So now the dust has settled and my Lada Zhiguli is safely tucked up in my garage. Yes, my Lada 2101 is home! I can finally get to work on Nikita and get her on the road. Before I can start adding a Rover K-Series engine to it, the car needs a clean. I need to be able to see what state the metal is in. It’s also an excuse for a video!
As you’ll see from the video below, I was presented with a huge amount of mold. Originally I tried Cilit Bang to remove the mold from the head lining. It didn’t really work. I was recommended Doktor Power, and not only did it smell amazing it did an incredible job too!
It wasn’t all plain sailing however. A good chunk of time was spent removing just one screw that held the arm rest to a passenger door. The reason? Well over the last 44 years water has attacked that screw, resulting in corrosion of the thread. I used a number of techniques to remove the screw, all contained within the video below.
Bang! And the dirt is still there.
The seats were removed. Whether I keep these seats and put them back in this Lada Zhiguli is still up for debate. It’s a daily debate in my head actually, especially when I see them. For now though they’ve had a rudimentary clean to get the worst of the mold off them. I used Cilit Bang for this, but if I’m honest I will go back to them with Doktor Power. It’s just a far better product to use in this scenario. The results are just as good as you’d get from a strong bleach. On the subject of bleach, Cillit Bang is difficult to use in a car. The stench of it reminded me of what it would’ve been like in the trenches of World War 1.