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NAIRB 02-08-2004 11:17 AM

Jet Wash Cabinet/hot Tank Ideas
 
My old hot tank is getting old and really cruddy, I was kicking around the idea of building a new one or even a fancy home-made jet-wash cabinet. The price of these things new is ridiculous if you think of what you are getting. I need something big enough to handle a block, or maybe some cylinder heads, nothing larger than that. Have you guys seen any good plans for one? Ideas? Parts cleaning is paramount to me, and the first order of business. I'm sure I can design my own, but several heads are always better than one.

Dubz 02-09-2004 12:58 AM

Re: Jet Wash Cabinet/hot Tank Ideas
 
Quote:

Originally posted by NAIRB
My old hot tank is getting old and really cruddy, I was kicking around the idea of building a new one or even a fancy home-made jet-wash cabinet. The price of these things new is ridiculous if you think of what you are getting. I need something big enough to handle a block, or maybe some cylinder heads, nothing larger than that. Have you guys seen any good plans for one? Ideas? Parts cleaning is paramount to me, and the first order of business. I'm sure I can design my own, but several heads are always better than one.
I am very interested in building my own to, if anyone has plans please share :)

BOBCRMAN@aol.com 02-09-2004 12:33 PM

I don't have the plans but,, my tank at home is a "salvage drum" converted to hot tank with agitation. A salvage drum is a large 55+gallon drum that they put leaking regular drums into. It is heavier material and has a removable lid.

Mine was made by welding two hot water heater element bungs into the sides about 8" above the bottom. then screw in some universal heater elements, hook them up to a used hot water heater thermostat mounted about half way up and you have your heat source.

The drum has a bung down low on one side that I use to empty the fluids when needed (don't just dump the effluent, the EPA will get ya!)

In the bottom of this wonderful piece, I made a removable stand, About 11" from the bottom so the items inserted in the water bath wouldn't contact the heater elements. Mine is made of 1/4" strap about 2" wide (looks like a cherry pie lattice crust).


I then plumbed an old high pressure pump (carbonator pump from an old soft drink unit, I think) from about 9" from the bottom and made two discharge nozzles out of 3/8" tubing and mounted them inside the upper part of the tank.

This unit uses soap obtained from the ZEP company, several types are available (rust remover, grease remover, and combinations of the two). Fill with water to cover the parts, about 2/3 up, and drop in your block or pair of heads.

This unit works as good as a commercial "Hot Tank" sometimes better, because I don't let the water get as dirty as commercial places do. Cleaning takes about 2 hrs.

NAIRB 02-09-2004 05:03 PM

AGITATOR
 
What do you think of using a piece of pipe, with some small holes in it to pressurize with air, and just let the air percolate the water, do you think this would stir the water enough, or would you use a regular pump?

Dubz 02-09-2004 05:12 PM

Re: AGITATOR
 
Quote:

Originally posted by NAIRB
What do you think of using a piece of pipe, with some small holes in it to pressurize with air, and just let the air percolate the water, do you think this would stir the water enough, or would you use a regular pump?
might work....would move the water around quite a bit depending on pressure. may have to try something like that, then just use the air compressor to power it, along with a heater of course.

NAIRB 02-09-2004 06:57 PM

I've been to several auctions lately and there were some steals on some good sized, square used farm fuel tanks, just the right size for a tank. Why didn't I buy them? Duhhhh!!!!!


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