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#1 bigbossowen

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 09:31 AM

hi boys and girls

i have just purchased my first mini a series engine  (cant afford the hole car yet)

i am trying to do a rebuild on a budget and am looking for the best way to clean the head and block when they are bear.

i have looked on the net for advice and think i have found the best but want approval be i do it

i am thinking of a caustic soda bath as this get every where and removes everything

what do you think???

thanks  

  



#2 AlexMozza

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 03:07 PM

Jizzer is good. If not a good pressure wash, just make sure to dry everything to avoid rust in the bores etc. 



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 04:44 PM

is jizzer not just a degreaser ???

  i want something that will get in the oil and water ways and clean out the sludge and scale paint and rust a bit like befor galvanizing they put thinks in a big hot acid bath.



#4 Wise Old Elf

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 04:45 PM

The best thing to do is take it to your local engine builder and get it dipped in a hot acid bath.



#5 Dan the Van

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Posted 21 December 2013 - 05:30 PM

Got a dishwasher? :D



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 07:31 PM

have a study about electrolosis,,water soda and a battery charger,,you can get perfectly great results for little costs,

and you wont burn your fingers and face off as you could with caustic soda,,, :X



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:33 PM

Yer i do have a dish washer and i am intrigued????

 

thanks for the concern but you would not notice if i did get caustic soda on my face 

have you used this electrolysis my biggest concern is f**king things up and having to replace them



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Posted 21 December 2013 - 10:49 PM

i under stand that the engine builder would be the best way but i have very little money to do the build and i need to buy clutch pullers and a valve compressor aswell as new parts for a standard rebuild so im trying to save £ where i can but i do thank you for your comment 



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 12:52 AM

jesus you must have bad ass hackney then,,or just an ugly mother fu ck er lol,,

no not done electroll myself just googled it,,loads of picks,,even full engine blocks became spotless,,

pulllers,,ive used hardwood wedges no probs,,

valve compressors,,a big  g clamp,,fiddly but doable,,better still with two pronds welded on end,,

you can save money in lots of ways,,it just takes longer,,and also can make you feel good,,

 

Good Luck,, :proud:



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:03 AM

Dishwasher,70 degrees,plenty of tablets,wait till missus is out,works a treat.



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:13 AM

Dishwasher,70 degrees,plenty of tablets,wait till missus is out,works a treat.



+1, if you want to put vanish and a dash of bleach into the mix it won't do any harm,

Just run the dish washer again afterwards with nothing in to clean it through

Or as an alternative, I know your trying to save money but just take a look on ebay for a second hand dishwasher, especially at this time of year you'll get some bargains. And to have it in the garage I've just run the dishwasher off of a hose pipe because you only need a cold water feed and directed the waste down a drain or something.

Might be worth looking at if your gunna be doing a lot of cleaning


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Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:31 AM

jesus you must have bad ass hackney then,,or just an ugly mother fu ck er lol,,

no not done electroll myself just googled it,,loads of picks,,even full engine blocks became spotless,,

pulllers,,ive used hardwood wedges no probs,,

valve compressors,,a big  g clamp,,fiddly but doable,,better still with two pronds welded on end,,

you can save money in lots of ways,,it just takes longer,,and also can make you feel good,,

 

Good Luck,, :proud:

im not as ugly as the white mini in one of the other threads 

well i will dig out some old parts and have a look in to this if this is as good as youtube says then i will wright a thread up 

as no one has seemed to had direct experience with diy cleaning i will try all the way and get back to you all 

dose any one have these tools for sale ??????



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:36 AM

 

Dishwasher,70 degrees,plenty of tablets,wait till missus is out,works a treat.



+1, if you want to put vanish and a dash of bleach into the mix it won't do any harm,

Just run the dish washer again afterwards with nothing in to clean it through

Or as an alternative, I know your trying to save money but just take a look on ebay for a second hand dishwasher, especially at this time of year you'll get some bargains. And to have it in the garage I've just run the dishwasher off of a hose pipe because you only need a cold water feed and directed the waste down a drain or something.

Might be worth looking at if your gunna be doing a lot of cleaning


Trac

 

now that is an idea if it works well then i will look at buying one



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Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:43 AM

Try this one, 2 hours to go and only at £6

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item35cfb84c91

Only works if you live near and collect though I guess

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Posted 22 December 2013 - 08:46 AM

Or another one with 2 1/2 hours to go and it's only at £1 with no bids

http://www.ebay.co.u...=item2333af46fc

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