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Old 08-01-2006, 06:07 PM
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Hi i have recently gotten a little sunbeam minx for my 1st project but the engine according to the previous owner turns over....
a friend told me before i bother with the gas tank
(which is crusty) i can check the engine for spark n stuff...
what all should i do to see if the engine is savable for now to get it rolling under its own power before i swap out the engine (and so my wife doesn't turn it into a flower pot) and how do i go about it do i need the vacuum hoses hooked up typically and or a fan belt? because it currently doesn't have one

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Here is what I would do.......Remove the spark plugs, pour some Marvels Mystery oil into the cylinders...let it soak a couple of days. Then put a socket on your damper bolt and see if you can turn the engine over if you can... good. Now replace all the old vacumn hoses etc. Change the oil and filter. Hook a hot battery up to it and spin the starter with the plugs out to remove the excess Marvells Mystery oil. You can check for spark while you are doing this. If you have spark Install new properly gapped spark plugs. Clean fuel tank...put in fresh fuel and try to start it up...If it starts let it run and warm up good etc. No high rev's for awhile.
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is the damper bolt on the front of the engine you'ld use to crank the engine if the batteries dead?
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Old 08-01-2006, 06:33 PM
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Its the bolt that holds your harmonic balancer on. Its on the end of the crankshaft......front of engine down towards the bottom.
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OK cool Thanks ill swing by the parts shop for mystery oil..... i remember my dad once mentioned diesel fuel to pore into the block
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It won't hurt to mix a little diesel fuel with the Marvels Mystery oil. Just pour some in each spark plug hole and let it soak a couple of days.
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sounds good ill tell ya if it works or blows up (i hope it wont or doubt it will)
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You will need to drain and flush your cooling system and fill with 50/50 anti-freeze and water. Yep you need a fan belt too....check and be sure that your water pump is not stuck also.
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thanks i'll keep that in mind
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If you're concerned about the old gas in the tank, or crud in the tank getting in the carb and such, pull the line off the fuel pump. Run a new piece of line into a quart or gallon container. I bought a car that the previous owner moved around with a gallon jug tied under the hood because the fuel line or tank was messed up (was the strainer in the tank). He'd drive it around a block or two occasionally to keep it in decent condition. Won't hurt to put a filter between the container and pump.
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thanks for the gas advice. i believe the tank is rusted out because i can kinda see in it oh and i suffered a dilemma my plug socket is too small but i have a friend with an extra who will loan one to me
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hi so i was pulling out my plugs and i noticed that the top of my fuel pump(i believe) was broken my understanding is they used to be glass its like a glass bell strapped to the pump on the side of the block can i just have about a gal of gas raised in a can or bucket with a hose out of it using the weight of the gas to pressurize the carb to test the engine?
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gravity feed will feed 1 of those engines. they only put out about 3 psi to the carb anyway. most all old Fuel pumps had glass bowls, some removable, some not, most all have filters in the bowl.
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good yes this one has a little ithink brass or aluniminum screen init
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hello again heres an update i was putting the marvals oil in the cylinders through the plug-holes.... did any one notice it smells like candy..... any way i eventually need to flush/fill the coolant so i popped of the radiator cap and its coted inside with oil so ether the original death of the car was a blown head gasket i think or maybe in the 20+ yrs it sat maybe thought it'd be funny to dump oil in the rad..... but it was black instead of gold so any way i think im gong to flush it and see if i cant get it running any way shouldn't heart much, right?
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