Carburetors have been around about as long as the internal-combustion engine, but they have had their share of improvements and evolution over the years. While improvements in today’s fuel delivery will likely involve more electronics than a carburetor can provide, that doesn’t mean our lowly fuel squirters can’t benefit from today’s technology when it comes to getting the word out on keeping them clean.
Case in point is this video posted by Mike’s Carburetor Parts where he tests alternative methods for cleaning decades of use from some old carburetors he has laying around. Sure, it doesn’t revitalize throttle response or give your carb ultimate self-tuning capabilities, but when you’re rebuilding a carb for like-new performance, it’s definitely a concern.
In the video (and the accompanying comments section), there are various solvents discussed. Everything from common household cleaners to carb-specific chemicals get mention, and Mike gives his honest evaluation of each. Mike compares price per gallon and the effectiveness of several different cleaners. Which one worked best according to Mike? We’re not going to steal his thunder; you’ll have to watch the video!
We’ve all marveled at those refurbished Q-jets and wondered what it takes for them to go from gunky to shiny. While there obviously is some spray-resto going on for that better-than-new appearance, this video shows how you can, at a minimum, bring those factory-applied finishes back to the surface in the best way possible.
Give the video a view, and if you’ve got a favorite method for making your carbs shimmer, feel free to share them in the comments below so we can all benefit from your experience!