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Old 08-07-2011, 07:30 PM   #1
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How bad did i screw up?

I'm in the middle of a 351 Windsor rebuild.
The only thing I planned on re-using were the stock pistons and rods.
I took the advice of a post online that said you could use oven cleaner to clean these parts up.
I now have a set of factory pistons with some spots where a coating has been removed.
Are these usable?
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Old 08-07-2011, 09:01 PM   #2
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I'm in the middle of a 351 Windsor rebuild.
The only thing I planned on re-using were the stock pistons and rods.
I took the advice of a post online that said you could use oven cleaner to clean these parts up.
I now have a set of factory pistons with some spots where a coating has been removed.
Are these usable?
I don't know what the coating is, but oven cleaner will eat into aluminum which would be very bad if you intend on using the pistons again.

You will need to very closely check (any uncoated areas especially) for corrosion or pitting on any critical surfaces, such as the wrist pin contact area and piston ring grooves.
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Re: How bad did i screw up?

get new pistons / oven cleaner's deadly
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Oven cleaner is not good for engine parts I would go buy new pistons for safety reasons.
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Re: How bad did i screw up?

It looks like it started to eat in at the corners. I would replace the pistons.
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Old 08-08-2011, 12:51 PM   #6
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Yea oven cleaner=not to good for engine parts, buy new pistons and rods if the rods are like that also! Your taking a chance for pieces of metal to fall into your engine, which can seize it which will lead you to pulling it out and rebuilding it, which would coat you more money... Pistons are much cheaper then rebuilding the engine
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Thanks for the advice. New pistons ordered.
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Thanks for the advice. New pistons ordered.
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No prob!!! Better safe them sorry!! :thumbsup:
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