Nikita The Lada 2101 – Rub, Scrub, Scrape, Repeat

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!

Cleaning products and beer, all needed for cleaning my Lada 2101
Cleaning products and beer, all needed for cleaning my Lada 2101

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.

Cilit Bang just really couldn't shift the mold growth on these seats. Doktor Power though was far better.
Cilit Bang just really couldn’t shift the mold growth on these seats. Doktor Power though was far better.

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.

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Nikita The Lada 2101 - 002: Rub, Scrub, Scrape, Repat
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Nikita The Lada 2101 - 002: Rub, Scrub, Scrape, Repat
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In this episode, we find out what goodies our Lada 2101 has underneath it's seats. We also find out whether Cilit Bang really does get rid of all the dirt with a bang, how to remove door cards from a Lada Zhiguli, and what effect drinking alcohol has on cleaning.

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