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Old 09-12-2008, 03:40 PM   #1
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Default Another Homemade Parts Washer

I took my inspiration from this thread:

http://www.garagejournal.com/forum/s...ad.php?t=16427

My grandfather bought a stainless steel wash basin at a salvage sale back in the early 1970's with full intentions of building a parts washer. Well, as of a couple of months ago, this thing had sat forgotten in a storage building behind his house. I mentioned the need for a parts washer, so he pulled the basin out and gave it to me. I had a HF cart sitting around that I wasn't using and I had bought a couple of surplus air tanks for small CH compressors at a salvage yard for another project. I flipped the top of the HF cart so I had a flat surface, attacked it with the air shears and mounted the sink on top. Then I mounted the tank on the bottom shelf, added some galvanized fittings, regulator, and an old piece of air hose and a spray tip.

The air pressurizes the tank, this forces the fluid into the old air hose. The flow is controlled with the spray tip. When you are finished cleaning, the air valve is closed, the excess pressure is bled off, and the drain valve is opened. I need to add another valve on the backside of the regulator to bleed pressure faster and provide a vent so the drain doesn't puke.

The tank isn't huge, but it will fit a SBC intake, and that's about the biggest thing I ever clean like this, so it suits my needs.

Oh yeah, I need to buy a couple of bolts for the handle. HF QC being what it is, they forgot to include enough fasteners.

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Old 09-12-2008, 05:13 PM   #2
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Wow, pretty neat!
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:46 AM   #3
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Very nice work, I like your stainless tub. I wish my bassin was a little wider, it always seems the part is bigger then the bassin.

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Old 09-13-2008, 07:37 AM   #4
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Don't get too much weight in the basin; HF carts are flimsy
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Old 09-13-2008, 12:53 PM   #5
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That looks like a nice set up.
But I have to say that the use of a pressureized air tank with a hydrocarbon cleaning product is not a good idea.
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Old 09-13-2008, 01:04 PM   #6
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good job, I would think about putting a splash shield on it as well with perhaps a light.

Also maybe get a wire rack like you get for the oven to hang over 1 side of the sink to let things drip dry.
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Old 09-13-2008, 06:30 PM   #7
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The flow is controlled with the spray tip.
I think the addition of a screen/filter to eliminate anything larger than the spray tip orifice will be necessary to keep things flowing as they should.
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That looks like a nice set up.
But I have to say that the use of a pressureized air tank with a hydrocarbon cleaning product is not a good idea.
Please explain why....


I like the build...but I would not use the air hose...the chemical would deteriorate the material. I would get a hose that can resist the cleaning chemical used.
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Old 09-14-2008, 03:31 PM   #9
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Hydrocarbons and air in a compressed state is like a bomb.
To risky for taste.
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I would use an electric pump
the chrysler dealer I work at doesn't have a parts washer
just brakleen
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I think the addition of a screen/filter to eliminate anything larger than the spray tip orifice will be necessary to keep things flowing as they should.
The tank is actually sloped slightly to allow most of the debris to settle to one end. Also the end of the outlet is slightly elevated, so I'm hoping debris shouldn't be much of a problem.

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That looks like a nice set up.
But I have to say that the use of a pressureized air tank with a hydrocarbon cleaning product is not a good idea.
I'm pressurizing at something like 5 psi and the tank is only pressurized while in use.

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I like the build...but I would not use the air hose...the chemical would deteriorate the material. I would get a hose that can resist the cleaning chemical used.
I have about 40' of old air hose, so if I ruin the hose I have, I should be able to replace it several times.
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