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10-18-04, 12:09 PM   #1  
sitting pretty...now what?

I've got a 75 Alfa Romeo Spider that has been sitting stored away for approx 7 years. I haven't starter her for 2 years and I assume the gas is bad (very little in there. I want to get it to the shop and have the clutch changed and start working on the restoration (little things, but nonetheless).
The car had a new topend done less than 4000kms ago)
\what should I do to get her back in running order?
ie drain all fluids?? (coolant,oil, tranny fluid, gas)
what about the tires/brakes etc?
I guess what I'm getting at is what should I do now that the car has been sitting for so long?


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10-18-04, 01:29 PM   #2  
Yes, all the fluids
Including brake fluid
It absorbs water so your metal brake lines are suspect if it was sitting with old, well used,fluid in them (less so if it was clean when stored)

I'd pull out the spark plugs and squirt some penetrating oil into each cylinder before attemting to turn it over

Your carb is suspect, if it sat with gas in it and the gas turned into that carmel stuff, it'll have to be taken off and cleaned properly
Well, maybe not
You may be able to get an idea from a visual inspection, poke around with a light
I don't know about these carbs, maybe they drain out after a while (that would be nice)

Check tires for flat spots and dry rot

I'm sure someone else will come along with some other tips

Hopefully zooming down the backroads soon!

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10-18-04, 04:42 PM   #3  
Don't forget to charge..

up the battery, it may not hurt to get it tested after it's charged because it's been sitting so long. Inspect the belts and hoses for dryrot, correct tension.

Not sure what else....

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10-19-04, 07:11 AM   #4  
kinda figured so on the fluids...brakes are prob siezed ...who knows?
No carbs....she sure purrs when running though


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