Cleaning carburettor with thinners

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Cleaning carburettor with thinners

Postby bjbrownie » Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:14 pm

A tip that I've been using for a few years now for cleaning carburettors and related engine parts is to clean with cellulose thinners-use a large bowl and a small brush, use in a well ventilated area or outside, and it gets all the gum,dirt and residue off relatively easily and leaves the aluminium ready for polishing or painting.
I did the carb and distributor this way, and lightly polished it with metal polish to keep any corrosion away (I'm repainting the distributor advance),lightly oil any moving parts, should look good when the engines repainted and back in! 8)[frame]Image[/frame] You can get 5 litres of basic thinners of eBay for around £10 with free delivery and it lasts for ages.
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Re: Cleaning carburettor with thinners

Postby bmcecosse » Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:37 pm

The 'Carb and choke' cleaner (contains Toluene amongst others) supplied in handy spray cans does the job very nicely - along with an initial blast of 'Alloy wheel cleaner' and a toothbrush ... Clean the toothbrush well afterwards, or it gives a strange taste.... :cry:
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Re: Cleaning carburettor with thinners

Postby Chipper » Sun Apr 27, 2014 11:39 am

Looks good, though your carb should have a metal heat shielding around that fuel pipe between the float chamber and the carb, else you may suffer from fuel vaporisation. :wink:

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Re: Cleaning carburettor with thinners

Postby bjbrownie » Sun Apr 27, 2014 7:30 pm

Thanks Chipper for the advice, the fuel pipewas like that on the car-it must have deteriorated and fell off, I'll buy a new one when I finally get the engine back in. 8)
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Re: Cleaning carburettor with thinners

Postby Jeroen '65 kever » Tue May 13, 2014 8:20 pm

Looks verry nice! I did it almost the same way, but i gave it a tumbler treatment. I know that's something with is not reachable for everybody (also not for me anymore) but something everybody can do is use a drill and a steel wire brush. Afther that i use some chrome polish and an old rag. It sound very havy, but this is the result...[frame]Image[/frame][frame]Image[/frame]

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Re: Cleaning carburettor with thinners

Postby bjbrownie » Thu Jun 05, 2014 12:16 pm

Now that's nice! :lol:
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