Aug 22 2010

Engine cleaning complete and a redneck, lowbuck parts washer

The engine is now squeaky clean. 3000 PSI pressure washer, Purple Power and a turbo nozzle do wonders on grease, mud and anything else that doesn’t belong. Also found that I have a piston that not only has a chunk out of the skirt, but also a section of the ring separator that broke off. There were also 4 broken compression rings. Good thing I tore it down.

Now to I need to see if I have a spare piston of the right part number and weight. I really don’t want to buy new pistons, unless I decided to make this an all out build.

Now I don’t have a parts washer. The one we had in Statesboro stayed with Ditch, he had bought it. It was also too small. Well I am going to pick one up in next weekend’s HF sale, but I wanted to get the pistons and such clean now. So I concoted a low dollar, high speed parts washer.


  • 5 Gallon Bucket
  • 2+ Gallons Purple Power (or white lighting, simple green, etc)
  • 2 Gallons Water
  • Drill (Cordless is easiest and safest)
  • Plastic, Squirrel cage style paint mixer ( ) Available at home depot

Mix the Purple Power and water in the 5 gallon bucket. I would put about 4 gallons in the bucket. More cleaner = more power, but 2/2 is about right. Put the parts in the bucket. I found about 2 piston/rods and 1 main cap in at a time. Let it soak for about 20 minutes and then using the drill on torque setting and use the paint mixer to agitate the solution for about 1-2 minutes. Remove parts, rinse and dry with an air gun. Cleans parts well and quicker than a parts washer.

Note: this will clean oil/grease. To clean carbon build up soak time must be longer. In that case one could use a drill press to keep the fluid moving longer, not real efficient though.