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How to kill the smell of a 40 year old car?

If you have ever owned a old car you know the smell I am talking about. I hate it. Any ideas?

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New carpet, or get Nick and I to steam clean/shampoo it.

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New carpet, or get Nick and I to steam clean/shampoo it.
It does and the seat was redone. My dads camaro with all new stuff smells like it, and so does my grandpa's grand prix. Yack...

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It does and the seat was redone. My dads camaro with all new stuff smells like it, and so does my grandpa's grand prix. Yack...
Like a mildew smell?

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Like a mildew smell?
Yes, could it be the factory sound deadner?

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Yes, could it be the factory sound deadner?
It's a possibility. Anytime something like that soaks up water it's a pain to get out, it's like a sponge that just holds in moisture.

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It's a possibility. Anytime something like that soaks up water it's a pain to get out, it's like a sponge that just holds in moisture.
When you open the door its like a nauseating smell. I just went out and sprayed some shit I got from ford, I doubt it will help though.

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40 years worth of M&Ms falling into the defroster vent?

Seriously though, it probably is the sound deadener and seat foam.
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40 years worth of M&Ms falling into the defroster vent?

Seriously though, it probably is the sound deadener and seat foam.
Still waiting on Nicks advice. If not I will be yanking out the deadener.

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time to sell it! lol..
I gotta keep it longer then 2 days lol. I want a a 67 camaro or a 68-69 road runner.

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Keep the windows rowed down as often as possible. That's the only advise you can really get without spraying something in the car to cover up the smell. If you think it's the cardboard sound deadner than only way to fix the problem is to remove all of it.
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Keep the windows rowed down as often as possible. That's the only advise you can really get without spraying something in the car to cover up the smell. If you think it's the cardboard sound deadner than only way to fix the problem is to remove all of it.
It smells like old people and moth balls...

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It smells like old people and moth balls...
I had a bit of that going in my 69, if you can get an ozinator, that will help, and like buzzo said, keep the windows down while in the garage...

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I had a bit of that going in my 69, if you can get an ozinator, that will help, and like buzzo said, keep the windows down while in the garage...
Hum we do have a air purifier for my son. How well does that work?

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Hum we do have a air purifier for my son. How well does that work?
The home ones take a while, but do some good. If it has moldy deadener and foam and such it will come back.

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The home ones take a while, but do some good. If it has moldy deadener and foam and such it will come back.
I guess its worth a try. I will most likely end up ripped out and replacing the deadener.

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I guess its worth a try. I will most likely end up ripped out and replacing the deadener.
I will be too, the downside is the Grandes had an EXTRA 50lbs of deadener over the standard mustangs... yeah

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I will be too, the downside is the Grandes had an EXTRA 50lbs of deadener over the standard mustangs... yeah
that sucks... have you thought about that audio sticker stuff. I see alot of people using it.

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try the headliner too. Lots of odor soaks into the headliner and stays.
Get up and smell the headliner directly. Just bury your nose in parts of the car (headliner, carpet, under the seats, seats) to see exactly where the smell is coming from. If its the carpet pull the carpet, new carpet. If its the seats it could be the foam in the seats. Or headliner could well be the headliner.
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I will go out tomorrow after work, and start smelling stuff.

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Charcoal

After the mess has been properly cleaned and the carpet or fabric is completely dry, set an open bag of charcoal in the car. Charcoal is one of the best natural products you can use to absorb and get rid of odors, and after your car smells fresh and clean, you can still use the charcoal for outdoor grilling.

Coffee Grounds

Many truck drivers use coffee grounds to get rid of bad odors from their trailers after hauling fresh onions and other strong smelling loads. As the coffee grounds dry, they absorb odors and leave behind nothing more than the scent of freshly brewed coffee.

Vinegar

Vinegar is another natural product that absorbs and neutralizes all types of odors. Set a bowl of white vinegar in your car to get rid of bad odors left behind after a particularly malodorous mishap. For best results, let the vinegar set undisturbed, after the car has aired out, until the odor has dissipated.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is also a good absorbent. Put a generous amount of baking soda in an uncovered container (the size of the container depends on the size of the confined area) and leave it for several days. Remove the baking soda and replace it with new one and leave it for a couple of days. Continue replacing the baking soda until it has cleared the bad smell.

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Charcoal

After the mess has been properly cleaned and the carpet or fabric is completely dry, set an open bag of charcoal in the car. Charcoal is one of the best natural products you can use to absorb and get rid of odors, and after your car smells fresh and clean, you can still use the charcoal for outdoor grilling.

