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Old 08 Oct 2014, 06:19 pm
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How can I clean the crud off the top of my engine block before I put my new head gasket and head on? I dont want to screw up the gasket surface by scraping it but elbow grease and rages aint cutting it.
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Old 08 Oct 2014, 06:51 pm
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Some good degreaser and a pressure cleaner , you might as well clean it all right , guessing youll be changing the oil anyway ... use an air compressor and blow out the oilways and let it sit for awhile
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Old 08 Oct 2014, 07:59 pm
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You can use a chisel or a screwdriver & a rubber mallet...just don't gouge the metal.

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Old 08 Oct 2014, 08:29 pm
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Tape your cylinder tops, water and oil passages with good masking tape before you begin so nothing migrates into them. Then apply an aggressive degreaser to the block surface to soften the residue. When it's softened enough to begin to remove scrape it of with a plastic paint spatula. ($0.99 at Lowes.) Don't use metal scrapers as the surface may be damaged. This might take a while, but remember, anything worth doing is worth doing right. You might try chemical paint remover if all else fails, making sure you get all of it off of the metal. Also try goo gone towards the end of the job if needed. Good luck. ptprice
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Old 08 Oct 2014, 09:07 pm
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If your cleaning the block surface. Your going to need to use a scraper with a sharpened edge. It's cast iron you not going to hurt it. Stuff the cylinders with some rags to keep the debris out.
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Old 08 Oct 2014, 09:28 pm
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I always use razor blades and elbow grease, careful by the bore edges.

Just an FYI: DO NOT use a wire brush anywhere near it. The bristles are like torpedoes to the oil pump.

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