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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:13 pm    Post subject: What to use/do to clean engine? Reply with quote

So I took my 1500cc out of my 67 while the body work gets done.
Now that its out and sitting in my garage what is the best way to clean it? And where should I be careful not to get water in?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know somebody said in the Type 3 forum not to use vinegar as it will eat the case up and in the process create highly volatile hydrogen gas.[/list]
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 6:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spray it down with simple green, or some other bio-degradable citrus cleaner. Let is sit for a while, and use some pressurized water to rinse it off.

don't stick the hose down the carb, and you should be fine.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

DrakeB wrote:
I know somebody said in the Type 3 forum not to use vinegar as it will eat the case up and in the process create highly volatile hydrogen gas.[/list]


No vinegar-check.

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spray it down with simple green, or some other bio-degradable citrus cleaner. Let is sit for a while, and use some pressurized water to rinse it off.

don't stick the hose down the carb, and you should be fine.


Will a waded up plastic bag seal those openings enough or should I try to plug it up with something more, like pieces of towel?
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bought some Marine Clean, I used it to clean the pans... This thing is a miracle in a box. I have used it to clean up the BBQ, bathtubs, toilets, concrete, you name it. Just spray, let it sit for 10-15 min and scrub with a tooth brush. Dawn power dissolver works good too, Walmart, $2.99
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 13, 2010 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used some cleaner called purple power and then used heat paint for the final. The only thing I replaced was the push rod tubes.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I used some cleaner called purple power and then used heat paint for the final. The only thing I replaced was the push rod tubes.

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Really, for the case and the heads the ONLY thing you did was wash it with Purple Power?!?
IF this is true, this is absolutely AMAZING!! I've never ever seen a cleaner get any engine this bright and clean and even! It looks like it was blasted.

You painted the silver right??
It is 100% obvious you painted the black.

Please confirm, Purple Power ONLY ?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 7:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to agree, Purple Power is pretty amazing. I've had similar results with it. Spray it on, maybe do a little brushing with a stiff bristle brush (sometimes not) and hose it off. Once dry, all ready for paint and detail.

Engine bays, undercarriages, front ends, works just as well.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just used purple power and a brush then painted the case and other parts with heat paint.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I just used purple power and a brush then painted the case and other parts with heat paint.


Thanks, that's what I suspected, it was way too clean to be just the naked case and heads in that photo!

We won't get into the argument extolling the pros and cons of painting these components. It's been done.

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used some generic Purple-Power-like stuff from Home Depot. I left the intake/exhausts open, but removed the rocker arms. The distributor and generator stand were still attached.
I knew I was starting it fairly soon after (6 months Smile ), so just blew out the intake and exhaust with compressed air, then hosed them down with WD40. It runs fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I used some generic Purple-Power-like stuff from Home Depot. I left the intake/exhausts open, but removed the rocker arms. The distributor and generator stand were still attached.
I knew I was starting it fairly soon after (6 months Smile ), so just blew out the intake and exhaust with compressed air, then hosed them down with WD40. It runs fine.
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Now this photo looks like a realistic view of an engine cleaned with a product. That is why I questioned if the flawless one was blasted or painted.

Looks like it worked good, you say Purple Power LIKE. What was it exactly?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice looking engines.

Was the Purple Power diluted with water or did anyone use the full strength straight from the container way....?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Full strength in an old plastic spray bottle.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 5:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have used toilet bowl cleaner in the past. As long it doesnt sit in a puddle in it over night it works great. It will actually etch the metal but not too much. The etch will give your high temp paint a better surface to adhere to. My .02
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I used Purple power also. My engine was COATED in oil. We took it apart down to a short block, replaced all the seals, purple power, and pressure washed it. I powder coated the tin, and intake.

The Ghia went from the way I got it a in Jan of 09:

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To how it looks now:

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I'm not 100% done yet, but WOW. What an improvement.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

By the way the case was painted on my engine. I removed the paint. It was pealing and looked awful.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 14, 2010 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:
Jeckler wrote:
I used some generic Purple-Power-like stuff from Home Depot. I left the intake/exhausts open, but removed the rocker arms. The distributor and generator stand were still attached.
I knew I was starting it fairly soon after (6 months Smile ), so just blew out the intake and exhaust with compressed air, then hosed them down with WD40. It runs fine.
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Now this photo looks like a realistic view of an engine cleaned with a product. That is why I questioned if the flawless one was blasted or painted.

Looks like it worked good, you say Purple Power LIKE. What was it exactly?

dave

Geez Dave, you gonna shine a light in my eyes during this interrogation too? Smile Don't I get a cup of coffee or something?
If the link works, it was this stuff. If the link doesn't work, it was ZEP Industrial Purple cleaner and degreaser. I diluted it, partly so it would last longer, and partly because I wanted my skin to last longer as well. I think it was 3 or 4 to 1.

This is what it looks like now, if anyone's wondering. Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jeckler, no interrogation, we all have Home Depots, if this stuff works so great I want to know what it was so I can copy you. Purple Power LIKE doesn't sell product, ZEP Industrial Purple Cleaner does.

Your engine looks great! I don't like perfect looking engines, not real, too shiny and clean. Too clean makes me think of a used car lot where they glossy clear coated EVERYTHING under the hood, always makes me think, what are they hiding with all of that shine? The engine cases never looked that perfect silver when new. Also, If a car is 50 years old, I haven't any problem with it looking like it is a 50 year old well kept engine.
For me, yours has just the right amount of clean and shine. Maybe put the stickers back on the fan shroud and air cleaner but outside of that, excellent.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 7:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

djkeev wrote:
Now this photo looks like a realistic view of an engine cleaned with a product. That is why I questioned if the flawless one was blasted or painted.
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He did say in his original post that he painted it with heat paint...
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