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Old 10-25-2002, 10:32 AM
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Dunno how many people know this little trick, but it`s something I learned. Doing a rebuild and gonna clean your own block? If you have the things to remove the block plugs to the Oil Galleries, buy yourself a Rifle cleaning kit and some 4/10 shotgun brushes, lube them up with solvent and go to it, a little of a tight fit at first but soon wears in. Cleaning the frame on your ride and cleaning the block and heads for the rebuild? Oven cleaner is the ideal thing to use, spray it on, let it soak in, and it`s acid dissolves in water, use high pressure water to rinse and most cases it even removes old paint. may take many cans to do get results, but is still cheaper than having the block hot tanked. best thing of all about these tips? there cheap! Oven Cleaner is avalible at any dollar tree or dollar store, or big lots or odd lots for a buck, Oven cleaner works wonders on automotive grease, just as it does on oven grease. This also works like a top on firewalls, transmissions, rearends, and so on. Always happy to share any tips i may have with fellow gear heads.

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Old 10-25-2002, 10:53 AM
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Wow.... I never even thought of oven cleaner!
I have thought about the rifle kit before though. In looking through any catalog, they have the engine brushes that look exactly like the rifle cleaning kits. I have about 5 different cleaning kits at home so I think I should be able to use one of them for my engine work!!! :p
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Old 10-25-2002, 11:36 AM
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Oven cleaner is an old trick for removing paint from styrene plastic cars. The other is brake fluid. Both work well but take time. I think the new grease cleaner (can't remember what the brand is but it comes in a purple jug and the liquid is purple) is better than oven cleaner as a grease remover. It sure strips paint off models faster than oven cleaner! Both are caustic and the purple stuff really tickles your skin when you get it on you. I presume they are the same thing only the grease cleaner is a little stronger than oven cleaner. If the oven cleaner is cheaper, by all means use it.
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Purplejug and purple fluid- Castrol super clean. DON"T GET IT ON POLISHED ALLUMINUM! Will oxodize!

White jug and purple fluid- Purple Power, never used but I heard it's the same strength,I'd be carefull from getting on alluminum as well
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Old 10-25-2002, 11:59 AM
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I use Power Clean from AutoZone its cheaper then Castrol and the others. I also use it in my restaurant to clean the walls, floor, vent-a-hood. I think most of the purple stuff is the same its just some are more proud of thiers then others.
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Purple power works well, I also use greased lightning or a generic version of the same as a pre-treat prior to using the power washer. It sure makes a mess but I don't like working on greasy engines, trannys or undercarriages. It helps keep everything clean during re-assembly if you start clean too.

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Good safety tip about the aluminum. This stuff is caustic and it attacks reactive metals. I ruined a tranny case by letting the stuff sit in a puddle in one of the piston bores. Castrol is the stuff I like.

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