Wingnutt wrote:It was kind of you to revive these threads, Luca, and thanks for the tips, F Bill and Roger.
By coincidence, I just finished cleaning an Alemite Model 6593! It was completely coated in dry caked grease when I bought it, and it was in a plastic bag until today. Honestly, I really didn't know what I would find underneath, but it was cheap - found it at a big fleamarket outside of Fort Dix, NJ. I used GUNK Engine Cleaner, the foamy kind, a brass wire brush, and some coarse nylon 'steel' wool. Worked great, as usual. The good news is, there is some OD green paint left on the lever. (I kind of like it - might leave it like that.) The bad news is, there is ALOT more corrosion on the tube than I expected for nickel-plating. I am a huge proponent of Naval Jelly as a de-ruster, but I don't think it's compatible with plating. I don't know about toilet bowl cleaner/HCL or muriatic acid.
I have to admit, the photo of Jeff H's shiny immaculate Alemite 6593 with OD re-painted level on the sticky is very attractive. But (a) this thing is going to go into a bracket junder my hood, and I'm not sure I want or need to return it to that condition, and (b) given its current state, I don't know if it's possible.
Here are some photos. What do you guys think?
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