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Skeeter
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From: California
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 11-14-2002 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Skeeter   Click Here to Email Skeeter     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'm sure everyone know's how ulgy an old Holley carb can look over time. Does anyone know if there is some kind of dip that will make them look new again?

Thanks,
Jason

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1trickpony
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From: Escondido, Ca
Registered: Oct 2001

posted 11-14-2002 11:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 1trickpony     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
NAPA Auto parts stores, at least in my area, sell a 1 gallon dunk tank for carb rebuilds. It even comes with a nice cage to use to put the body of the carb in so you can dip it and let it soak overnight.
I can't remember what they cost but it was not substantial.

Dave

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V8 Thumper
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From: Orange, Ca. United States of America
Registered: Dec 2001

posted 11-15-2002 06:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You may need to buy two and pour the contents into something bigger... the main body won't fit in a one gallon bucket believe me, I've tried every which way, it just dosen't go The other altertnative is the five gallon bucket, but that's $50+

I don't remember the name of the active chemical, but it evaporates very quickly. When not immersing/removing parts, cover the container quickly. Always use in a well ventilated area... open the garage door before opening the can and leave the door open a while after closing the can. The fumes are stout

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V8 Thumper
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Registered: Dec 2001

posted 11-15-2002 07:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Use a garden hose to rinse off the parts; before to blast the heavy gunk off, and again after to rinse them clean. Use compressed air (VERY important!) to blow out every tiny little hole

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clevelandstyle
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From: Connersville, IN
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 11-15-2002 08:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for clevelandstyle     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Skeeter,
If I understand you correctly, you want to restore the original color to the carb. The only way to do that is to send it to Holley or Barry Grant or some other carb builder. They can restore the original color.
The chem dip that these guys are talking about is good to clean the carb, but there is no way you can get back the color yourself.

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Ben
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V8 Thumper
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posted 11-15-2002 08:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Ben is right... sorry I mis-read your post. That carb dip is so nasty, it'll eat whatever finish is left right off

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All Blue Oval, no blue bottle
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SteveLaRiviere
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From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 11-15-2002 08:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Don't bother with the 'carb paint' Eastwood sells. It makes carbs look terrible, in my opinion.

One thing about the carb dip chemicals, and I don't know if the new stuff is different, but when I had the carb rebuilding business I had some stuff that was so strong smelling you could smell it before you entered the garage. No way would I keep some in my attached garage.

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Scott (69Mach)
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From: Walnut Creek, CA USA
Registered: Jun 99

posted 11-15-2002 08:59 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott (69Mach)   Click Here to Email Scott (69Mach)     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That strong smell in most dips is Methyl Ethyl Ketone. A strong carcinogen. I got rid of mine. Wear a respirator if you're going to use it.

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