Carburetor cleaning with Pine-Sol
Moto Guzzi V700, V7 Special, Ambassador, 850 GT, 850 GT California, Eldorado, and 850 California Police models
Thanks to Dana Larson and Charlie Mullendore of Antietam Classic Cycle for providing the following information on the Yahoo! Loopframe_Guzzi news group. In Charlie's own words:
Saw a mention of cleaning carbs with Pine-Sol on Thumpertalk, so thought I'd give it a try. Wednesday I poured two 48 ounce bottles (USD $3.32 each at my local market) into a 5 quart plastic container and submerged a pair of quite cruddy VHB bodies, bowls, etc. in it. This morning (Friday) I pulled the parts out and rinsed them off in hot water - beautifully clean!
It's supposed to work better/faster if the Pine-Sol is warm (mine was in the 50° Fahrenheit shop), next time I'll bring the container in the house. It's only slightly darker after this pair, so I should be able to clean quite a few more.
Images provided by Dana Larson:
Some additional photos and information from Charlie Mullendore of Antietam Classic Cycle:
Did another set of carbs the other day. This pair was quite a bit cruddier - caked on goop covering more of the outside, though not as much white fluffy deposits inside. Only soaked these over night but the Pine-Sol was about 10° Fahrenheit warmer. Did the same excellent job, though I did need to scrub some of the more heavily soiled areas with a toothbrush a bit. If I had left them in for another day, that probably wouldn't have been necessary.