Originally Posted by Billy_McSkintos
Inclined? Certainly, but definitely not experienced. Looking forward to the challenge though and grateful for all the advice on guidance available on this board.
If I removed the battery, covered the spark plugs, distributor, and SPICA intakes would it be safe to hose down the engine and bay?
Welcome aboard the BB Billy, we all started off somewhere and we're all still learning... ask away, there are plenty of good learned folks here who are more than willing to help a fellow Alfisti !!
As to washing, yes, cover up the distributor and any air openings at the Spica air filter and you can wash down the engine bay, don't worry to cover the plugs, the water only reaches a point before it flows out the back of the head & once it's all washed down you can mop up the remainder from around the plugs with an old towel for the worst graduating to paper towel for the bits right down at the plug bases - FIRST
make sure the plugs are not loose, you don't want water inside the motor.
A mild solution of soap & water / engine wash & paraffin etc will shift most dirt & grime, but be cautious of neat engine wash on decals etc. Sometimes warm water & Kleen Green is a safer option.
You have a good initial list of things to work through. I'd suggest flushing brake fluid is another good plan as is replacing the old flexible hoses with new ones. Once you have her running, then look at replacing the tyres as old tyres which have been left flat for a long period are never happy.
Post some more pictures when you can, we like pictures !