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Dirt Freak

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posted September 22, 2002 05:00 PM  
I just had a nice 2x4 stainless steel wash tub given to me. The first thing I thought of was to make it into a parts washer. What type of pump should I look to get for this.
Id like to be able to pump it back up and run it through a filter, once and a while.

Any ideas??
Sleepy you must have built a few of these?

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posted September 22, 2002 05:44 PM  
Widebody, you're right. Since you have a sink to start with, use it. Set it on a 55 gallon barrel. If this is too high then cut it to a height you want. Set the sink on it. Weld some brackets to the barrel so the sink won't slip off but don't weld the sink to the barrel. Make the sink drain into a 5 gal bucket (it can be in or out of the barrel)but mine's inside. You might set the bucket on a few bricks. The less distance the pump has to lift the more it will flow. Use a submersible pump of about 160 gallon per minute capacity. Get a pump that a Chevy oil filter will thread on the inlet side. 3/4" pipe is close enough the plastic pump threads will work. Put this in the bucket. Plumb the pump outlet to a fuel line hose and run it to the sink. You should definitely have a hinged cover on the sink.

Washer fluid: I have used both naptha and water based fluids. With the water based I even went so far as to install a heater to help with the cleaning. I get into some pretty gunky stuff. I went back to the naptha solvent about 8 years ago. With the filter the naptha lasts a long time. The submersible pump in mine is a Little Giant. The label says do not use in solvents. That was 8 years ago, your choice. Oh yeah, the water based solvent is Simple Green. I forget exactly but I think the mix was 10 water 1 Simple Green. If you are using your washer for only oily parts the water fromula should be okay. SLEEPY

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posted September 22, 2002 08:33 PM  
jim morris, a machinist that used to do my machine work before he passed away made a parts washer like sleepy mentioned except he used a small block ford oil pump with the pickup side bolted the to bottom of the barrel and an electric motor turning the pump through its hex drive. he had a hose with an inline filter coming off the outlet side of the pump plumbed to the sink. it would really pump the solvent.

Dirt Freak

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posted September 24, 2002 09:50 AM  
Thanks guys!
I have all the info I need for this project.
Now I need to find the time to finish..

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