Using lye to clean an engine, suggestions please

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Model T Ford Forum: Forum 2013: Using lye to clean an engine, suggestions please
Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 12:57 pm:

hello,

I have access to a drum with lye used to clean parts. I was considering using it to clean the pan, hogshead and block. my question is what does lye hurt? will it hurt the babbitt? also, will it clean the rust in the water passages and grease off my block? I know that i need to remove my starter, but anything else? does it hurt yellow metal? I guess i should say that the block does not have the crank or cam or pistons but it does have good babbitt that i want to use.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 12:57 pm:

Also, i have a fragile vin number on the block. what are the chances this thing eats through it?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Hatch on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 01:38 pm:

If you put it in the drum you will have no Babbitt and no lye. Dan


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Bill in Adelaida Calif on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 02:05 pm:

and no aluminum.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Dan Hatch on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 02:09 pm:

It will also eat the seal out of the front dam on the pan. Dan.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Harold Schwendeman - Sumner,WA on Sunday, June 30, 2013 - 02:10 pm:

And that's no lie! No lye,....yeah,.....no lie!


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Mark Gregush Portland Oregon on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 11:48 am:

Lye burns the skin and can blind. If you use it take all the necessary precautions. If you don't have them, look up read the directions, have the proper stuff like gloves, eye protection etc.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Henry Petrino in Modesto, CA on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 12:51 pm:

This past year I tried a new thing, I cured olives. Basically, there are two choices for curing olives, salt or lye (many variations within each choice). I chose salt because lye scares the heck out of me. I'd steer clear of it and choose a less toxic cleaning agent.

Just my $.02 worth....


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Richard Gould on Monday, July 01, 2013 - 02:39 pm:

I used a lye solution on a block and it got the paint off but not the oil. I still had to clean it up using solvent. The block was a 10 with no babbitt in the main saddles so I wasn't worried.
When I first started collecting over 45 years ago, I soaked a bunch of chassis parts in a 55 gal drum full of lye solution and it took the paint off right down to the metal. I had no sand blaster and it was better than using an electric drill with a wire wheel attached, which is what I used for the frame.


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Nathan Bright on Tuesday, July 02, 2013 - 08:36 am:

well one of the main reasons i wanted to use it was to get off grease/grime. but i was told the babbitt wouldnt be hurt :/


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