While I wouldn't say there was a sacrilege commited, maybe what many are
getting at is to contact the vendor in question, see what is up. Then if
things aren't on the up and up let people know. I'v followed from the
outside and it seemed that never happend. This isn't ment as a flame to
you at all. Just seemed to be a "hey this is what I got what do you
think". Where maybe I would have called him, asked what the issue was
etc...then gone to the list to say hey this is what my experiance has
I have tried polishing the bells on a set of SU's had two totally
different outcomes using the very same cleaning/polishing method, but
mostly looked this like the ones you showed, but I only hand rubbed mine
(bells that is :). As for vise marks or such, those can be hiden under
dirt/grime, and then show when they are cleaned...who knows what the PO
did to them, then again maybe it happened when you sent them in.
Don't take this as me telling you what to do but more of this is what I'd
do. Let us know how they work though, as in the end that is what counts
is a good running car that you can enjoy.
> Somebody should have explained to me that criticizing Joe's work is
> considered sacrilege. I'd never heard of Joe until a few months ago, and I
> certainly didn't mean to upset so many of you. On his website, Joe states
> that his carbs get " hand cleaning, and plastic media blasting plus acid
> dipping if needed to even color". I took that to mean that they would
> back looking at least as clean and shiny as a rebuilt carb from Pep Boys.
> I wasn't expecting them to be polished - just clean. I realize my
> photography skills aren't the greatest, and that you can't see the vice
> marks in the pictures...but they are there, and you can certainly see the
> caked on crime, unless you just don't want to. I'm going to clean the
> and move on. I apologize to all those I've offended...it wasn't
> For the record, Joe emailed me today and offered to clean up the bells if
> sent the carbs back. I thanked him, but I can't see waiting two or three
> weeks for the carbs to be shipped to NY and back just for five or six
> minutes of cleaning, and I've already spent way too much time and energy
> this subject.