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Easy cleaning of caked on greese and grime
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Thought I would post this out there as an good easy way to clean that caked on grease and grime off parts. In this instance I am cleaning up all my engine brackets that had 44+ years of caked on grease and grime. The kind that is difficult to scrape off with a screw driver and is rock solid. I tried some simple green with little results. I even put them in the dishwasher to my wife's displeasure, no luck, might have even made it worse.

I grabbed a can of heavy duty easy off oven cleaner and a bin with a tight lid. Put on some rubber gloves and sprayed each pieced down with a heavy coat of easy off and placed in the bin. The next day I re-sprayed the parts and sealed up once more. Came back two days later and gave them a quick brush off (very little effort) and hot water rinse and all the grime was gone. Took some time for it to work but it was minimal effort and minimal mess. Here are some pics of the brackets cleaned off and ready to go into the molasses tank.


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'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

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#2
Very nice. Thanks for sharing that info. I've used oven cleaner before, but never sealed up in a bin. Good idea. I seem to recall that some types of oven cleaner can damage aluminum. Do you know anything about that?
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#3
I'm not sure about the aluminum. I have not tried it. I can spray some on a scrap piece tonight and let it soak and post up some pics.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#4
It will remove any paint as well.

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midlife;288158 Wrote:It will remove any paint as well.

And parts of your skin if not careful. WEAR GLOVES!!

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#6
You painting or powder coating those brackets? I powder coated all mine. They turned out really nice. I bought the Eastwood powder gun kit. I have used it a ton with great results. I even shot my intake with satin clear to keep the aluminum looking new.

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I was going to just paint them but I might have them coated. I don't have a gun but we have a local shop that does a lot of powder coating for me. They are reasonable too.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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basstrix;288140 Wrote:Very nice. Thanks for sharing that info. I've used oven cleaner before, but never sealed up in a bin. Good idea. I seem to recall that some types of oven cleaner can damage aluminum. Do you know anything about that?

Negative on the aluminum. Turned it into white powder and the fumes were really bad. Was really bubbly and fizzing as well.

'73 Grandé H Code. Headman long tube headers, T-5 Transmission, 3.70 Traclok, Lowered 1" all around, Aussie 2v heads w/ 2.19 intake, 1.71 exhaust, screw in studs, full roller cam 608/612 lift 280/281 duration LSA 112, Quick Fuel 750 CFM double pumper, AirGap intake.

'73 F code convertible. Bright red. Needs total restore. (IE HOT MESS)

- Jason
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#9
Thanks for following up. Good to know.
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Oven cleaner is usually some version of sodium hydroxide. When mixed with aluminum a chemical reaction occurs which gives of hydrogen gas at a great rate-in a closed vessel, the pressure will cause a potential explosion, the gas given off is flammable. The white powder is the result of this reaction and is aluminum oxide.

Avoid combining these two things to keep yourself safe.

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