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Old January 7th, 2009, 09:14 PM   #1
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so i live on a hill bug i go to school in a pit

and its been raining forever
and its flooding!

so no school tomorow!

that means i actually have time to work on my engine


i just ordered some new parts

but
im using the same pistons, barrels, heads and case

my question is

how can i clean these out?
i bought some degreaser in a gallon jug

i was going to soak all my parts in it

will this do the job?
can i use a wire brush to help get rid of the gunk?


then i was going to hone out the barrels.
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Old January 7th, 2009, 11:45 PM   #2
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easy off oven cleaner works awesome and so does diesel fuel with a good parts cleaning brush
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Old January 8th, 2009, 12:18 AM   #3
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dude im in seattle the rain SUCKS. go to Ovals motor sport in federal way www.ovalsmotorsport.com they cleaned my parts when i built my motor and it was like 35 bucks. they have a parts washer and will inspect it too. they also have a great machinist a do really good work. theres a guy there named joe (i think) whos really nice but may come off like a bit of a dick but hes just one of those no bullshit guys. and im not far if you want help ive built a few engines and have all the tools. oh and CHECK YOUR HEADS FOR CRACKS. 90% of all vw heads have cracks between the valve seats or from the plug hole to the valve seat. i was gonna reuse my heads but had to get new ones. OVALs sells good rebuilt heads for $100 each. ive put 35k on the ones i got and there still kickin

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Old January 8th, 2009, 04:34 AM   #4
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If you're near one of those self-spray car washes, bring your case there after you've cleaned out all the gunk you can reach. You'll be amazed at how much crap comes out after you thought it was already clean.

Be glad it's rain, not ice and snow! Good luck with your rebuild.

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Old January 8th, 2009, 04:37 AM   #5
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easy off oven cleaner! works great. Be careful, because it takes paint off too. So don't do it around your cars or your engine tins, unless you want them to rust .
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Old January 8th, 2009, 07:17 AM   #6
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If anybody you know has one of those little portable steamers like you see on tv, get it and use it. My mom got one for christmas a few years back, used it a little then gave it to me this winter. Works GREAT. I sprayed everything with Gunk Citrus engine cleaner first and let it set for a while. Then went back with the steamer with the little round wire brush that goes on the end of the steam gun. Pulls it right off, maybe having to scrub a little if the grease and stuff is built up thick in a corner or something. X2 on the oven cleaner too. And get Fume Free if your cleaning parts in a closed shop. It will save you a bad headache.
Good luck on the rebuild Hope the rain quits, been doin similar here, think 14''in december and 5'' already this month



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Old January 8th, 2009, 08:26 AM   #7
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Oven cleaner works great, get the cheap stuff at the $1 store, not the expensive Easy-Off brand name. It will etch aluminum surfaces a bit, not really a problem on a casting, but could be an issue on a fine machined surface or something polished. Washes off nice with just water.
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I forget the name of it, so this might not help, but, I used some biodegradable-water soluble stuff that worked great. Rinsed off with water as well... It came in a 1 gal. jug like a bleach bottle. I poured the stuff on, scrubbed a little with a wire brush & stiff bristle brush, then rinsed & it was NICE!
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Old January 8th, 2009, 08:33 AM   #9
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I forget the name of it, so this might not help, but, I used some biodegradable-water soluble stuff that worked great. Rinsed off with water as well... It came in a 1 gal. jug like a bleach bottle. I poured the stuff on, scrubbed a little with a wire brush & stiff bristle brush, then rinsed & it was NICE!
Sounds like Simple Green. That's what I use and it works great. It will also remove paint if you leave a part soaking in it overnight.
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Sounds like Simple Green. That's what I use and it works great. It will also remove paint if you leave a part soaking in it overnight.

if you dont like the smell of simple green, purple power is aboot as good.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 10:47 AM   #11
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dude im in seattle the rain SUCKS. go to Ovals motor sport in federal way www.ovalsmotorsport.com they cleaned my parts when i built my motor and it was like 35 bucks. they have a parts washer and will inspect it too. they also have a great machinist a do really good work. theres a guy there named joe (i think) whos really nice but may come off like a bit of a dick but hes just one of those no bullshit guys. and im not far if you want help ive built a few engines and have all the tools. oh and CHECK YOUR HEADS FOR CRACKS. 90% of all vw heads have cracks between the valve seats or from the plug hole to the valve seat. i was gonna reuse my heads but had to get new ones. OVALs sells good rebuilt heads for $100 each. ive put 35k on the ones i got and there still kickin
hey how much did they charge you for machining work?
like line boring and and regrinding crank and such



ya i got citrus orange and ive got some simple green laying around
so i should be good to go for now

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Old January 8th, 2009, 11:19 AM   #12
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line bore was like 20 i think. i used a new crank but im guessing it shouldnt be too bad. i actually dont know if they do cranks.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 02:43 PM   #13
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sweet thanx!

ok so ive been cleaning all morning
and now i have my rods soaking

i need to go get another gallon of that stuff or something else so i can partially dip my whole case half


so nobody responded negatively to honing out my cylinder barrels
i help a guy that rebuilds small block chevys and he says to always hone out the cylinders really good
is that the same for an aircooled engine?
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Old January 8th, 2009, 02:54 PM   #14
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new jugs are so cheap and id just replace em. just make sure if you do hone em to hone to the next over size and get new rings. but just be careful cause jugs warp if theyre too thin. check your skirts for cracks too!!!, cip1.com has really good rebuild kits that come with new p&c's for like 300 bucks. check on craigslist i saw a 1641 set on there for less than 100.
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Old January 8th, 2009, 10:59 PM   #15
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ok i didnt end up honing them

but the tip on oven cleaner worked great!!
got a few cans at the dollar store when i was picking up some more steel wool

got it pretty much cleaned today
still have all my rods soaking

ill leave em there til i get my parts in the mail.
now i just gotta take it out and spray it off
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