Fount cleaning - Coleman 327

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LongueCarabine
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Fount cleaning - Coleman 327

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Hi everyone:

I have a 327 that's proving to be a challenge to clean and get running. It has some sort of crud in the fount that I can't seem to get rid of.

It appeared to be organic so initially I mixed up some Drano crystals and very hot water to get it out. Left it in for a day and a half, but nothing came out when I rinsed it out.

So I decided to try the same thing with vinegar, figuring it wasn't organic. Still the same thing, no results whatsoever.

Does anyone have any other suggestions? Not sure what else to do if neither a base nor an acid work.

Brian

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Re: Fount cleaning - Coleman 327

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I don't know what crud you're dealing with, but I've switched to very hot to boiling citric. I find it removes rust as well as old fuel residue. Although probably not necessary, I'd remove the fuel pickup tube, but then, I leave it soaking overnight. I have forgotten to remove an F/A tube on a 200A once, but found that after a day it was not damaged. If you go this route, put the valve back in the fount if you've added BB's and plan to shake. You'll also need a pot holder to grab it as the valve will get as hot.
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Are you using anything in the foubt to help physically break it up? I use BBs, many like small screws and the like. I prefer magnetic for the tough to get out pieces. You'll get it 👍
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Yup, like the guys are saying - keep trying.
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I use lye to get rid of old gunked-up crap. I have also used citric acid, but not in brass founts - something about acid leaching zinc out of brass - but i'm not a chemist. Both should work to get rid of that gunk.
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Thanks, guys. I’m gonna try some really hot citric and take it from there.

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