I miss foaming engine bright. Bad.I repainted a 1940 B in 1972 that had a 32 year accumulation of dirt/grease/oil all over the engine/transmission.
I started with putty knives & screw drivers and scraped as much of the accumulation off as I could. Was half inch thick most places. Then I sprayed a gallon of Gunk degreaser on it straight out of the can. Their Foaming Engine Brite is the same stuff in a spray can. I hooked the B up to my Super H Farmall and towed it the 8-9 miles to the car wash in town and blasted the daylights out of it. Bet I high pressure sprayed it for over an hour. I brushed some areas with a bristle brush on some difficult areas after spraying again with Gunk. A tooth brush in some small areas works best.
When I got ready to spray paint it was clean. I masked stuff for 3-4 hours and used up most of rolls of 2" & 3/4" masking tape. No electric start or lights or hyd. On the tractor. We already had the decals and some green & yellow paint from repainting the 4010 a couple years before, gallon of green and quart of yellow was all we had to buy.
Tractor was BROWN before I started cleaning it. One pass over the sheet metal with a wire cup brush in an angle grinder and the hood was more green than I'd ever seen it.
Don't know if the B was worth the paint. Dad paid $90 for it in December '69, we put a mismatched set of 11-38 tires on in place of 9-38 Firestone's which one had a 1" diameter hole right in the middle of the tread. Tractor sold for $120 in December '72. The tractor collecting hobby really hadn't started back then. It was pretty worthless on a 160 acre row crop grain/livestock farm. It's ONLY job was to pull the JD R spreader through the 68 inch wide 100 foot long driveway down the middle of the hog house. It was too slow and miserable to start for things like raking hay, hauling feed/water to the hogs. So it sat!
The 1966 White ready-mix truck I drove the summer of '76 was repainted about 1972, was completely cleaned of all oil, grease. Dirt, and accumulated cement scum from every nook & cranny. Then they laid on the Construction Orange Imron paint. Everywhere!My wife's step father used to use diesel fuel sprayed through a compressed air siphon sprayer. Worked great, but made me nervous thinking of the diesel being somewhat atomized. I know it is not volatile like gasoline, but still is combustible.. Plus you are left with the diesel residue. But is sure cut the grease nice.
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