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 Post subject: Sludge
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 3:39 pm 
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I got my 239 on the engine stand with the valve covers and oild pan off. Lots of sludge....what works best for cleaning?
I'd rather not do anything with the bearings, rings, valve stems and whatnot.


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 Post subject: Re: Sludge
PostPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2019 5:04 pm 
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Formula 88 (I think I bought it at Home Depot) cuts grease pretty good.

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 Post subject: Re: Sludge
PostPosted: Sat Oct 12, 2019 1:31 pm 
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kerosene works wonders back in time a lot would add to engine to remove or loosen sludge followed by an oil change

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 Post subject: Re: Sludge
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 9:54 am 
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Mine was badly sludged, used putty knife to remove most, followed by kerosene...


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 Post subject: Re: Sludge
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 11:32 am 
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Agree with the kerosene. Make sure you clean out the squirters inside the valve covers really well and insert something inside to make sure they're not plugged.

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 Post subject: Re: Sludge
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2019 8:13 pm 
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Pull the rocker assemblies and remove the plugs from the ends and clean. New plugs should be available from a parts store or John Mummert. Also clean the hole in the stand that supplies oil to the rocker shaft. Ideally, you should completely disassemble the rock assembly and clean each part.

Use simple green, carb cleaner or the purple stuff.

I wouldn't use any type of dissolving liquid in the lifter valley as it can dislodge grit and flow it into the bearing. Use a putty knife and rags there, being careful not to get the crap into the oil return holes. You can do the final clean with a kerosene soaked rag.

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 Post subject: Re: Sludge
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2019 8:27 am 
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Don't forget that the cam is drilled for oil delivery to the head. When I rebuilt my engine just soaking the rocker assemblies did little to open the ports. I totally disassembled them and used a small drill bit to open the holes in the rockers.

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