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Whine & Vinegar.

April 18, 2014

Although I haven’t been posting updates I have been cleaning parts. Recently I heard about using vinegar to clean parts so I thought I’d give it a try.

I chose to start out with the door lock mechanism as I didn’t thing sandblasting was a good idea. I started out with a couple gallons of the easy to get verity and dropped mechanism in and let the set over night, the next day I could see progress so I left them another day. The problem was all the grease from the mechanisms broke down and left a film on the parts so I got another couple gallons and did them again for yet another couple days.

When the parts were removed I went over them with a small wire brush and rinsed them off in water with baking soda in it. I let the parts dry a little then dunked them in a bucket with WD-40 in it and the placed them on a sheet of cardboard. The next day I wiped them down ad was pleased with the results.

I had a second set of mechanisms from the parts car and wanted to compare the two set so I needed to clean them up as well. This time I chose to degrease them in carburetor cleaner first then into the vinegar, again two days in one bucket then another two in a second bucket with clean vinegar. The results were even better and with less scrubbing with the wire brush.

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Now the fun begins

April 25, 2014

As previously mentioned the engine has been in the shop and it is finally ready. Initially I thought the bill was a little on he high side but soon realized they also purchased some of the parts that we were not expecting them to get like a cam and timing set along with an oil pump. All those extra parts needed to be swapped out as the cam wasn’t proper for our taste and we wanted a high volume oil pump, because of the cam swap they also needed to swap out the timing chain set.

Once we have all the parts and a space to work the assembly will start. The nice thing about this is now that I have paid for the engine I can now focus on other expenses like the front suspension and transmission.

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