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A Simple Way To Clean Carbs

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Most of you have probably heard of Allen Millyard, builder of multi-cylinder motorcycles and the like. In the latest installment of his conversion of a 3 cylinder engine into a 4 cylinder engine he does a bit of carb cleaning. No fancy ultrasonics or vapour blasting. Just chuck the bits into a bucket of alloy wheel cleaner for 5 minutes then wash.

https://youtu.be/-1ETYWSJNnM?t=405


By the way, it is worth watching the rest of the episodes to see what can be done in a shed in your back garden.
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The flying Millard is an outstanding beast!

I'm not a great fan of Motorsickles, but some of Allen's creations are amazing.

Well worth a watch.
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I've been using clock cleaner for years on brass stuff. But the alloy wheel cleaner looks FANTASTIC!

Can't wait to give it a try.
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Hum, Having had a look at what acidic alloy wheel cleaner is i.e. 18% HCL. You need to be VERY CAREFUL!

Leave the alloy for too long in the solution & you'll have no carbs left.

Mr Millard knows what he's doing, but GREAT care must be taken trying this!
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surfblue63 wrote: Fri Feb 04, 2022 4:42 pm Most of you have probably heard of Allen Millyard, builder of multi-cylinder motorcycles and the like. In the latest installment of his conversion of a 3 cylinder engine into a 4 cylinder engine he does a bit of carb cleaning. No fancy ultrasonics or vapour blasting. Just chuck the bits into a bucket of alloy wheel cleaner for 5 minutes then wash.

https://youtu.be/-1ETYWSJNnM?t=405


By the way, it is worth watching the rest of the episodes to see what can be done in a shed in your back garden.
Hes an absolute home engineering star....lives up the road from me, his favourite tool seems to be a small Swiss Army Knife :lol:
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I've only ever seen ally wheel cleaner in litre bottle sizes. Where can I get the wheel cleaner he's using?
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Ebay, there's loads of it. I'm still very reluctant to stick my carbs in even a mild HCL solution though.

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Al + HCl = AlCl3 + H2. Although HCl will react with Aluminium oxide and remove it giving Aluminium chloride and water as an end product, the stripped aluminium will go on the react with the acid itself again producing aluminium chloride and this time hydrogen. So if you are seeing bubbles you are dissolving your parts! NOT GOOD.

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Exactly my thoughts!
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