JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/2/20 2:14 p.m.

A buddy of mine is restoring a '57 Beetle (hi Matthew. Make a board account already smiley) and needs some braintrust suggestion on how to de-grease the inside of the structural spine tube. It's got a bunch of old grease and goo in there, but being an "interior" space, it's not so easy to get to to clean it out. 

So, what simple trick do we not know about to complete this operation? Any ideas?

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
5/2/20 2:21 p.m.

Make up a long wand for a pressure washer ? 

http://plumbing-draincleaning.com/drain-cleaning.php

 

eastpark
eastpark Reader
5/2/20 2:25 p.m.

Maybe a contraption like a chimney sweep brush, wrapped with a few rags.

Recon1342
Recon1342 HalfDork
5/2/20 2:55 p.m.

Utilize a citrus based degreaser of your choice, plug everything but the highest hole in the tube, and fill it with said degreaser. Let sit for a few days, unplug the holes, rinse out with clean water and then apply a blower of some sort to dry it out. 

fasted58
fasted58 MegaDork
5/2/20 3:09 p.m.

Nylon toilet brush fastened to tube (for reach), dip brush in solvent or purple cleaner, swab tube, twist and shout. 

Rinse, repeat till brush comes out clean. May take several beers to accomplish.

Have swabbed axle tubes using this w/ good results.

MatthewSetzer
MatthewSetzer
5/2/20 3:25 p.m.

Wow!!!  These are all great suggestions, thank you!!

 

I'll be posting updates :)

JG Pasterjak
JG Pasterjak Production/Art Director
5/2/20 9:22 p.m.
DeadSkunk (Warren) said:

Make up a long wand for a pressure washer ? 

http://plumbing-draincleaning.com/drain-cleaning.php

 

I really want one of those attachments now. Looks like it might be proprietary. Can't find one anywhere.

Patrick (Forum Supporter)
Patrick (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/2/20 9:24 p.m.

Leave it as rust proofing?  I've not looked inside mine to see what it looks like in there 

DeadSkunk  (Warren)
DeadSkunk (Warren) PowerDork
5/2/20 9:43 p.m.
captdownshift (Forum Supporter)
captdownshift (Forum Supporter) UltimaDork
5/2/20 10:43 p.m.

Steam is the route I would go. 

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
5/2/20 10:57 p.m.

Toss it in the back of a truck and head to your nearest wand-type car wash with a roll of quarters.

mad_machine (Forum Supporter)
mad_machine (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/3/20 7:28 p.m.
Patrick (Forum Supporter) said:

Leave it as rust proofing?  I've not looked inside mine to see what it looks like in there 

that would be my thought too. While the spine of the beetles do not usually rot out like the floor under the battery or the heater channels, I have seen some rusty ones. Grease makes a fine anti-rust solution, especially in places where it can't get all over you.

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
5/4/20 8:16 p.m.

Paging Carl. 

Apexcarver
Apexcarver UltimaDork
5/4/20 8:46 p.m.

Having been defunking British parts with up to 1/4 inch of petrified grease lately...

 

Forget simple green or even purple power. Go get a bunch of cans of gunk engine cleaner and a chimney brush. Put at least 3 cans worth in there, better 6, and work that brush for quite awhile. Let sit and repeat brush. Rinse out with hottest water you can get hands on after a few brush cycles. And repeat with more gunk and brushing rounds if necessary.

 

Seriously, the gunk did way way better for me than other stuff including submerging in purple power for a few hours.

 

 

Crackers
Crackers Dork
5/4/20 9:02 p.m.

You should consult Richard Brunning. 

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
5/4/20 9:35 p.m.

So, you're saying you'd like to give up the funk?

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/4/20 9:39 p.m.
Vigo (Forum Supporter)
Vigo (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/4/20 9:42 p.m.

I bought one of those pressure washer tips for $8. It'll be a nice surprise when it arrives in June long after I've forgotten I ordered it. smiley

ShawnG
ShawnG UltimaDork
5/4/20 9:50 p.m.

In reply to Stefan (Forum Supporter) :

Dear lord that was awful.

Stefan (Forum Supporter)
Stefan (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/5/20 10:44 a.m.
ShawnG said:

In reply to Stefan (Forum Supporter) :

Dear lord that was awful.

What?  That's one way to make sure there's no funk left.....

by destroying it.

tuna55 (Forum Supporter)
tuna55 (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
5/5/20 10:54 a.m.

Get an old garden hose

 

Tape a wad of steel wool soaked in your favorite brand of solvent to it

 

Shove an extension into the hose and tape it in

 

Push the hose into the cavity

 

Get a 1/2" to hex adapter, and drive the thing with your drill. As you wind the hose it will pull itself out.

 

Much success

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