked pretty good anyways once the quintessential 50 50 shot was done i noticed two things one the paint has the potential to come back to life which was pretty cool and number two this particular panel has clear coat which is not something i was expecting
nonetheless i finished leveling the remainder of the quarter panel and found what looked like crow's feet underneath the gas tank door okay guys i'm behind the camera now i just shut off the lights as you know when you're polishing and you're trying to get uh precise turning off the lights is actually good thing so you only have one source of light anyhow obviously there's the gas tank and then you notice here as i was polishing you can see if i pull the camera in closely do
you see all that cracking and you see how it goes down here and i'll do it with the shape of the light right now kind of like this shape and it goes up and you can see it stops right at the gas tank so clearly uh this is caused from spilling of gas well the first thing that you would think as i pull in here what does that look like most of you are going to say oh that's crow's feet well i wasn't 100 sure it kind of looked like crow's feet and so then of course i called the
master kevin brown and we had a little chat about it and it makes more sense now so this is what is what we call crazing so crazing is a type of thing where as the gas spills out here you know it's a volatile chemical obviously so it evaporates and it makes this area very brittle and so it's a top-down type of thing meaning something was spilled on it in this case gasoline it becomes very brittle and sort of looks like a mosaic kind of tile hopefully that's focusing can you see that
disgusting car detailing makeover junkyard disaster before and after cleaning
there pretty fascinating right so the difference between this and crow's feet let's say is crow's feet is somewhat similar that's why it was confusing to me looks obviously like crow's feet and in a beach or sand or whatever but that's caused from underneath meaning the the primer uh gets heated up so let's say let's say for instance at on the hood or the radiator usually sometimes you get it right in this area when it gets really hot with a hose underneath and it
heats up the primer and the primer cracks underneath and then it looks like crow's feet in this case because something else was on it gasoline it was coming from top down instead of bottom up so that's kind of what's indicating that this would be crazing versus crow's feet while i was polishing the rest of the passenger side paint on the other side of the car dan was removing the old duct tape and the very old and very cracked clear bra around the wheel arches when they become
this dried out the process is extremely tedious and requires a steam machine plastic razor blades and monk like patients first heat up the bra with the steam and then use the plastic razor blade to get under the top layer which sort of crumbles as you do it leaving behind the glue now in some cases you can use a strong chemical but on older cars with thin paint like this one you're running the risk of shocking the paint and causing more issues down the road from rapid expansion and
contraction of the paint so use steam listen to some music because it's going to take a while and your fingers are going to hurt with the old bra removed you can use dirty or what i call throwaway microfiber pads to clean up the last bits of remaining glue with the understanding that you're going to have to throw the pad away when you're done so i keep these old pads around that i no longer use on the paint for just this purpose to get the most out of my old supplies and to save my
fingertips when possible

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everything was compounded we finished up with a light polish to remove the very minor compounding swirls to bring the paint back to near 90 ish without removing too much of the remaining paint on the car for this i used 210 and a yellow foam pad on the start of day two we scrubbed the ashtray with a stiff bristle toothbrush then managed to gently remove the plastic cover without breaking the clips off camera and used four odd steel wool and bark keepers to remove
most of the stains then dan cleaned the windows with a flat edge squeegee and several microfiber towels and razor bladed the exterior lot numbers on the windshield and the rear hatch then he spent some time on the rear defroster lines as these were caked up with mold or something sticky defroster lines are basically metal circuits that run electricity on the glass to transmit heat and defrost the area around the line if the line is broken or scraped off the circuit is broken and that area will
no longer defrost so using a razor blade is not a good idea here always wipe east to west along the circuit and not up and down across it to avoid potential issues with the interior carpets cleaned dried and reinstalled i massaged ammo mousse into the dried out seats to add a bit of moisture into the leather now keep in mind with old neglected seats or interiors you may need several applications because the material is just so dry and thirsty we repeated the steps on the doors dash armrest and
back seats be sure to give a final wipe

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a few minutes for a matte finish once all done we reinstalled the backseat cushions and both front seats and it's starting to look like a car we might be able to sell for the final phase of protection dan used his master's airbrush kit with black touch up in the reservoir mixed with paint thinner for the larger dings and paint chips same one we used in the eagle talon video we removed from the woods a few summers ago while i used a medical
syringe with various size dispensing needles based on the thickness of the paint being applied and the size of the damage we're trying to fix i'll have a full video on this technique in the future but for now it's a cheap and easy way to have a super precise touch up placement while dan was working on the larger spots i played with the front nose rock chips by gently compressing the plunger now this can be tricky at first because sometimes too much can come out at once if this is the
case then you need to decrease the size of the orifice used in the needle to restrict the paint flow but if you spend a little time with it you'll be able to figure it out and it's a really cool tool with the touch-up paint drying i added ammo mud to the super crusty and brittle rear wing to bring back a little bit of the resiliency and color from its whitish or faded appearance this actually required three applications because it was incredibly dry and incredibly thirsty now going back
to the original wheels they were so far past

