How Do I Restore This?

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  1. LocuMob

    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Not Mopar, it's for the '56 Medalist. I got it so we had an air cleaner assembly, might as well be right. Hack, cough, cough, hack, cough! (Did I just say that like a purist? Lol) I haven't the foggiest idea how to get this into a clean useable condition, but I figured some of you might. I hardly understand how it works,but I also haven't really bothered. I got it last year and looked at it and said "Ugh." I'm just trying to get the car back to it's proper days of when Laura's dad owned it. Any help.would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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  2. shooter65

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    I'd start with a product like
    Evapo-Rust Rust Remover

    I've used it and have been satisfied.
     
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  3. LocuMob

    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    Soak the whole thing in it, like a carb?
     
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    Yes, after you soak for 24 hrs, hose it off with water, than soak it down with WD-40 or dry completely with a heat gun or hair dryer and get a coat of paint on it.
     
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    I'd research soaking it in apple cider vinegar or possibly electrolysis, lots of videos on youtube about these options
     
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    Evapo-Rust is great stuff. A little pricey, but great stuff.

    A cheaper alternative is white vinegar, oxalic acid or molasses. It will take a little longer, but the results are good. I've never tried molasses, but I have used the other two. Vinegar works well and is both cheap and easy to dispose of.

    Electrolysis works, although I've never done it.

    Technical - Rust removal using Electrolysis, and Zinc plating
    Tech: Using Oxalic acid to remove rust
    Electroysis Rust Removal
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    Vinegar to remove rust? Old guys rule!
    Rust removal.......the miracle of molasses!
     
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    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    Acid Magic available at your local TSC.
    Less than $15 a jug
    Cut it 50/50 with water and soak for max 24 hours and then rinse in water/laundry soda to neutralize the acid.
    heat gun dry, prime it right away and refinish as required.
    Just be sure to pour the AM into the water and not the other way around to prevent burns or any sudden bubbling from the acid.
     
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    I've used vinegar for years, works great as long as you aren't in a big hurry. It can be sped up with heat, set it in the sun.

    When in a hurry, I use Evapo-Rust or media blast.
     
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    Okay! Vinegar is probably the route I'll go, being a cheap fellow when I can, and time isn't too important as we don't drive the car much. Just one more thing to get it where Laura wants it. I have one, maybe two pictures to go off of to bring the car to as driven condition when her dad bought it, basically undo everything that's been done to it after he passed.
     
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    Is that the correct unit for the car, or a similar one that'll work?
     
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    I think that coir (coconut fibers) might be what is inside the thing.
     
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  12. LocuMob

    LocuMob Fluid Technician with a hat FCBO Gold Member

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    It was off another 56 Mercury. The one it had looked like a GM unit that came with the incorrect 4Jet that was on the engine.
     
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    Just wondering, I have an old oil bath around that looks way better than that although it's likely either from a gm or chrysler - don't know which.
     
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    I'll have to check it out when the weather gets warmer, is that replaceable?
     
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    This one will be brought back to life, but thanks for the offer.
     
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    You can buy it, often at garden centers because it is used for hanging baskets. You might have to do some disassembly to put it inside. I ran into this with a 46 New Yorker. I had the element hot tanked and the fibers disappeared. I thought it was steel wool and would just clean up.
     
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    Thanks for the heads up.
     
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    Here's an option for you...

    I did this with the '53 Windsor. I cut the fiber stuff out and fitted it with a K&N filter. No more oil bath nonsense.

    I found a filter that fit perfectly in the recess of the bottom and then welded a flat plate into the cover to seal the top.

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    That's pretty cool! Definitely think about that one.
     
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    behr #63 and a PLASTIC container from lowesdepot. follow directions as above ^^ soak at least 24hrs, wash well immediately after removal from bath. paint, or oil it. or it will rust back.



    try not to die -

    - saylor
     
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