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Old 01-19-2003, 09:10 PM
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Question trying to avoid an overhaul

ive got a '55 ford with a 292. Its been sitting for about 35 years or so. i know it runs we have had it started. i know the ideal thing to do would be to ovehaul it but the cheapest kit i have found for it is over 700 bucks. i am planning on a complete tune up, replacing the oil pump? and priming the oil well, and if i have to a rebuild for the carb. i was wondering if there were any suggestions on additives or whatnot what i could use to try and bring life back to this dinosaur

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Old 01-19-2003, 09:24 PM
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I ran my VERY tired Chevy 235 six for a couple of years using 'Restore'. Comes in a chrome can at any parts store. Works pretty well at reducing oil loss, noise but you are just psotponoing the inevitable if your engine is very worn. There are no magic elixers that substitute for a freshend engine.

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i realize i cant get a can of majic, but after working with sbc engines and doing complete rebuilds for under a grand it kills me to think of doing a overhaul for that mugh id rather save for the rebuild if i can get it going for now as an everyday car
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Old 01-19-2003, 10:25 PM
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hey capt. Northernautoparts have a master overhaul kit for the 292 at approx $310.00 and thats complete and all stock plus u can upgrade your cam, pistons, and timing set. go and check out their website .And you'll be suprised by their price and its name brand parts too.
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thanks abe, thats a big help
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hey capt. sorry i made a mistake the price i gave u was for a chevy 292 not a Ford. the 292 for the Ford is $677.00 .. Sorry big price difference.
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Just pre-lube the cylinders (a shot of 30W), pre-lube the engine (with a electric drill and attachment for the oil pump drive) and fire her up (with fresh motor oil of course).

Monitor oil pressure and once she runs OK (fresh secondary ignition-valves set) do a compression test (or better a leak down test) to determine the condition of the engine.

Make sure you have fresh fuel and the carb is not varnished up.

This is a very tough engine and it might surprise you.
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