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that i couldn't really do anything with it so i quickly placed my gold cup ones on the 9440 just to get a glimpse of its potential and what it ended up doing is motivating me so much that i called my buddy george at performance industries and asked hey can you clean up these original wheels for me so i can take some really good auction pictures and he's like yeah totally cool i can do that for cars for kids no problem so i brought
the wheels down to his shop in rochelle new york now a few days later they were super heat cleaned repainted balanced and ready for pickup so i was really happy with that for the very last step i'm using my latest derivative of reflex this is number 65 to be exact now i've spent a lot of time reformulating this product and we're getting very close to creating what i envisioned in the lab months ago when my testing is done and it's ready for shipping i'll post a link in this
video right here in the meantime if you want to get on the early adopters list a sign up link is in the description of the video i'm super proud of where we are to date with this formula but check this out here's a quick iphone video i shot on the side of my car during testing a few weeks ago one side beads and the other side sheets now which do you think is better for the car again there may not be just one right answer and that's okay but hopefully last week's video on the
mclaren and the cooking lard that beads water has got you asking some healthy questions about what products you choose and what companies you support finally a huge thank you to everyone who's been so supportive throughout the innovation process it's taken some time to do but man it is so worth the effort so thank you

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a few days of paperwork the new owner kevin arrived for the first time to see the car that was in the

junkyard

just a week earlier he's in his early 20s and has
never driven stick and this would be the first car he's ever owned so i was obviously curious about what drew him to this particular car knowing it needs a lot of mechanical love and not the most practical car for such a young guy living in a city all right as you can see the paint is looking pretty good but when it first came in here it did not look very good uh you know i've been sitting for a long time there's residue and all kinds of junk on there but one of my favorite parts is
i go in and i look at the registration uh 2001 so obviously 19 years ago it was just registered and i guess somebody drove it but this thing was pretty gross when it first came in so funny enough i think i would have been five years old then but the man who i think would appreciate this car the most uh my dad actually passed away that year and he there is probably the reason why i'm into porsche's because he had a 911 sc that he took my mom on their first date in and sold it

before

i was
born and i just you know there are weird things you do to connect with people from your past and i think that my obsession with porsches has been uh been linked to that so with that he was super excited to start fiddling with his porsche and i thought it would be a perfect moment to unveil his new wheels he was super pumped but obviously a little nervous with cameras everywhere and he wanted to put them on the car just to get the car outside and take a look at it in natural light

before

the
speedsport trailer came to haul it to the shop for repairs with the car off the quickjacks we needed to put them back on the go jacks just to get it out of the garage because of the locked up caliper

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he and i pushed the car outside we spun it around and lined it up for the incoming trailer the boys from speedsport tied a strap to the front tow hook and with a flick of a button the winch hauled the 944 up and inside now at this point as the car is going up in the trailer i could really see
the realization on kevin's face that this was actually happening to him and he was now the owner of this car which really meant a lot to him once the trailer was all buttoned up i made sure to give him all the binders and the manuals that i found in the trunk for some light up reading later on and the original toolkit which was pretty cool i was going to ask you about the toolkit finally he wrote the donation check to cars for kids and we were off to speed sport tuning to diagnose just how
much it would need to get back on the road safely when we arrived and while carlos and don were preparing to unload the trailer i walked kevin around the shop and his mind exploded as i showed him a few race cars the maserati corsa that i did in an older video and the sea of porsches parked for the weekend i can tell he knew that he was in the right place so i was really happy that he seemed so excited now as corny as this sounds if you've made it through the end of the video this is kind of
a fun little part here now i've always been a firm believer in karma or the universe or whatever and doing the right things when no one's looking so when the 944 was pushed off the trailer the back wheel somehow loosened up in the 10 minute drive from my garage to their shop which was really really cool clearly this isn't some big miracle but as a car guy i have to think that this was just like the porsche gods finally giving us a break

after

pushing this car all around the driveway
for a couple of days and the car finally just letting go with one last push from kevin his new old 944 was in the garage and would start the next leg of its journey in the hands of an excited young man and out of the

junkyard

for good you