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A question for the Jim the MotorMan -
For the Tucson Alternative Energy Expo our TEVA2 Club is going to put in an ADC 9" motor. It has been sitting in a garage for a couple years attached to a transmission. I took the tranny off, just too big and heavy, the motor is heavy enough! It is pretty dirty, rust starting on the housing, stains etc. Is there a good way to clean the exterior without disassembling the motor?
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Rush
Tucson AZ
www.ironandwood.org
www.TEVA2.com
www.Airphibian.com



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--- Rush <[email protected]> wrote:

> A question for the Jim the MotorMan -
> For the Tucson Alternative Energy Expo our TEVA2
> Club is going to put in an ADC 9" motor. It has been
> sitting in a garage for a couple years attached to a
> transmission. I took the tranny off, just too big
> and heavy, the motor is heavy enough! It is pretty
> dirty, rust starting on the housing, stains etc. Is
> there a good way to clean the exterior without
> disassembling the motor?

Hey Rush

Yeah running through the water's all fun and games for
you guys till you want to display it up close huh?
LMAO. I'll have Mike Willmon send you down one of
his, hows that? he ain't gonna be using his this year
8^P

First, a pic would assist me in knowing what would
help for your exact issues but I'll throw out some
basic ideas for you.

Remove the nuts, washers, and insulators from the
terminals (be best if you tested for shorts to the
frame before doing anything)(I've seen grounds happen
via the insulators)(using both new and reused
insulators)(just do it 8^)

Depending on what the insulators look like you might
find it good or ugly, if ugly wire wheel it lightly or
worst case paint it red. Washers are cheap and can be
replaced or wire wheeled along with the brass nuts.
One can buy a small 3" wire wheel anywhere or already
have. Stick it into a drill and wire wheel all 4
terminals. An easy and fast way to clean the nuts and
washers is to throw them on a piece of small steel
rod, or an old philips screwdriver. This way you
don't buff your fingertips off 8^) If you have a 6"
wheel attached to your grinder it's zip,zip and looks
brand new (just let them spin on the rod or hold them
still if there's a nasty area on one side).

A little masking tape applied to the studs, tag, and
end plates and you could hose it down with some
Rustolium and I bet it'd look pretty decent. Remove
any loose slag before painting) if present with that
wire wheel you just bought, hehe. Getting your moneys
worth though!

Replacement of the brush screws if rusty are so cheap
just match and replace if needed (probably a great
time to tighten them at least to see if they are
loose. Same for the mounting bolts, it wouldn't cost
but a couple bucks to replace if ugly. There is no
need to mess with the brushes or end plates to do this
and is very basic stuff and would make a big
difference if people are looking close up. Just don't
jam the screwdriver into the commutator, or drop a
screw into the motor and it's all good 8^) if you do
drop one make sure you get it out 8^o If you drop two
make sure two come out and so on 8^P

EVen for me it can be a lot of masking and prep work
but the more effort you put into it the better she'll
look when you take the bandages off 8^) After you've
de-masked it throw the terminal hardware back on in
order, insulator, washer, nut, and test for a short to
the frame. Heck, before you know it you'll be putting
me out of business it'll look so nice 8^)

Have fun, and best of luck on the display and EVent!
Hope this helps
Feel free to send me a pic if desired.

As an after thought if the housing is nasty, run the
wheel over it before painting but do the cleaner parts
and stuff first. If this thing is forklift type nasty
and you dirty the wheel, buff a rock or grinding wheel
and it'll clean it up for you so it leaves the metal
or whatever clean and doesn't just spread it around.

Cya
Jim Husted
Hi-Torque Electric



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> Jim Husted wrote:
>
> ...I'll have Mike Willmon send you down one of
> his, hows that? he ain't gonna be using his this year
> 8^P
>


Rub it in why don't ya ;-P

But hey, they do make pretty good show motors.

I put 'em on the trailer with all the other EV parts.
It made a great addition to my already completed EV there.
The motors were the centerpiece of the display.
With all the videos I was running of the Killacycle, White Zombie and others, I got to say the guy who did those motors did this
to mine :)

So Rush, do just like Jim says and they'll come out looking like these :)
http://home.gci.net/~saintbernard/DSCF5570a.JPG

Mike,
Anchorge, Ak.


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