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Technical Tips for cleaning old distributor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by A_Burly_Wind, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. Going to rebuild the distributor for my Y block over my turkey day break from work. Its a 57+ FoMoCo and is original, what do I need need to clean it out with? brake cleaner ok? it appears someone sand blasted the housing before selling and its got some crud in it, Ive got a nos set of points and all to go back in it just want to get the inside of it spotless.
     
  2. squirrel
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    That or carb cleaner should be fine. And blow it out with compressed air, and repeat the process a few times to make sure you got it all out.

    I usually end up doing some scraping with screwdrivers etc and maybe use a hand powered wire brush, on parts like that.
     
  3. Truck64
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    from Ioway

    I would check distributor shaft for excessive sideplay. If the point gap changes, it needs new bush. They get pretty loosey goosey.
     
  4. Would an ultrasonic cleaner be a good idea?
     

  5. squirrel
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    Sure. But still do a few rinses, and blow it outs, to make sure you got everything.
     
  6. Hyvolt
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    I soaked my carb in pine sol. Worked great, low cost. Just use name brand pine sol. I even used a small heater to keep it up on temp. I let it soak for 16 hrs, and all the gunk just wiped away.

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  7. Hyvolt
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    Found a picture. After pine sol, good water bath to remove pine sol, then a light LPS spray. 20171124_214739.jpeg 20171124_215719.jpeg

    Sent from my LG-LS993 using The H.A.M.B. mobile app
     
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  8. Might just try that, and on the up side itll smell fresh and clean afterwards haha
     

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