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11-21-2005 05:57 PM
FrankR
Quote:
Originally Posted by atlantis
In the meantime the washer is nearly finished, see how it turned out in the pics below. Sorry they're not very good quality as my digital camera is only a cheap one.

The pump is a fuel pump from a Saab 9000 (my garage neighbour is a Saab crack and removed it just because it has run a quarter million km, but it's working fine). The transformer was rescued from trash, was from a low voltage lighting system and delivers 5A at 12V. There's a rectifier located behind the on/off switch because the transformer delivers ac.

At the moment there's diesel inside. The fluid passes a screen when flowing off the half barrel, and at the bottom of the pump pickup there is a normal fuel filter as used on motorcyles and the like.

Regards
Martin
Ain't it a bit....tall? I assume the top part sits to one side of the barrell, right?
11-13-2005 12:19 AM
ChevelleSS_LS6 that's a nice job... I'd take one of those over HF any day of the week.
11-09-2005 12:32 PM
atlantis In the meantime the washer is nearly finished, see how it turned out in the pics below. Sorry they're not very good quality as my digital camera is only a cheap one.





The pump is a fuel pump from a Saab 9000 (my garage neighbour is a Saab crack and removed it just because it has run a quarter million km, but it's working fine). The transformer was rescued from trash, was from a low voltage lighting system and delivers 5A at 12V. There's a rectifier located behind the on/off switch because the transformer delivers ac.

At the moment there's diesel inside. The fluid passes a screen when flowing off the half barrel, and at the bottom of the pump pickup there is a normal fuel filter as used on motorcyles and the like.

Regards
Martin
10-25-2005 01:26 AM
jimfulco I thought about sinking a VW Beetle oil screen in the barrel & picking up the fluid from the middle of the screen, just like a VW oil pump does, then pumping it through a large inline fuel filter like fuel-injected Fords use. This is purely theoritical, I haven't tried it yet.
10-24-2005 07:22 AM
FrankR
Quote:
Originally Posted by atlantis
Yes those HF washers are fairly cheap but I live overseas and there are no HF stores over here...

I see the cut-in-half-barrel washer has been built before, but I'm surprised that some of you don't use a filter, I don't trust the dirt-will-sink-to-the-bottom approach and want to filter the fluid before leading it back into the tank.

Using diesel would be worth a try, it's about 1.75 a litre, the dedicated cleaners are 3-4 bucks a litre (cheapest offer I found so far).

Regards
Martin
My filter is simple but it works well. I suspended a bowl under the drain. The drain has a piece of screen wire doubled over in it. The bowl catches any thing else heavy that might make it through. The fluid just continually overflows the bowl and the heavy stuff fall to the bottom of the bowl. Makes it quieter too. I also have my pump a 1/2" off the bottom of the tank.
10-24-2005 06:04 AM
atlantis Yes those HF washers are fairly cheap but I live overseas and there are no HF stores over here...

I see the cut-in-half-barrel washer has been built before, but I'm surprised that some of you don't use a filter, I don't trust the dirt-will-sink-to-the-bottom approach and want to filter the fluid before leading it back into the tank.

Using diesel would be worth a try, it's about 1.75 a litre, the dedicated cleaners are 3-4 bucks a litre (cheapest offer I found so far).

Regards
Martin
10-23-2005 08:17 PM
ChevelleSS_LS6 build your own for spare change and use the $79.99 for....

-a dyno session
-tools you can't build
-speed parts
-taking the wife/girlfriend/whatever out on a nice date
10-22-2005 08:39 PM
oldred Roger, I don't own one of the HF washers but I know of a couple of guys that do and it seems they are one of the items from HF that work really well. One of the fellows rebuilds transmissions and the other runs a small engine/lawn mower shop and both use these things a lot, seems like it would make more sense than trying to build one.

Just a thought
10-21-2005 11:19 PM
roger1
Quote:
Originally Posted by atlantis
Has anybody built a parts washer? I plan on using an electric fuel pump to pump the cleaner but am particularly interested in how others have built the filter system and what kind of cleaner they use.

Regards
Martin
Do you really want to build one when you can get one of these?

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=7340
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=42817
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=41108
http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=35740
10-21-2005 11:14 PM
roger1
Quote:
Originally Posted by bracketeer
Solvents are expensive. I have in the past used varasol with mixed results. It's about 3 bucks a gallon.
Diesel is at $3.15 a gallon down here in Texas.
I wonder if my powerstroke will run on Varsol?
10-20-2005 11:56 PM
FrankR Yes.

Go to www.homier.com. Buy Homier item #04725. You cannot find a better pump for the price.

Get a drum. I had a friend at a dealership save me a 55 gal that had windshield washer fluid in it. Ideally I would rather have had a smaller one. Ask around and you might get one for free like I did.

I used an old steel kitchen sink. Use the drain too. I took a piece of screen wire over the bottom in case any small parts were to find their way to the drain. All free.

I added a flash lid. Just a piece of sheet metal hinged.

Get about 4 ft of 3/8" vinyl tubing.

The rest you can figure out. Mounting of the sink, rigging a spout.
10-20-2005 03:47 AM
Bucko
Quote:
Originally Posted by atlantis
Thanks so far for the input. There is something worrying me at the moment: I inquired about industry cleaners that are offered for such parts washers and found that these are TREMENDOUSLY expensive where I live.

What did you do? It's possible that such cleaners are cheaper in the USA, but probably not. These cleaners usually contain kerosene, is it possible to use normal kerosene which is probably cheaper, or does anybody have a special receipe for a cleaning mixture?

Regards
Martin
I just use plain diesel fuel in mine. Works well and when you leave it sit for a while all the heavy solids sink to the bottom and the remaining diesel is fairly clean.
I've found it works well at getting rid of the large amount of crap that accumulates and then I just give whatever I'm cleaning a quick degrease and hose. Job done.

BTW, my parts cleaner is a 60 litre drum on it's side and cut in half. It's welded to a frame with wheels and has a large(ish) pump underneath it.
Don't know what the pump was originally for, but it was cheap at a junk sale.
10-19-2005 09:29 AM
cliff tate
Quote:
Originally Posted by OneMoreTime
Yup they are very expensive but then since they are constantly recycled in the parts washer it may not be as much of an issue as is generally thought. for a homemade washer I woudl like to use 1/2 of a 55 gal drum so I can put a complete tranny or engine block on the washer. Now one will need to do a secondary cleaning before painting to make sure no solvents are left to interfere with painting. Might be best to just bite the bullet and get a replacement washer pump from your parts supplier as some of the jury rig deals wind up costing as much or more as doing it right in the first place.

OMT
my jeery riged washer is 10 years old and all i ever do is clean the filter, the made in china ones ar small and short lived
10-19-2005 09:27 AM
cliff tate
parts cleaner

Quote:
Originally Posted by bracketeer
Solvents are expensive. I have in the past used varasol with mixed results. It's about 3 bucks a gallon.
go to finning in naniamo they sell varsol in a 5gal can reasonable price, varsol is more suitable than kerosine. cliff
10-19-2005 07:57 AM
OneMoreTime
Cleaning solvents

Yup they are very expensive but then since they are constantly recycled in the parts washer it may not be as much of an issue as is generally thought. for a homemade washer I woudl like to use 1/2 of a 55 gal drum so I can put a complete tranny or engine block on the washer. Now one will need to do a secondary cleaning before painting to make sure no solvents are left to interfere with painting. Might be best to just bite the bullet and get a replacement washer pump from your parts supplier as some of the jury rig deals wind up costing as much or more as doing it right in the first place.

OMT
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