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Degreasing bolts
What's the best way and product to use to degrease bolts?

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Alan L
I have used Permatex Brake and Parts Cleaner before...it seems to work real well.

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1971 Mach 1 - 306cid/C4 Bright Yellow
"Just relax, I've got a friend named Felix who can fix anything!" ~James Bond
I just used plain old brake fluid in a container and dropped the bolts in. Used a wire brush the size of a toothbrush for the stubborn areas, wiped 'em off, and ran them through the wire wheel on my benchtop grinder and they looked almost new.



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Project started 8-7-10
Completed: All new suspension, rebuilt 351C H Code bored .030 over with mild cam and intake, new 3.50 TracLok, custom exhaust system
Current "mini-project": interior upgrade Undecided
since mine has been a piece together project, I found it easier to just buy a kit. Insted of having to hunt down individual bolts. But have always found that the cheapest brand available of brake or carb/choke cleaner works well.
It might be a Tennessee "thing" but I too have found it prudent just to purchase new bolts Smile.

I cannot ever remember putting together a motor without "high" performance as my ultimate goal and cannot bear the thought of a failure due to a fatigued or otherwise compromised bolt.

I have all kinds of peanut and coffee cans with nuts and bolts from my various "adventures." That having been said, I agree with the others regarding the use of brake fluid as an excellent agent for cleaning oily or greasy bolts.

Brake parts or carb cleaner and an old toothbrush. Light application of WD-40 prior to reinstallation.

'72 Grandé, 351C, Autolite 2100, FMX, 2.75
(10-15-2010, 08:44 AM)not2old Wrote: What's the best way and product to use to degrease bolts?
All of the methods mentioned will work fine. If you want to prevent rust later on you can use VHT satin clear. It is high heat resistant and has a proper low gloss.

If they are a little rusty when you get them de-greased soak them for a couple of days in white vinegar, they'll come out clean.

Jeff T.

Low buck, touring style, '73 Convertible "rolling restoration", 351c, 2v heads with a shave and a haircut, Performer intake, Holley 650(ish), roller rockers, screw in studs, guideplates, stainless valves, Duraspark / Motorsports MSD, T-5 conversion. 1-1/8" front, 3/4" rear swaybars KYB shocks and some home brewed subframe connectors. Future plans; JGC steering box, Cobra brakes and... paint, interior, etc.

When I die I want to die like grandpa, peacefully in my sleep... not screaming, like his passenger.

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(10-15-2010, 08:44 AM)not2old Wrote: What's the best way and product to use to degrease bolts?

Best way I've found is in a parts washer with a scrub brush. I use mineral spirits as the cleaning fluid, it doesn't leave a residue when it's fairly new and dries quickly. You can get a parts washer used in your local classifieds, from Harbor Freight or make your own. Mine came from a closed auto shop.

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