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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-04-2002, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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Miracle engine cleaner needed

Off and on for three days I've been alternately soaking and scrubbing with stoddard solvent from the parts wash tank. Twenty five years of oil mixed with dust and lightly baked - it's mighty tough stuff.

The engine/transmission/transfer case is hanging in the shop, and my goal is to get it clean enough that fresh paint will hold for a while. I have a pressure washer, but it won't touch the really tough stuff. In fact, some is hard to chip loose with a screwdriver.

Is there a miracle solvent? I can get it out of the building, so I would even consider something flammable.
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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

Without a hot tank, you're in for some work. I've found Simple Green and very hot water to be effective, but you have to let it soak.

Another (flammable!!! [img]images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]) option is to heat the grime with a propane torch in hopes that it will soften enough that you can remove it easier.
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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

Try some oven cleaner. Works pretty good and even takes paint off. Make sure you let it soak overnight and be sure and get the kind with lye in it.

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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

Hi Jim
When I restored my CJ it was a mess and a half (the engine/tranny/tcase). I bought a few cans of HD Oven cleaner and it really worked well . Use HOT water when rinsing it off .
Like Shampoo , rinse and repeat if needed [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

I used a paint scraper ( putty knowfe thingy) and wire brush, and engine cleaner, and brake cleaner, and simple green, and hi pressure water, and...

the putty knife probably removed the most of it.

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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

<font color="red">BE ADVISED - OVEN CLEANER EATS SHAFT SEALS!!!</font color>

I have used it but wound up changing a pinion seal because of it. No, it wasn't that the grease was making the seal, the pinion seal had been changed just a couple weeks before.

I've had good luck with Gumout, STP and Auto Zone engine cleaners. I think they are all about the same but I alternate them starting with Auto Zone and finishing with STP foamy.

I also use spray carburetor cleaner and spray brake parts cleaner. For aluminum I've used the Eagle 1 mag wheel cleaner.
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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

My transfer case was all cruded up, but not as bad as your sounds, I use a 1/4" air dril with a wire wheel. It works great, but it will cover you up in the crud you are removeing.
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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

I have very good results with industrial strength Simple Green. I buy it by the gallon at Motion Industries for around $11. I pour it in a gallon ice cream container and let it sit. In a parts washer is even better.
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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

If your looking for a nice paintable surface, I'll recommend this . Cheap, effective, and a lot less elbow grease than any of the above [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img].
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Re: Miracle engine cleaner needed

I used some gasket remover the other day on my Subaru's engine. I noticed that it cleaned EVERYTHING off of that sucker. Might look into that. But it's also in small cans, so it might cost a bit. Just a thought.
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