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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 11-04-2012, 06:06 PM Thread Starter
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what can i use to clean my engine casings?

I'm rebuilding a ironhead, I got the casing split from the one motor, about to tear down the other one to build one good one, now the one I just split apart has allot of dirt, grease, oil etc on the side I need to use on the other motor. Can anyone recommend a way to clean it without having to spend a whole lot of money? I don't need it to look brand new, but has to at least match the other one going back on it
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I'm rebuilding a ironhead, I got the casing split from the one motor, about to tear down the other one to build one good one, now the one I just split apart has allot of dirt, grease, oil etc on the side I need to use on the other motor. Can anyone recommend a way to clean it without having to spend a whole lot of money? I don't need it to look brand new, but has to at least match the other one going back on it
I used the diamond plate tool box cleaner from Lowes with my Fein Multimaster using a polishing attachment on all the aluminum parts on a Vulcan. It cleaned them up great and left them shining.


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I'm rebuilding a ironhead, I got the casing split from the one motor, about to tear down the other one to build one good one, now the one I just split apart has allot of dirt, grease, oil etc on the side I need to use on the other motor. Can anyone recommend a way to clean it without having to spend a whole lot of money? I don't need it to look brand new, but has to at least match the other one going back on it

Get it to a shop that has a glass bead cabinet.
With fresh beads, it'll look like a factory-new set of cases.
Bring them your rear motor mount as well.
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This will do the job "cheap"

Use Zep heavy duty citrus degreaser from H.D. for the stains & then mix a heavy mixture of Cascade dish washer det. to totally degrease . Bud
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I'm rebuilding a ironhead, I got the casing split from the one motor, about to tear down the other one to build one good one, now the one I just split apart has allot of dirt, grease, oil etc on the side I need to use on the other motor. Can anyone recommend a way to clean it without having to spend a whole lot of money? I don't need it to look brand new, but has to at least match the other one going back on it
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A good degreaser, a nice nylon brush and a lot of elbow grease (oh, and patience) will clean it up.

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I'm rebuilding a ironhead, I got the casing split from the one motor, about to tear down the other one to build one good one, now the one I just split apart has allot of dirt, grease, oil etc on the side I need to use on the other motor. Can anyone recommend a way to clean it without having to spend a whole lot of money? I don't need it to look brand new, but has to at least match the other one going back on it
SuperClean and a trip to the car wash of your choice.




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