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Unread 02-19-2014, 02:32 PM   #1
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Homemade Automatic Parts Washer

I am in the middle of my 1989 YJ frame-off resto. Goal is to make it reliable again and clean up the years of junk. I have vowed to clean and paint every piece that goes back onto the jeep. It will get dirty again but want to remove and treat all current rust and prevent future rust. So I have been looking up parts washers to assist with the cleanup but to me they don't look too useful as you still have to scrub and wash. Here's my idea for an automatic cleaner...

Take a 20 gallon rubbermaid bin. Drill a hole in the middle and mount a BBQ rotisserie spit and basket through the rubbermaid bin. Then, use a bulkhead and make another hole a few inches off the ground and plumb that as the input to the pump and output would feed a Y splitter with (2) PVC pipes on the top of the bin. Drill holes in the output pipes to spray onto the rotating basket. Would use a water based solvent such as Krud Kutter or something.

Basket would spin moving the parts around, would have a continuous flow of the solution running over the parts. Should be a hands off way to clean small parts.

Honestly, I got the idea from that show Gold Rush on Discovery. Think of this as a modified trommel.

I think i could have all of these parts together for under 50 bucks, less than i would pay at HF just to have to wash the parts myself.

Any thoughts or ideas?

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Unread 02-19-2014, 07:45 PM   #2
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Maybe zip tie a few stiff bristle brushes inside the basket.. to help "scrub" parts as they tumble around..
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Unread 02-21-2014, 12:20 PM   #3
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Unread 02-22-2014, 08:26 PM   #4
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An old dish washer and a tank if solvent has worked for me in the past(even just purplepower, or Berrymans claners). Little water pump from an RV seems to be the cheap ticket. You'll be surprised at what you can do with the junk left at goodwill or salvation army. If you need to powder coat smaller things (no larger than wheels) an old oven works nicely and a cheap but effective kit for such is available from jegs or summit.

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I used to have an old stainless tub with a washing machine motor and heater attached. We could throw engine blocks in it and run it and it would automatically clean the parts using the solvent cleaner... Simple design and held about 15 gallons of solvent.
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Unread 02-25-2014, 12:33 PM   #6
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Large, heated, ultrasonic cleaner.
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Unread 02-25-2014, 02:24 PM   #7
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Large, heated, ultrasonic cleaner.
Those get rather expensive. I used a old washing machine outer drum with a pump from northern tool. I will probably add a heater soon as cold solution doesn't work as well. Biggest problem I had was a filter before the pump.
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Those get rather expensive. I used a old washing machine outer drum with a pump from northern tool. I will probably add a heater soon as cold solution doesn't work as well. Biggest problem I had was a filter before the pump.
Get a remote oil filter housing from Jegs and plumb it in. That's how my HF parts washer is set up
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Unread 02-25-2014, 06:35 PM   #9
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Get a remote oil filter housing from Jegs and plumb it in. That's how my HF parts washer is set up
I made one myself since I couldn't find one that fit. Old pair of nylons from the wife for a prefilter then a mesh filter from my fish tanks
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Unread 02-26-2014, 08:33 AM   #10
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Here is the kit I used. Just ignore the one adapter, and plumb this inline with the pump...we used fram extra duty filters with it. They would last about 2 months with almost constant use
http://www.jegs.com/i/JEGS+Performan...51715/10002/-1
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Mine works pretty good...
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Unread 03-13-2014, 12:21 AM   #12
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google "parts tumbler", for more ideas. Hot water helps, does not need to be filtered. Use a heating element like in the dishwasher shown. Use a 20% solution of Zep's purple degreaser with water for a cleaning solution.

Just some ideas, you try it first LOL.
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Unread 03-13-2014, 11:26 AM   #13
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I made a "parts tumbler" out of a Cement Mixer. Used it for knocking dross off plasma-cut parts. Worked okay but was loud as hell. I didn't like the way it dulled everything up and rounded corners.. So, it's sitting in the back yard collecting rust.
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Unread 03-15-2014, 04:25 PM   #14
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Eddie, what did you use for media in the tumbler? I have a similar setup at work and it uses Hershey's kiss sized ceramic pieces. It's so loud we put it on the opposite side of our lot and ran an extension cord to it.
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I just tossed a few handfuls of small steel pieces in the tumbler.. about the size of marbles or so..
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