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Old 07-17-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
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Cleaning a used short block

Hey guys, I know this might be in the wrong forum, but I figured the FI guys will have the most experience with major engine work

I bought a used short block from a junkyard, supposedly has 60k on it. The pistons, cylinder walls, and other internals that I've seen so far look good, but the exterior is pretty gross looking. I'm guessing that it sat around for a year or so in the elements. Here's the only picture I have of it right now.



I want to clean & paint it, what is the best way to do that?

I was thinking for the external parts:
  • Wire wheel + PBlaster
  • Brakleen
  • Soap and water
  • Thoroughly dry it out
  • Hi-temp primer & paint

The piston tops & cylinder walls have a bunch of sandy/rusty crap on them, so I was going to wipe them out with paper towels, then use a rough sponge, steel wool or 1000grit sandpaper, and maybe acetone or something to clean the piston tops...

Should I be thinking more like Simple Green or something? Should I keep the oilpan on or off for the cylinder/piston cleaning?

Thanks for the help.

PS Also looking for color suggestions... I am thinking black or silver.


EDIT: Painted pics (also on page 4)



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Old 07-17-2009, 09:43 PM   #2
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My guess thats from a car from up north where there is a lot of salt on the roads

I would make SURE you cover the oiling hole to the head as well on the front of the engine the oil feed holes , on the side the oil sending unit hole ,so you dont get a bunch of abrasive/sand/dirt in the oil galley , spray it with simple green and take it to the car wash and spray out the pistons if you want ,take the pan off and yours is more then likely in better shape , take some 200MPH tape (gray tape) and cover the deck/ head surface and all oil holes and go to town on cleaning the out side

Any water that gets in the engine will run out with the pan off , blow out water , then spray with WD40 or some kind of lube to keep the rust out , and turn the engine through a few times , Oiling system is the big things and MUST be kept VERY clean

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Old 07-18-2009, 12:16 AM   #3
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THANKS Tom! That is exactly the information I needed!
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Old 07-18-2009, 01:26 AM   #4
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sea foam would help for cleaning the outside a lot. as well as the above things tom said.

dont know what your budget is but if you can afford new gaskets i'd strip all the exdternals parts off and cleanit. them paint just the parts you want. it's probably best to get a new gasket set anyhow as you dotn know how badly theyve deteriorated judging by the looks of things.
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Thx, yes, everything but the crankshaft will be disassembled and new gaskets applied. I already have almost all of them collected.

This ain't my first rodeo, just my first salvaged block

PS I'm probably going to paint quite a few parts. I'm still deciding on the Getrag. I kinda think matching it to the block's color would be sweet. Again, still don't know if I'd do silver or black. If silver got chipped or scratched it would be pretty hard to spot on the tranny, but black would hide dirt and grease so well.

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i wouldnt bother too much wit hteh trans, seeing as it sits under everything. maybe just clean that up too?
hey how much you want your trashed block for? lol.
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Hey y'all, when this is done, my car won't be as fast as it was , but it'll be a whole lot prettier!
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hey it'll be reliable right? jsut do a couple bolt ons and a tune. no need to go nuts again.
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