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Old 09-01-2012, 06:25 PM
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Desoto flathead 6 sitting for 15 years

Im tempted to try to get my 1940 Desoto flathead 6 started. As far as the previous owned mentioned, it has been sitting for about 15 years an ran fine before that. It turns freely therefore doesnt seem to be frozen. Its a 6 volt systems. The car is all original.

Before I charge the battery and attempt to start what should I do?
I already cleaned out the gas tank. Should I oil the cylinders manually turn a few times? what other things should I do before doing so? I'm interested in any suggestions regarding the cooling system etc...

How do you charge a 6 volt battery anyways? Im sorry if these questions seem lame but Im not familiar with Flatheads and 6 volts systems

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Im tempted to try to get my 1940 Desoto flathead 6 started. As far as the previous owned mentioned, it has been sitting for about 15 years an ran fine before that. It turns freely therefore doesnt seem to be frozen. Its a 6 volt systems. The car is all original.

Before I charge the battery and attempt to start what should I do?
I already cleaned out the gas tank. Should I oil the cylinders manually turn a few times? what other things should I do before doing so? I'm interested in any suggestions regarding the cooling system etc...

How do you charge a 6 volt battery anyways? Im sorry if these questions seem lame but Im not familiar with Flatheads and 6 volts systems
the guys on the P15 D 24 site will be glad to help you with this,,

but i would pull the plugs oil all the cylinders,turn the motor over by hand, oil the cylinders again,,,change the engine oil,and filter if it has one,, new plugs,,,new points,,and a new 6 volt battery for now ,,later u can look in to switching over to 8 volt or 12 volt,,your starter may not like 12 volt give her a whirl,,, like i said the guys on the P15 D 24 site have a ton of answers for flat heads,,or check the hamb,,,
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Im tempted to try to get my 1940 Desoto flathead 6 started. As far as the previous owned mentioned, it has been sitting for about 15 years an ran fine before that. It turns freely therefore doesnt seem to be frozen. Its a 6 volt systems. The car is all original.

Before I charge the battery and attempt to start what should I do?
I already cleaned out the gas tank. Should I oil the cylinders manually turn a few times? what other things should I do before doing so? I'm interested in any suggestions regarding the cooling system etc...

How do you charge a 6 volt battery anyways? Im sorry if these questions seem lame but Im not familiar with Flatheads and 6 volts systems
As far a charging a six volt battery just get a battery charger that charges either six or twelve volts via a selector switch.

If the carb is gummed up be prepared to take it apart and clean.

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