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Spring Clean
« on: 23 June 2019, 17:06:01 »

Need some advice please.

Need to clean up the front springs and the brake pipes to remove the usual crud, then coat them with a protector.

What should I clean them with, then what is the best protector for the pipes please? :)
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #1 on: 23 June 2019, 17:18:24 »

If its just a matter of cleaning off dirt and crap then a paraffin soaked rag works as well as anything imo. If you want to clean off rust then wire brush, coarse emery wire wool or similar abrasives.
A thin wipe of greaee on brake pipes is probably as good as anything to keep the corrosion at bay.
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #2 on: 23 June 2019, 17:21:27 »

Need some advice please.

Need to clean up the front springs and the brake pipes to remove the usual crud, then coat them with a protector.

What should I clean them with, then what is the best protector for the pipes please? :)


Jack the car, and jet wash the underside. That takes care of any crud, and is a good idea


Then get Superman to protect the pipes and springs.****






**** there is no point in worrying about covering brake pipes in any sort of gunge, let alone the road springs.
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #3 on: 23 June 2019, 17:25:06 »

If its just a matter of cleaning off dirt and crap then a paraffin soaked rag works as well as anything imo. If you want to clean off rust then wire brush, coarse emery wire wool or similar abrasives.
A thin wipe of greaee on brake pipes is probably as good as anything to keep the corrosion at bay.

Thanks Migv6 :y
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #4 on: 23 June 2019, 17:25:50 »

Need some advice please.

Need to clean up the front springs and the brake pipes to remove the usual crud, then coat them with a protector.

What should I clean them with, then what is the best protector for the pipes please? :)


Jack the car, and jet wash the underside. That takes care of any crud, and is a good idea


Then get Superman to protect the pipes and springs.****






**** there is no point in worrying about covering brake pipes in any sort of gunge, let alone the road springs.

Thanks Nick, and noted :y
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #5 on: 23 June 2019, 17:28:48 »

As above  :y

But time better spent taking the plastic sills, plastic rear arch liners off, followed by lifting the front end and removing the wheels then bashing the front rails, sills and lower rear arch with a screwdriver to asses how much rot there is.
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #6 on: 23 June 2019, 17:33:23 »

As above  :y

But time better spent taking the plastic sills, plastic rear arch liners off, followed by lifting the front end and removing the wheels then bashing the front rails, sills and lower rear arch with a screwdriver to asses how much rot there is.

Thanks, but I don't really want to know as I am sure it may scare me! ::) ::) :P

All I know is that when the specialist body shop chap looked over the car 2 years ago when he did the front end rebuild he said all was very good, although the rear wheel arches are showing the usual signs of needing that chaps skills (1,000 it will cost me! :'( :'() ;)
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #7 on: 23 June 2019, 17:34:42 »

Question about using a wire brush on the brake pipes;  is there not a risk of puncturing them? ??? ???

Thanks ;)
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #8 on: 23 June 2019, 17:37:59 »

Question about using a wire brush on the brake pipes;  is there not a risk of puncturing them? ??? ???

Thanks ;)




If the brake pipes are bad enough that wire brushing makes them leak, then you're avoiding a disastrous failure.
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #9 on: 23 June 2019, 17:45:45 »

Question about using a wire brush on the brake pipes;  is there not a risk of puncturing them? ??? ???

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If the brake pipes are bad enough that wire brushing makes them leak, then you're avoiding a disastrous failure.

No, thanks, but the MOT tester said the pipes were sound but just needed a good clean off, as in the case of the springs :y
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #10 on: 23 June 2019, 17:47:53 »

Front brake pipes usually fine, it's the rears where they join to the flexi pipe that will be an MOT fail.

re Front end, yeh it will look fine on first look.......

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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #11 on: 23 June 2019, 17:49:47 »

Thanks for all your replies, and now I know what I will be doing for my next project this week! :D :D

I have just finished a 10 day project to redecorate my front lounge, with the installation of three extra electric sockets, with extended the ring mains, the kitchen and bathroom in one rolling programme.

I hate being bored, so it is the car next!! ;D ;D ;)
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #12 on: 23 June 2019, 17:52:13 »

In which case get the chassis properly* steam cleaned.

*Properly in this context means once all the plastic bits that collect muck have been removed.

Once cleaned, any paint damage then needs to be repaired properly before reassembly.

Any local firms that export cars to New Zealand or Oz should be able to advise as both are a bit tetchy about importing dirt.

You could of course take the Tunnie/Terry approach to Omega care.
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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #13 on: 23 June 2019, 17:53:08 »

As above  :y

But time better spent taking the plastic sills, plastic rear arch liners off, followed by lifting the front end and removing the wheels then bashing the front rails, sills and lower rear arch with a screwdriver to asses how much rot there is.

Thanks, but I don't really want to know as I am sure it may scare me! ::) ::) :P

All I know is that when the specialist body shop chap looked over the car 2 years ago when he did the front end rebuild he said all was very good, although the rear wheel arches are showing the usual signs of needing that chaps skills (1,000 it will cost me! :'( :'( ) ;)


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Re: Spring Clean
« Reply #14 on: 23 June 2019, 17:56:38 »

Viewers might need to zoom out a bit.... That picture has four postcodes :D

Although it isn't quite as scary as the one just before you started welding...
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