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Old 03-01-2006, 11:47 PM
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Starting an engine that has not been started in 20 years

I am in the process of buying a 1976 Starsky and Hutch Torino. I am told that it was running when parked 20 years ago. The only similar posting dealt with a vehicle not run for a much shorter time. Certainly I know that I must do all of the things spoken about in the previous posting (complete tuneup, oil change, radiator flush and fill, fresh gas and some Marvel Mystery Oil in each cylinder). The car is equipped with a 460 Police Interceptor. Does anyone have some more thoughts on this?

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Old 03-02-2006, 12:24 AM
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Doc here,

Yeah, Pull the valve covers, squirt some oil on the Valves, in the center of the springs.

This will loosen up crud on the stems.AND soften the rubber guide seals.

Pre lube if you can before starting, be sure all your filters are clean, and if the carb has sat 20 years I'll bet it's full of dust from varnished gas..you should pull the air horn and inspect / clean the bowls and float / needle seat.

Inspect all the wiring before you power it up..Rodents love the insulation for nesting and food..

Inspect all the rubber hoses, water and Vacuum.

Make sure you have brakes, and the booster is hooked up.

Be sure the PVC is free and working, rattle it by your ear, and spray carb cleaner in it until it runs out clean.

Make sure the water pump isn't frozen as well as any other belt driven accessories.

Make sure the instruments work..especially oil and water ...and monitor them!

Run the car about 50 or 100 miles and change the oil and filter again.

That's what I do. (in addition to what you have already done)

BTW, Howdy Concord, from Lafayette..were only a few miles apart! Do you have a relation named Jim in Pittsburgh?

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Thanks for the reply and useful info. As to a relative in Pittsburg......hard to say. My father was a bit of a rambler (2 legged not 4 wheeled variety) and may have left sperm donations all over the place.
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Doc here,

Just wondering, Have a friend in Pittsburg that spells his last name the same way..

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