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Tips on sandblasting carb

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11-30-2001 06:15:29

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Have an F-12 carb that could use a major cleaning.
Have access to a blasting cabinet, should I use it to clean it up or would it be better to go another route? Any tips would be appreciated.

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Red Dave

11-30-2001 08:29:49

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 Re: Tips on sandblasting carb in reply to Jimbo, 11-30-2001 06:15:29  
I have never done it because of the tiny passages in some carburators. What do you do if a grain of sand gets jammed in one of them?
I do know some who use a bead blaster with very fine glass beads on carbs and apparently have OK results. But I'm leery of it.

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11-30-2001 07:51:50

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 Re: Tips on sandblasting carb in reply to Jimbo, 11-30-2001 06:15:29  

I am an advocate of sandblasting when it comes to tractors (if you are very careful and cover all seals etc.);however, I do not sandblast carbs. I have a gallon of carb cleaner from NAPA that works great. After they are dried off, a few minutes on the wire wheel clean them completely. Good luck.

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11-30-2001 07:18:27

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 Re: Tips on sandblasting carb in reply to Jimbo, 11-30-2001 06:15:29  

I did two carbs last year one for a '58 cub and one off a '55 400. The 400 carb was really bad, varnish on the inside and a caked on hard shell of grease and dirt on the outside. I used a gallon of Chem-dip available at my local Autozone. It worked great! I cleaned as much of the grime off the outside as possible, disassembled and allowed parts to soak overnight. Put them back together with a new rebuild kit. Both carbs came out looking and working like new. I'd stay away from sandblasting, especially when the Chem-dip was so easy. Skeeter

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11-30-2001 07:15:32

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 Re: Tips on sandblasting carb in reply to Jimbo, 11-30-2001 06:15:29  
I sand blast all the carburetors that I rebuild. All you need to do is blow them out good and put them back together

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Farmall Paul

11-30-2001 07:05:40

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 Re: Tips on sandblasting carb in reply to Jimbo, 11-30-2001 06:15:29  
Jimbo- I used a bead blast cabinet for my 'H' carb. It was sooo bad that I figured I would either save it or ruin it. I only the did housing, and I stripped it COMPLETELY down. Then, I used pipe cleaners, spray carb cleaner and compressed air to clear sand out of all the passages. I took extra care to make sure I had it clean. I put it back together with a complete carb kit (including float) and it runs perfect.

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11-30-2001 06:38:06

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 Re: Tips on sandblasting carb in reply to Jimbo, 11-30-2001 06:15:29  
I don't think sandblasting is a good idea for a carb. you could easily plug up small passages in the process and I don't know how you would ever get that sand out. there are chemical solvents that work well and are easier on the carb. check with NAPA.

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