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Help! Deburring inside of cylinder

Post  braggs on Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:00 pm


I have a .020 PeeWee that I'm restoring. The inside of the cylinder has burrs near the exhaust ports, caused by attempting to remove the cylinder with the Cox tool. This has caused the piston to bind as soon as it hits the bottom of the exhaust ports.  

Is there a way to deburr this without losing compression? Or is the cylinder done for?

Thanks for the help! For an old/niche engine, this forum is very active.
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Help! Re: Deburring inside of cylinder

Post  Jason_WI on Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:41 pm

The metal the cylinders are made from is very soft. An xacto with a sharp #11 blade can remove the burrs. I use a boom microscope with light source to see the high spot then scrape it down with the blade through the exhaust port. I’ll test fit with the piston. Any resistance means a high spot yet. I’ll then look for the high spot again under the scope and scrape that area only taking enough to remove that spot.

I have done .010 cylinders this way too.
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Help! Re: Deburring inside of cylinder

Post  Ken Cook on Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:50 pm

I do this with .049 cylinders with a 80% success rate. Source a piece of tubing that fits fairly snug into the inside of the piston. If it's too loose, wrap tape around the tubing and force it into the underside of the piston. Take the piston and tubing and insert it upside down in the cylinder. Use Mothers Polishing compound or similar and pull the piston up to the point it begins to bind. Place a Q-tip full of Mothers into the the exhaust port and twirl. Don't be aggressive as it will jam the piston in the cylinder. Twirl the tubing while moving it slightly up and down. Eventually the burr will subside and allow the piston to come up higher in the bore. If the burr is very large, initially removing it can be done with a X-acto carefully using a jewelers loop to see it. Wash with hot soapy water to remove all traces of compound. I have used other forms of polishes and grits to speed this up if needed. Currently, if I have a problematic cylinder that won't tolerate finer compounds to fix, I use rottenstone mixed with oil and make it into a paste. Brasso works but is less aggressive . Powdered cleanser like Ajax works but you have to be very careful not to get carried away.
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