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I cleaned mine with water-based degreaser... (archive)

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Posted by mikeS on June 29, 2001 at 10:56:40:

In Reply to: Chemical to clean Carburators? posted by Bryan on June 29, 2001 at 00:58:28:

There are lots of carb cleaners. There's the kind in the metal can, "carb and parts dip", containing methylene chloride and a whole host of other nastiness. Works great, but you have to wear gloves. Then there's the highly volatile spray-on kind; lots of ether in it I think, and it's meant mostly for cleaning the carb and linkage while it's on the car.

But if you're completely disassembling the carbs, a solution of water and enviro-friendly degreaser works just fine. You don't need to buy a parts cleaning tub (mine was $99 at Harbor Freight), but the electric pump and hose make it much easier to clean things. Just let everything soak a while, then apply the water jet. Don't put anything sharp or hard--not even a wire brush--into any passageways. Use a nylon bristle brush.

Regarding appearance, you can always get the carb bodies and covers bead-blasted. Partially reassemble them and cover all holes with cardboard and very strong tape, so you don't wind up cleaning beads out of the passageways.

They can be powedercoated, but even better, they will polish nicely. I've seen DCOEs polished to a mirror finish on hot rods.


I just got 40DCOE's that need cleaning and rebuilding. I was wondering what I could put them in to clean off the oily residu and other stuff. Also after I clean them, if they do not shine to well, what could I do to spiff them up. Like powder coat, or other things?
Thanks for your help
red 73

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