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toronto_1990sc
12-04-2008, 01:01 PM
the plastic coolant overflow tank thingy is pretty grimy inside...is that bad? might particles get into the rad? how can i clean it out?

ndiiorio
12-04-2008, 01:36 PM
get some degreaser/cleaner and some rocks. put the cleaner and some rocks in the tank, cover the holes so nothing comes out, and shake it up until you get the desired cleanliness. spray it all out with clean water when done. it sounds funny but worked great for me on some other plastic tanks i couldnt get clean.

toronto_1990sc
12-04-2008, 02:04 PM
get some degreaser/cleaner and some rocks. put the cleaner and some rocks in the tank, cover the holes so nothing comes out, and shake it up until you get the desired cleanliness. spray it all out with clean water when done. it sounds funny but worked great for me on some other plastic tanks i couldnt get clean.

hmm..neat...is it difficult to remove? is it dangerous to have a grimy tank?

TbirdSCFan
12-04-2008, 03:03 PM
hmm..neat...is it difficult to remove? is it dangerous to have a grimy tank? No and no. Its just easier to tell how much coolant is in the bottle when its clean.

kenewagner
12-04-2008, 03:28 PM
get some degreaser/cleaner and some rocks. put the cleaner and some rocks in the tank, cover the holes so nothing comes out, and shake it up until you get the desired cleanliness. spray it all out with clean water when done. it sounds funny but worked great for me on some other plastic tanks i couldnt get clean.

Hate to hy jack a thread but I was intrested in the tensioners on your engine. Got a closer picture of them

Ken

jonroe
12-04-2008, 04:29 PM
I did exactly this procedure but used nuts and bolts instead of rocks. It worked real well.

sinhumane
12-04-2008, 04:33 PM
same method, but some super clean and coarse salt works wonders. a little finer and gets more out.

ndiiorio
12-04-2008, 09:30 PM
i will try to get a good picture, but i think i bought the chrome piece form spinning wheels, its just a 1/16" flat plate with holes in it chromed, and the tensioner is just painted.

im sure you have the machining capabilities to make one, it looks very easy to reproduce, but it was such an inexpensive dress up i couldnt resist buying them.

ndiiorio
12-04-2008, 09:40 PM
heres a close up of the tensioner.

kenewagner
12-04-2008, 11:54 PM
i will try to get a good picture, but i think i bought the chrome piece form spinning wheels, its just a 1/16" flat plate with holes in it chromed, and the tensioner is just painted.

im sure you have the machining capabilities to make one, it looks very easy to reproduce, but it was such an inexpensive dress up i couldnt resist buying them.


I built them for Victor and have them on my car. Are the pulleys his alum tensioner pulleys?

Ken

ndiiorio
12-05-2008, 09:14 AM
no the pulleys are from wazee i think, its been a while.

kenewagner
12-05-2008, 10:48 AM
no the pulleys are from wazee i think, its been a while.

It all looks very nice. I am reworking my tensioners with cobra pulleys. Back to the thread. I dont have any idea at all how to make the old overflow tank look good so for mine I just built one out of polished alum.

Ken

SCTbird
12-05-2008, 11:29 AM
Arggggggggggghhhhhhh,! (In a best pirate impression) There seems to be a hi-jacking in progress! LOL!!!!

ndiiorio
12-05-2008, 01:53 PM
i actually cleaned mine as i said above, then painted it black but left a small square unpainted at the full lines so i can stick a light in there at night or let the sun in to read the level.

ndiiorio
12-05-2008, 01:56 PM
you can actually see the white box on the side of resevoir tank in the picture (below). its right above the radiator hose coming out of the radiator.

kenewagner
12-05-2008, 06:52 PM
Build a custom tank, or there are tons of tanks you can buy at stores like Summit Racing or Jegs that you can bolt in and run a diffrent hose to. I built my to fit the space available under my hood

Ken

Jeremy_K
12-09-2008, 10:35 PM
I found the grime inside my tank to be head gasket. Good times

toronto_1990sc
12-10-2008, 10:55 PM
I found the grime inside my tank to be head gasket. Good times

whaa? explain please.

Jeremy_K
12-11-2008, 01:59 PM
whaa? explain please.

Tiny black particles floating in the coolant can actually be head gasket material. After a while they build up and stick to the walls of the tank. I was hoping it was just leftovers from the last time I blew them but I completely flushed and refilled the system and the black gunk of death came back. I can smell exhaust gasses in my overflow reservoir. No oil in the water and no water in the oil. The exhaust blows bubbles into the tank.