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    Posted: 10 Mar. 2019 at 12:41pm
   Hi everyone !

   This thought popped into my petrified brain, and I thought maybe I would share it for those of us who may have "extra" carburetors sitting around.

How do you store a known good carburetor for long-term ?

   15-years back, I was visiting with a couple of guys who were renting a small commercial / industrial shop to work on their speedway cars. (round-de-round).
We got onto the curse of a stored carburetor drying-out.

   One of the guys promptly spoke up and said an old guy at the racetrack one time told him to First before storage to submerse the carb in a bucket of ATF, and roll it around and let it soak for 2-days. Then remove the carb and let it drain then wrap it in a large towel and place it into a large dry-storage box or can.   It really did make sense, and I have never done this because I haven't ever had a large 5-gallon bucket of ATF. At least the gaskets would not dry out, and the accelerator pump diaphragm would be lubed if it were leather. It may also prevent check-balls from corroding or sticking too.

   Anyone using a similar method of pickling a carb before long-term storage ?

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I've always hit them with WD40 in and out. Squirt into any orifices you can get to. Then i wrap in plastic. Does it work? Well, don't really know. I've always ended up selling or giving away the stored part before I could use it again. While not a carb - I just acquired a TBI unit from a friend who used the same method. It was bagged for ten years. I clean it up and bit and installed it. It's perfect. Granted not the same - but the theory seemed to work. 
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I like the WD40 idea. A friend told me to spray WD40 on my snowmobile engine after each use and the aluminum will stay looking nice. He was right. 
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