Coffee Grounds

Many truck drivers use coffee grounds to get rid of bad odors from their trailers after hauling fresh onions and other strong smelling loads. As the coffee grounds dry, they absorb odors and leave behind nothing more than the scent of freshly brewed coffee.

Vinegar

Vinegar is another natural product that absorbs and neutralizes all types of odors. Set a bowl of white vinegar in your car to get rid of bad odors left behind after a particularly malodorous mishap. For best results, let the vinegar set undisturbed, after the car has aired out, until the odor has dissipated.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is also a good absorbent. Put a generous amount of baking soda in an uncovered container (the size of the container depends on the size of the confined area) and leave it for several days. Remove the baking soda and replace it with new one and leave it for a couple of days. Continue replacing the baking soda until it has cleared the bad smell.
Thanks man. I love using white vinegar and water to degrease a motor. Cooter, it would bother me so much, if it wasn't so strong. the grand prix and my dads car dont smell near that bad.

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As for car smell, I usually put a box of baking soda under the seat and leave it there.

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If you can find someone who has an ozone generator that'll let you use it, try that. If it does not work, start replacing parts.

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That smell is gonna be in the seat foam, vents, sound deadner, headliner, everywhere! You'll never get rid of it 100% without replacing everything. But cleaning everything can help. You can use different products(listed above) to absorb the old smell, but if you don't get rid of the source, it'll always come back. Has to be cleaned or replaced to totally get rid of the smell.

What options(tools) do you have available to clean it all?

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That smell is gonna be in the seat foam, vents, sound deadner, headliner, everywhere! You'll never get rid of it 100% without replacing everything. But cleaning everything can help. You can use different products(listed above) to absorb the old smell, but if you don't get rid of the source, it'll always come back. Has to be cleaned or replaced to totally get rid of the smell.

What options(tools) do you have available to clean it all?

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I have a carpet cleaner, and I can order just about anything from meguires.com I have a air purifier as well. I went out last night to double check the trim tag numbers, and as soon as I opened the garage door bam it hit me in the face. I had not even opened the door.

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...as soon as I opened the door bam it hit me in the face. I had not even opened the door.
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I have a carpet cleaner, and I can order just about anything from meguires.com I have a air purifier as well. I went out last night to double check the trim tag numbers, and as soon as I opened the garage door bam it hit me in the face. I had not even opened the door.
What kind of carpet cleaner? You'll need something with a decent amount of pressure and suction. And do not use it on your headliner! The dampness with cause the headliner to fail, leaving you with a sagging headliner.
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What kind of carpet cleaner? You'll need something with a decent amount of pressure and suction. And do not use it on your headliner! The dampness with cause the headliner to fail, leaving you with a sagging headliner.
I use on from the house. A bissle. sp? It has awesome suction. I wont touch the headliner. If you let it air out, its ok. but once you roll the windows up and then leave it for a day, it stanks.

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I started with a spray deodorizer and a strong air freshener. Its helped alot. I am still going to shampoo the carpets.

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Don't know if you want to try it, but when I bought my house one closet smelled kind old must! Nothing seemed to work such as candles or air fresheners! So I ended buying a thing called damprid, It worked great and the smell is completly gone! It's worth a shot, but you will probably have to leave in the car for atleast a week or so and take out when you drive it. It's a plastic container that you poor some kind of crystals in it and they start desolving and turn the odor into a liquid in the bottom of the container.


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Don't know if you want to try it, but when I bought my house one closet smelled kind old must! Nothing seemed to work such as candles or air fresheners! So I ended buying a thing called damprid, It worked great and the smell is completly gone! It's worth a shot, but you will probably have to leave in the car for atleast a week or so and take out when you drive it. It's a plastic container that you poor some kind of crystals in it and they start desolving and turn the odor into a liquid in the bottom of the container.
Where did you get it at? I have a room in our house as well that is musky. I would be willing to try it in both places. I have the smell down to just a small odor. Thanks for the idea.

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DampRid is just a desiccant, similar to the silica gel packets you get in some products that say "DO NOT EAT"

I have seen DampRid at walmart.

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im sorry, but keep the windows rowed down? LOL!
Then the car and my garage smells like it lol.

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Then the car and my garage smells like it lol.
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Where did you get it at? I have a room in our house as well that is musky. I would be willing to try it in both places. I have the smell down to just a small odor. Thanks for the idea.

I bought mine at home depot, but I've seen it at ace hardware, lowes, and walmart! Try it out it really does work good!

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I had that old smell in my 69 Camaro.. I put a sliced up orange in the back of the car, it kinda helped. Also I did those Pine air fresheners (picture the scene from the movie Seven)..

But yeah nothing really worked 100%, but mine wasn't that bad either.
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