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Cleaning parts with gas. #5416177 04/29/20 08:02 AM
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Who remembers doing this? Who used leaded gas and no gloves? crzy


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416186 04/29/20 08:11 AM
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There was something bad about lead, but I can’t remember what it is. LOL


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416201 04/29/20 08:33 AM
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No fumah

Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416204 04/29/20 08:35 AM
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in the army ages ago we cleaned m14 and m16 rifles with gasoline. nobody gave us an option or asked for our opinion. results were invariably fine: my piece always went bang, i consistently hit my target and i never got in trouble at inspection.

a childhood friend’s dad wrenched cars in his barn. there was always a #10 can half full of gasoline on the bench with various bits and pieces in and around it on rags. he had been a b24 mechanic in italy in ww2. it’s a good thing that he wasn’t a smoker.


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416224 04/29/20 08:53 AM
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So gas has benzene in it, removing lead makes it "less poisonous"


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416227 04/29/20 08:56 AM
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My dad used it and diesel fuel in his parts washer for years as did his dad (my grandfather).

Great solvent! worked on anything! lol

He was a smoker and constantly heard people saying " OMG thats dangerous" and he would put his lit cigarette out in it! He's somehow still alive and well, and at 62 hes pretty healthy!


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416233 04/29/20 08:59 AM
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Used to do it all the time. Back in the 60's when I started working on cars it was accepted practice and it did the job.


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416234 04/29/20 08:59 AM
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I grew up with dad using it to clean his paint brushes. I remember them soaking in old food cans with gas in them and the brush sitting in them in the garage.


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416236 04/29/20 09:00 AM
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I had a friend who worked with his father in his garage. They always used gas for cleaning parts, no gloves. He washed his hands every day before he went home for the day in gas. Never used a dust mask for blowing dust off brakes and clutches. He just about bathed in used motor oil. Needled to say he developed about 4 types of cancer in his life. He never thought about using safety equipment back then. He passed last November, and his last few years were spent in pain and in various hospitals for treatments they thought might help him. That was his reward for working hard and thinking he'd have a better future. None of the chemicals sold in auto parts stores should be allowed to get on your bare skin. They get absorbed into your body and health problems come next.,,,

Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416241 04/29/20 09:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Chris142
Who remembers doing this? Who used leaded gas and no gloves? crzy

Absolutely!

I very rarely used gasoline to clean parts, but I ran out of solvent one time. I was cleaning parts while doing a near total teardown of my 1963 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7. There was a patch of bermuda grass that I decided to kill. I thought, perfect, this filthy, blackened gasoline should do the trick. I poured no more than a quart on the bermuda grass. Then, to make certain I gave the bermuda grass a death blow, I lit it. It burst into a ball of flames with huge amounts of black smoke. It actually blew me backwards, not so much from an explosion, it was more of it causing a big ball of flame and smoke. I couldn’t believe it! Roaring flames 4 or 5 feet high! Of course, I didn’t have a hose ready, just because I thought there would be only 4 or 5 INCHES of gentle flames. What an idiot.

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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: Chris142] #5416250 04/29/20 09:14 AM
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"That was his reward for working hard and thinking he'd have a better future."

C'mon BigCahuna, that sounds real "whimpy-dimp" to me. The poor guy's cancers were a subsequence of carelessness or sloppiness or ignorance or laziness. While true, safety measures weren't in place or they may have been mocked by the tough-guy mentality, people always have known that fumes etc. were bad.

We must elevate the dialog in this country. No more self-pitying noises even if they regard someone else's relative.

My own father used to wash up in a shop with benzine. He said everybody knew it wasn't kosher but it was fast. He told me that as he lay dying of cancer 32 years ago.

"That was my father's reward for working hard....". Nonsense. He paid a high price to go to lunch early.

Oh, another thing. If they "make you" wear safety equipment, it isn't the big, bad Commies taking over.

Flame suit on I suppose.

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My favorite and most cost effective parts cleaner is camping stove fuel (mostly naptha). It used to be really cheap and still isn't outrageous. It's very effective, doesn't damage paint or plastics, and is pretty easy on the skin. I wear gloves all the time now, but when I was a young lad I didn't.

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When I first got into dirt bikes as a child in the late 60's gas is all I used back then for cleaning parts. I'm sure it was leaded back then too.

Also remember my grandfather had a golf ball size hunk of mercury I frequently played with breaking it apart in hundreds of pieces and then allowing the unusual properties to stick it back together into the original ball. All with my bare hands.

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Originally Posted by Kira
"That was his reward for working hard and thinking he'd have a better future."

C'mon BigCahuna, that sounds real "whimpy-dimp" to me. The poor guy's cancers were a subsequence of carelessness or sloppiness or ignorance or laziness. While true, safety measures weren't in place or they may have been mocked by the tough-guy mentality, people always have known that fumes etc. were bad.

We must elevate the dialog in this country. No more self-pitying noises even if they regard someone else's relative.

My own father used to wash up in a shop with benzine. He said everybody knew it wasn't kosher but it was fast. He told me that as he lay dying of cancer 32 years ago.

"That was my father's reward for working hard....". Nonsense. He paid a high price to go to lunch early.

So we should be envious of those who pass on early in life?
As though that's some sort of.... reward?
If that's the case, then why aren't more ppl. engaging in risky/dangerous activities?
???


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Re: Cleaning parts with gas. [Re: SLO_Town] #5416442 04/29/20 01:15 PM
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Originally Posted by SLO_Town
Originally Posted by Chris142
Who remembers doing this? Who used leaded gas and no gloves? crzy

Absolutely!

I very rarely used gasoline to clean parts, but I ran out of solvent one time. I was cleaning parts while doing a near total teardown of my 1963 Austin Healey 3000 BJ7. There was a patch of bermuda grass that I decided to kill. I thought, perfect, this filthy, blackened gasoline should do the trick. I poured no more than a quart on the bermuda grass. Then, to make certain I gave the bermuda grass a death blow, I lit it. It burst into a ball of flames with huge amounts of black smoke. It actually blew me backwards, not so much from an explosion, it was more of it causing a big ball of flame and smoke. I couldn’t believe it! Roaring flames 4 or 5 feet high! Of course, I didn’t have a hose ready, just because I thought there would be only 4 or 5 INCHES of gentle flames. What an idiot.

Scott

Lol, oh Scott, I always find your posts so entertaining!
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