Cranking a Stored Engine

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Old 11-14-08, 03:26 PM
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Cool Cranking a Stored Engine

I have a VW buggy engine on a project car that has not run for seven years. Are there any precautions I should take before cranking the starter?
 
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Trying to start it or just turn it over?

I would pull the plugs and squirt a little oil in the cylinders.
 
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Want to start it. What type oil should I try.
 
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I would turn it over a couple revolutions first
Check oil level
After it starts, if it does, then I would watch it close looking at the gauges.
Lightly rev up and down a bit to gently flex the rings.
Run for half hour if things are good then change engine oil
 
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Old 11-15-08, 06:15 AM
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Any clean engine oil will do. Couple of squirts in all cylinders and then follow frankiee's procedure. If you leave the plugs out for the initial turn-over you can either hand rotate it or spin it with the starter.

Fresh gas?
 
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Thanks Guys, for the help.
 
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Please use fresh gasoline. What is in the carb(if any) is shellac by now. Drain the tank and add some stabilizer to minimize the moisture that is surely there. I like to crank it over with the plugs out, and oil in the cyl. as stated, until the idiot light goes out or the guage goes up. That way I know I have oil pressure. Wouldn't hurt to check the plugs, points(if applicable) and voltage to the coil. A compression check wouldn't hure either, to ensure the valves are not stuck. Luck to 'ya.
 
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