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Re: carb replacement?? or rebuild

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10-04-2013 07:09:56

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My impression is that the soak may be at the root of a lot of these rebuilt-my-carb-and-still-won't-run stories, because iron bodies are very rare these days, and most parts store carburetor cleaners just aren't compounded to handle iron. Add to that the fact that most cleaners today are a shadow of their former selves. To get an MS clean you need a combination of a decent cleaner and mechanical cleaning - wire, picks and air, and to alternate between the two.

Vinegar seems to work pretty well. Anyone tried phosphoric acid or lye?

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10-05-2013 04:40:33

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 Re: carb replacement?? or rebuild in reply to kylemorley, 10-04-2013 07:09:56  
Yep, I sued 'carb cleaner' loosely. Todays products are so watered down for safety reasons I really don't muck around with them. I blend my own stuff using mineral spirits mostly. If a carb is in rough shape with rust and crud, I will soak in a bath of white vinegar for a few weeks before cleaning. I have pictures of a before and after M/S TSX33 carb that I did using vinegar and you'd be amazed at the outcome. After vinegar bath and cleaning, it gets rinsed in clean vinegar before going right into a soap and water bath to neutralize the acidity of the vinegar, then air blown dry then a bath of pure mineral spirits, air blown, then a bath of denatured alcohol to remove moisture, oily residue, and any leftover stains. Basically my method.

Tim 'PloughNman' Daley(MI)

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