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what to do when she has been sitting for 46yrs


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Nitah
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Oct 2, 2016, 5:12 AM

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Restoration project I have. Unfortunately she has been sitting under a tarp in a garage since 1970. Before being covered and forgotten they drove her across country from Ontario to Alberta with no problems. 46 yrs later she has been towed to my garage and the engine is not willing to turn. My friend that is a mechanic and helping has never worked on a classic and was figured pull the engine and take it apart but my MIL boyfriend said as long as she was running nothing should be broken so its a matter or lubricating it we should be able to get it to go without pulling it. He recommended draining it and using brake fluid and letting it sit with brake fluid for a week or so then drain and flush refill with oil and then it should start moving. If he was in the same province he'd come and help but he isn't so just trying to get as much info as possible from as many sources before we start.


Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 2, 2016, 6:22 AM

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Re: what to do when she has been sitting for 46yrs Sign In

Moved this to Antique Section - any vehicles this old belong here IMO.


Doesn't much matter now what this is you'll need to systematically find out to extremes what is holding up engine and decide on how far to go with it.
It will wildly matter how dry it was while stored and still be a looooong list of things to check, do and plain throw out.


If you can look or get a scope to look inside a spark plug hole at cylinder walls for rust stuck pistons.


Decided from there to spray penetrating oil ( just enough) and let sit and turn engine by crank bolt or if standard trans by in gear rocking carefully forward and back to see it move.


Note: Running fine 46 years ago means almost nothing. Rubber parts totally degrade and lots more. Springs left with load probably lost it already.


This could be a total re-do despite it might look nice?


Do say what it is. Some vehicles plain won't be worth it,


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Oct 2, 2016, 8:34 AM

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Re: what to do when she has been sitting for 46yrs Sign In

Don't use brake fluid. Brake fluid is hydroscopic and will absorb moisture from the air. Then you have even more rust issues.

Drain the old oil and change the filter. Then put new oil in and prime the engine before you get it running.





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Tom Greenleaf
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Oct 2, 2016, 8:58 AM

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Re: what to do when she has been sitting for 46yrs Sign In

Ditto: That's not a viable trick of any sort. You can't remove just the years with a tarp over this thing no matter how stored it's been too long.


Vehicles for museum storage forever would be a whole different story and still problems if somehow for use ages later. 46 years ago if new then would be troubles.


So far I can't see what this thing even is?


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