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Old 02-22-2014, 04:02 PM   #1
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Default Help storing a bare block

I just got my engine back from the family of my machinist friend who unexpectedly died a couple years ago. I'll need to "pickle" the newly bored bare block and crank and would appreciate some guidance as to what to use. Just grease up the cylinders and crank surface's with lube or bearing grease or is there a special application for an extended nap? Things start to rust quickly in South Fla. Thanks for any tips.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:04 PM   #2
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Rusty, I'd say probably cosmoline or something along that line. U.S. Military can't be all wrong in using the stuff. Maybe they have something better now, but years ago that was the best. You could store rifles for years swabbed down with the stuff.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:16 PM   #3
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I have used this product on many things. Great for anything metal.
http://www.petroleumservicecompany.com/fluid-film.html
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:39 PM   #4
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I have used this product on many things. Great for anything metal.
http://www.petroleumservicecompany.com/fluid-film.html
I checked the above out, and it looks ideal. Very much like what I have been using. For lack of knowing anything similar, I have used the motorcycle chain lube for long term solutions. The above seems similar in that it is a substance with wax that gels and stays where you put it.
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Old 02-22-2014, 04:49 PM   #5
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I just greased the living heck out of mine and put in the garage. Every cylinder and bearing surface got greased.

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Old 02-22-2014, 05:02 PM   #6
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I've used LPS 3, it's a spray on waxy type of coating that has stood up for years. I have a crank I sprayed 15 years ago and it's still rust free.
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:06 PM   #7
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Get a thick , heavy plastic bag to put it in , after you bathe it in oil .

That's how engine builders do it .
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:19 PM   #8
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Here is a bag , if you want one ,

http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS+Performan...80039/10002/-1
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Old 02-22-2014, 05:27 PM   #9
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can you put it in a place where moister is nor a problem even a basement would be better than a garage>?
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Old 02-22-2014, 06:52 PM   #10
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Used to build motors and when we had to put one in a sleep mode we bathe it down with grease and oil bag it in a good heavy duty plastic bag and put it. A sealable 55 gallon drum . Before we sat them inside the drum would cut some plywood and put in the bottom. Set the block inside and seal it up tight. Many sat for a long time , and when they came out they looked just like they did when we put them in there. . Might be over kill. But. No bugs dirt or trash and they did not get damaged from falling over or someone putting something on them.
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Good tips all. Thanks! That fluid-film looks promising. Appreciate all the reply's. Rusty
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Old 02-22-2014, 11:16 PM   #12
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can you put it in a place where moister is nor a problem even a basement would be better than a garage>?
A basement in Florida? Rare bird. I think they call them indoor swimming pools.
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Old 02-23-2014, 12:37 AM   #13
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Two years ago I started to build a 63 Corvette motor for a project that never happened. I sprayed the bare block with Gibbs and id have checked the condition of the block every couple of weeks since and there is no sign of rust. This product is amazing. Check them out. I think there site is gibbsbrand.com. I bought it through a member here or on the HAMB.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:30 AM   #14
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This product may be of interest to you as well.

http://boeshield.com/

It was developed by Boeing to store Airplane parts. It is a wax based product as well. Sone of my customers in Mills isle it to store Gearboxes and similar products in un heated buildings.
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I heard that the military proved that WD 40 was best for rust prevention. Even better than cosmoline
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Old 02-23-2014, 02:31 PM   #16
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I heard that the military proved that WD 40 was best for rust prevention. Even better than cosmoline
Hmm, maybe so, but I do not believe that I'd go that route...from my experience with WD-40.

Model A/B blocks are small. Wouldn't take much room to place such block in a fairly small barrel/container and fill with used oil that you drain from your equipment. Recycling, eh..which people tout as good
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I would coat the machined surfaces with grease, like Mystik JT-6 high temp, then place the engine in a large plastic tub with a lid.

It would be nice to have some of those military hermetically sealed aluminum tubs, but I never see them come up for sale.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:34 PM   #18
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My Uncle who was a machinist always used LPS Rust Inhibitor. He liked it because it will dry so dust and ??? won't stick to it. Leaves a durable wax film on the metal that will not rust even in a corrosive environment. He is the one that also told me to use the same product in the bottom roll of modern cars. Up here in the rust belt that is a very bad place for rust to start and LPS Rust Inhibitor applied every couple years keeps that area new. It is not a penetrant or anything like that so won't have any effect on paint or even markings from a permanent marker. It is in an aerosol can so is very easy to apply to all surfaces.
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