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I am getting ready to pull down the motor (302) that I am putting in my 66 to re-seal it. I can see the valves through the exhaust outlets in the head and can tell that they are covered in carbon and crud. So I know that I am going to remove them from the heads and clean them.

My question is this, what is the best way to clean them. When I was in college I worked as a mechanics assistant at a Chryslet dealership. Cleaned alot of valves with a wire wheel mounted on a bench grinder. That worked well to get them clean, but I don't know if that will damage them in the long run. Is this method ok, or is there a better waY? Any suggestions are appreciated.
 

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Cleaned alot of valves with a wire wheel mounted on a bench grinder

Continue to do so. Perfectly fine way of doing it. Soaking them in carb cleaner prior to (and letting dry) can help a bit if bad. I also bead blasted valves with good success but always had to re-grind the seat angles.
 
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