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Cleaning the Engine

12 Nov 2019 13:36
Dave The Wave
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Cleaning the Engine #1
After overcoming a few medical issues, I back working on my 1971 RT1B 360. I'm trying to clean-up the engine to make it look more presentable. I'm using Mother's mag cleaner and a lot of elbow grease. It's getting better very slowly. Does anyone have a tip or two to help me speed-up the process. I will attempt to attach a photo but I have tried several times so far with no results. If this doesn't work just use your imagination. Thanks. DTW.
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12 Nov 2019 14:01
Rick C.
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HEY Dave ! Glad you are back and in better health!

Cleaning a motor eh? I just use Simple Green and the wife's toothbrush.
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12 Nov 2019 14:30
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Rick C. wrote: HEY Dave ! Glad you are back and in better health!

Cleaning a motor eh? I just use Simple Green and the wife's toothbrush.


I'm thinking I just have to clean and polish for an hour or two every day until I decide it's clean enough. If I use my wife's toothbrush, I'll have to stop by our Parish church and get Last Rites in case my wife finds out. Thanks for the advice.

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12 Nov 2019 14:39
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Cleaning the Engine #4
0000 grade aluminium steel wool works prior to polish to remove the surface crud.
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12 Nov 2019 16:42
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Cleaning the Engine #5
Marvel Mystery Oil and some elbow grease works pretty good as an aluminum cleaner...

Trick for polish is use flour... the powdered stuff... as a final step. flour absorbs and removes the polish and leaves a nice shine.

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12 Nov 2019 23:01
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You can go to this thread and I think I documented cleaning up some nasty ones on my DT175 project. Start at about post # 51

yamaha-enduros.com/index.php/forums/gene...e-initiated?start=50

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13 Nov 2019 07:06
69Lemans
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Go to you local auto parts supply and get an aluminum etching or aluminum mag cleaner... these products can be a bit harsh wear gloves.... but get your wife’s toothbrush out like someone else said spray it on and scrub scrub it turns black like you are polishing rinse with water. (keep it wet don’t let the product dry on the surface you won’t like the result).... the side cases probably best to polish back out. and make sure you plug all holes absolutely no water or any product in the engine you wil be bummed but when it’s done it looks really nice! I attached some pics of mine!
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13 Nov 2019 13:39
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It sounds like the common denominator of all the different methods is elbow grease. :beerchug

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14 Nov 2019 17:03
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liking that brushed alum look.

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14 Nov 2019 17:47
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Can you block off the crank are with a plate & shield the rod sticking out & anything else that matters & get it blasted with one of the moderm methods i know nothing about--like vapour blasting whatever that is--which by the name sounds like minimal left over stuff. Just guessing of course.

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