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Old 07-27-2005, 05:20 AM   #1
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How to clean a dirty engine?

I pulled a 350 out of an old 4x4 pick-up, and decided to just put new gaskets on it (no rings/bearings). But, the engine is pretty filthy. I have heard of alot of things to use (degreaser, oven cleaner, some types of detergent) and i was wondering what was the best/easiest way to get all that gummed up stuff off of the block/heads and oil pan.

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Old 07-27-2005, 05:25 AM   #2
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one of my old jobs was detaililng cars. we would first let the motor warm up, then spray a heavy degreaser on it. let set for a few. then use a highpowered hose to spray off. did a pretty good job. just make sure you cover up the dist if you do this with a plastic bag.
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Old 07-27-2005, 05:31 AM   #3
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Yea i know about the distributor, and the engine is currently sitting on a stand. Would scraping the stuff off then using a power washer do the trick? or will there still be some grease left on? I just dont want to be cleaning this thing for hours haha
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Old 07-27-2005, 11:54 AM   #4
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Yea i know about the distributor, and the engine is currently sitting on a stand. Would scraping the stuff off then using a power washer do the trick? or will there still be some grease left on? I just dont want to be cleaning this thing for hours haha

i'd probably power wash it, spray degreaser on it, then powerwash it again...
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Old 07-28-2005, 03:17 AM   #5
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i help a family member do this a year or so ago and the best bet is power washing, but if you use the over cleaner BE SURE to wear thick rubber gloves, that stuff burns right through your skin like acid.
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