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Hot Rods Cleaning a alum powerglide

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  1. impala59
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    Trying to clean up this Chevy 1963 aluminum powerglide to read the numbers it's been sitting outside for years and it shows can't even find the numbers it's so bad. I usually use white wall cleaner to clean everything. What's a good cleaner to use?
     
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    Glass bead blaster...
     
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    Eagle One brand Mag Cleaner & Etch
     
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    I used oven cleaner on an aluminum intake manifold
     
  9. hotrodjack33
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    Steel wool (00) is a quick way to remove the white scale oxidation that forms on aluminum.
     
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  10. saltflats
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    What are your plans for it? If you are rebuilding it the numbers won't make any difference.
     
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  11. the oil soup
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    Dollar store has oven cleaner but better check if it's ok to use on aluminum.
     
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    A picture of what your issue is would help. Ie covered in oil and dirt, oxidized, etc.
     
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  14. impala59
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    It's the 63 Chevy super sport powerglide that the shifter bolts on the tail shaft. Nova, corvette, impala used them 2 different tailshafts 9&11 inch. I'm just trying to make sure I got the correct one before I pay to have it rebuilt.
     
  15. impala59
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  16. impala59
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  17. Fine wire wheel should clean that off to get to the info you need.
     
  18. Hotsy pressure washers has a detergent for aluminum called "aluminum brightner" that works great! You can get it in 1 gallon and 5 gallon containers and is concentrated. It cleans grease & grime off aluminum and gives it a slight "etch" not to drastic though.
     
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    A/C coil cleaner , make sure to rinse well ! Same with muriatic acid , works great ,just rinse well .
     
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  20. greybeard360
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    Ifyou are going to have it rebuilt the shop should have a way to clean that up real nicely.
     
  21. impala59
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    Thanks for everyones help. I used oven cleaner I had leftover from prior projects. Letting it sit overnight.
     

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