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    Dry cleaned then steam cleaned the seats. Dry cleaned the headliner with non ammonia foam upholstery cleanser (a pro reconditioner recommended I try this since the headliner was already brown from the nic stain and if all else fails would need replace anyhow). It is now 98% like-new colour. Started to steam clean the carpets beyond the intial large double-double extraction (it was nasty mold) in the front passenger foot well but I got lazy.

    Ended up removing all panels for ash and gunk extraction which lead to a stereo upgrade using old leftovers

    Found that mr clean magic erasers removed the nic from the plastics nicely but needed a double dose of plastic conditioner (not armor all) immediately after. They also dissolved from the scrubbing.

    8 hours and a final bomb of deodorizer later I could breathe inside the car. And found out the ac is in A+ shape.

    Tomorrow I will find out if it comes back.

    I topped up the tires and took the car for a quick run. Not so much wobble anymore. Still on a Right drive wheel donut tho.

    Scored at crappy: got a Dynomax turbo muffler on clearance that fits and found the seafoam... Tomorrow is seafoam and stereo day.
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    Still stinks inside... just no where near as bad as before... will need round 2 detailing


    Took it for a tire-swap this am (no more donut) then topped the tank with U94 for a lil' road test... seems mechanically sound and goes happy at 140... almost fast enough for the 407 left-lane

    Next week is the once-over unless I can find a mechanic I can trust (and who will trust me) before then. Good thing for extended insurance and temp-plates

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    stinky cars = dead kill, ran up the kick panels to the windshield post and went to heven before they got to headliner

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    I want some of whatever it is you are on

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    when you restore and redo the upolstrey from 60 yr. cars i have found mice to snakes stuck in every crook and cranny , i can mail you the fecies that are not good for the the lungs

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    Did you seafoam it?
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    Lil...look for an industrial cleaning supply shop...they will have an enzyme spray that will definitely get rid of the smell...we moved into a house the was unliveable due to cat piss smell...a few days later you would never now...works really well, likely under $20 a bottle, all you do is mix it with hot water to activate the bacteria and use a spray bottle to apply it...

    It's like retardedly strong fabreeze and has no odour itself...
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    ^^^ Now your previous post makes sense

    Hanta virus is not good for any part of human... Had death in the Comanche and Ambulance... was not fun to discover but made a difference after I gave the lil fellas decent burials.

    The car just stinks like old ashtray (thank goodness) might send it in for a pro carpet shampoo since I am running out of time and need to get started on actual safety/e-test part.

    Might look into the enzyme thing... strong smells = asthma attacks for me

    Havent seafoamed yet got the can sitting in the cup-holders tho

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    asthma attacks for me to ,500 mg. Advair x2 daily.oh well

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    Apparently o-zone generators are good for smoke smell. Leave it running in the car for a while and no more smell. A buddy of mine was going to rent one to do his house (previous owners smoked so much you can see where the studs are in the wall from the nic stains.) I'll let you know how it turns out.
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    Might be quicker to just take up smoking ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drizit View Post
    Apparently o-zone generators are good for smoke smell. Leave it running in the car for a while and no more smell. A buddy of mine was going to rent one to do his house (previous owners smoked so much you can see where the studs are in the wall from the nic stains.) I'll let you know how it turns out.
    Please do!

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    5 Lessons learned today:

    1. Double check wire boot connections after changing plugs or else the engine gets mad.

    2. Seafoam cans leak nasty and be sure to bring the leaky sea foam can with you when doing "aggressive test drive" afterwards for liability.... But officer the can said to! (joking no cops were involved).

    3. Crappy tire cross reference books for bulbs lie.

    4. Sometimes you got to go oem with exhaust parts (off-the-shelf dynomax muffler returned, oem unit ordered).

    5. Its sometimes better to get a pro involved... Car went to the spa for a "PDI" treatment after I called it quits. Worth every penny. No more yucky odors or mystery stains. Happy lungs!

    Next stop: SAFETY CHECK + ETEST!

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    Bah the only deference between you and the pro is how many times you will get it wrong before something works.

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    And the quality of ammo. Their deodorizers are insanely strong and my elbows have less 'grease'.

    Driving the car to North York today. Let's hope it makes it and keeps up with the 407-go lane.

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    Just want to thank you all for the advice!

    Fresh spark plugs, ultra94, and a can of sea foam got me the best etest ever!

    Also as for safety: after swapping tires I only had to replace the two midsections of exhaust, a rear wheel bearing (part of the drum), some indicator bulbs that weren't orange, and a tie rod end that the mechanic sent me to do as homework

    Runs like new and only on occasion I get a waft of ash but that should fade with continued washing.

    With the savings in time from the little things and having removed the panels to defumigate I got to play stereo as well... Thanks again!

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