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Axle Cleaning - Please Respond

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by mikeperez22, Oct 14, 2004.

  1. mikeperez22

    mikeperez22 Registered Member

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    I am restoring a 1st Gen Blazer and I am having both axle housings powdercoated. I was going to have the housings hot tanked and then blasted before the powdercoating, but I can't find anywhere that has a hot tank large enough for a D44 or a 12-bolt. Does anyone have a good idea on how to clean the inside of the axle housings before they are put back together? Thanks.
     
  2. az-k5

    az-k5 1/2 ton status

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    Are you referring to the inside of the axle tubes? The only part that needs cleaning is the seal surface (brake cleaner works for that). I would just have it sand blasted with the diff cover on and the tube ends stuffed. There is a shop here in Phoenix that will do an axle (clean/sand blast & powder coat) in any color for $75.
     
  3. K5MONSTERCHEV

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    At work we clean it with solvent. The rinse it with carb clean, and blow it dry. Gets it as good as new! /forums/images/graemlins/waytogo.gif You need to scrub with a brush of course.
     
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    I used a wire wheel on my 14bff, made it nice and new looking just took some work /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  5. rdn2blazer

    rdn2blazer 1 ton status Premium Member

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    hello, this my first post to ck5. just wanted to give you another option. you could build a solvent tank big enough for an axle. thats what im doing, iv got several axles i need to clean, so i buoght a 60 in x 20 in dia fuel tank it had dished ends. i cut the ends off fliped them over rewelded them on so they are domed, than cut it in half length wise, cut an end off of each half, but welded to halves together. i just need to finish the stand and get a submersible pump for solvent. it wasnt that much work at all.i hope i did this post right.
     
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    hello, this my first post to ck5. just wanted to give you another option. you could build a solvent tank big enough for an axle. thats what im doing, iv got several axles i need to clean, so i buoght a 60 in x 20 in dia fuel tank it had dished ends. i cut the ends off fliped them over rewelded them on so they are domed, than cut it in half length wise, cut an end off of each half, but welded to halves together. i just need to finish the stand and get a submersible pump for solvent. it wasnt that much work at all.i hope i did this post right.

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    Welcome! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

    Guess what. We're all bringing our axles over to your house!


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  7. muddbudd72

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    one of those roundish toilet brushes with some kind of solvent gets the inside ot the tubes pretty clean. if its just grease on the outside oven cleaner works, removes grease and paint.
     
  8. 84_Chevy_K10

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    hello, this my first post to ck5. just wanted to give you another option. you could build a solvent tank big enough for an axle. thats what im doing, iv got several axles i need to clean, so i buoght a 60 in x 20 in dia fuel tank it had dished ends. i cut the ends off fliped them over rewelded them on so they are domed, than cut it in half length wise, cut an end off of each half, but welded to halves together. i just need to finish the stand and get a submersible pump for solvent. it wasnt that much work at all.i hope i did this post right.

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    Welcome! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif

    Guess what. We're all bringing our axles over to your house!


    /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif

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    We sure are....as soon as he fills out his profile so we know where to find him. /forums/images/graemlins/woot.gif
     
  9. Triaged

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    Don't forget to upgrade the front axles to some newer ones. 1st gen k5's came with small Dana 30 size u-joints.
     
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    thanks for the friendly welcome,il have an axle cleaning party, you guys bring the beer! im very new to computers,so i feel like a monkey on this thing /forums/images/graemlins/ears.gif i guess i should stop in the newbie room and say hello first before i reply to any post, or does in not matter? /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif
     

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