The new avatar is badass! Where'd you grab it?
Finished that one a fair while ago, I've taken down a hill to put a LNG gas plant in and gone back into mining since then. We're mining out an extinct volcano, it's coming up with some pretty decent grade iron ore.
Just construction stuff, we were building a 300km rail line for an iron ore mine. It's pretty much the hottest place in the world, a town 50km East of the rail had 160 consecutive days of over 100'F back in the 1920s.
Oh, for tire-shine foam spray I'd recommend Meguiar's Hot shine, and for a cheap over-the-counter detailing spray I'd also go with Meguiars.
Once that's done, you can use a quick detailing spray on your engine bay paint (granted it still needs some extra cleaning), and a dressing for all of your plastic/rubber piece. Now for this you CAN spray foam-tire shine on it and wipe it off, but it makes total mess of everything and if you half-ass it it will be greasy. The tire shine will preserve the rubber and make the plastic shine well. Any type of rubber/plastic dressing will work. If you do use a foam, it's best to cover up what you don't want covered in it, and if you don't do that, aim precisely and try not to overspray, wipe off any over spray and rub the tire-shine good to make sure it doesn't slag or make it too greasy. Then you can wipe it again with a damp cloth to get rid of most of the stickyness (greasy = attracts dust)
And really that's about it, if you have any polished metal under the hood then get a polishing compound for it and shine it up. Don't forget to clean the underside of your hood, too.
First you'll want to start with a degreaser, if you want to spend the money and have the patience to order quality stuff on the internet I'd go with Autogeek, if you want to just get it in store, let me know and I'll tell you what you can get from those. But from AG, this would be a good degreaser
Using that in conjunction with a stiff bristle brush and a couple of rags should clean up pretty much everything in your engine bay, just make sure you have electrical&intake stuff covered with tin foil, wet the engine bay down and warm it up a bit before spraying the degreaser. Let it sit, then scrub, and rinse. Then get a vacuum/leaf blower and get as much water as you can out of the engine bay, then crank your motor and let it dry itself.
Is that Fred Taylor?
I just googled the squadron for my own benefit. HMH-464, yes? I have the Hi-Res quality here: http://img3.imageshack.us/img3/3443/21212t.jpg and I bet youre familiar with the surroundings. :p
I've got H&R Super Sports. One of the lowest spring setups you can get with the most stiffness for a daily driven/street setup. Gotta get shocks and struts with them, though. They'll put hell on your OEM stuff.