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Any Tricks To Easily Cleaning A Q-Jets Exterior?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by BorregoK5, Jan 12, 2002.

  1. BorregoK5

    BorregoK5 1/2 ton status

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    I've got an early Q-Jet that I'd like to "brighten" up. I was thinking of using aluminum rim cleaner, it etches the aluminum to a shiny finish but I'm a bit worried about the gasket material and don't wish to disassemble it. Anyone found any tricky ways of bringing back the original finish without a full teardown? Oh, toothbrush and soap took the dirt off but the finish is still dull and aged. Thanks.

    I started with nothing and I still have most of that left! - <a target="_blank" href=http://24.55.50.76:81/k5/> Pictures</a>
     
  2. Neil

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    a rotary wire brush on a die grinder works miracles!!! Did this on a Holley 3310 a few weeks ago and it looks just like the factory polished models!!

    Neil H. Alabama.. "It's a full size thang, Jeep owners don't understand!!" '78 K5 400ci 4x4 AT,AC,PW Cheyenne., '74 C10 4x2
     
  3. BorregoK5

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    I'll give that a shot. I'm not afraid of a little work.

    I started with nothing and I still have most of that left! - <a target="_blank" href=http://24.55.50.76:81/k5/> Pictures</a>
     
  4. dyeager535

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    Paint thinner and a stiff brush.

    Dorian
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  5. K10ANDYKHAMNIC

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    dull and aged is cool !

    always gets me home K10
     
  6. BorregoK5

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    I'm going to try the paint thinner with the rotary wire brush bit. The bit alone was working nicely but I might be able to get a little more of it off a little quicker with the paint thinner.

    Dirty just wont do on this one Andy - check out the "complete" pics of the 415.. its coming together sooo well and has to be the closest tolerance engine I've ever built. Which is odd because its not exactly the wildest engine I've ever built... but it will get there.

    P.S - You better make it to Ocatillo on the 3rd - I'm droppin the 415 in this weekend!

    I started with nothing and I still have most of that left! - <a target="_blank" href=http://24.55.50.76:81/k5/> Pictures</a>
     
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    awesome man , and u put my vid in yer Finally updated site hehehe. 3rd of what ? ive got a cracked frame and a fractured left hand index finger from work so i cant fix it or anything !!
    :*( i can still drive i just cant really do anything else ! " insert coarse language here "

    always gets me home K10
     
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    I like Seafoam.... it removes the gunk (and if you get it inside it cleans it too!)... I also use a stiff nylon brish when I scrub.....

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    Cacked frame - broken index finger? WTF! Whats been going on? You gotta fill me in on this one!

    I started with nothing and I still have most of that left! - <a target="_blank" href=http://24.55.50.76:81/k5/> Pictures</a>
     
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    oh this last thursday i was chiseling at work and the guy i had holding the part shifted it slightly and i smacked my hand goodnhard and fractured my index finger above the first joint ....eh sux ... no pain reallly and my fram finally cracked at the steering box (hope you are happy m.j.) even with the ORD brace ahem cough cough , wasnt there a policy that if it cracked with the brace u got the weld on kit for free ?? ;-)

    always gets me home K10
     
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    Nice.. well at least both are fixable. I hear ORD makes a finger brace but it was originally manufactured to fix the ever so breaking middle finger from breaking loose and awarding other drivers, you might be able to adapt it! Oh, and a broken finger is no reason to miss the next run in Ocatillo wells, ahem. Got me worried about not having a steering brace though!!!


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    i have a steering brace , thats probly all thats holding the box to the frame almost ....and my driveline still needs work and and and and hahaha .....oh and no both arnt fixable , i can weld and reiforce my frame , i dont think plaster will help much tho ....

    always gets me home K10<P ID="edit"><FONT class="small">Edited by K10ANDYKHAMNIC on 01/15/02 01:34 PM.</FONT></P>
     

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