Cleaning With Parts Washer & Sandblaster

Mr. Clean

Verne SimonsPhotographer, Writer

Aftermarket off-road parts are expensive . . . if they’re any good. And many can last a lot longer than their looks do. Rebuilding any old 4x4 means you’re going to bump into dirt, rust, grease, and other grimy substances. The perfect example of this is our 1969 Ford Bronco. This thing sat close enough to the Pacific Ocean for the past 15 years to suck a bunch of salt out of the air. Salt and steel make rust, and we’ve got plenty. Add a generous dose of grease that would be found on any 48-year-old truck and you’ve got a lot of work ahead of you.

Since the Bronco was a magazine project it has several cool old parts, parts that have a little rust and a lot of use left in them. These parts, with a little elbow grease and some tools, can be just about as good as new and perfect for our plans for this Bronco. With that in mind we talked to the folks at OEM tools about their 20 Gallon Parts Washer (PN 24801) and Bench Top Abrasive Blast Cabinet (PN 24815) to see if we could use them to bring these old but good parts some new life.