Steps to restart stored vechile


Old 07-13-02, 06:12 AM
Jesse Almaraz
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Steps to restart stored vechile

1950 Packard on blocks for ten years. Vechile was running when put in to storage. What are the appropriate steps to prepare engine before trying to restart after having sat for so long?
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Old 07-13-02, 06:33 AM
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stored car

Well my uncle had passed and my aunt had his 86' escort in the garage for 5 years now, with no blocks under it . Would it be worth getting that thing running again? My daughter wouldn't mind driving it. What should I do to this one? I'ts not as classic as that packard.
Old 07-13-02, 09:27 PM
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Escort poster: Depending on the condition, it might be a good starter car. If it's in fair shape, pitch it, especially after it sat. It will require a few hundred to get it in shape (fluids, filters, rubber items, etc). A 1986 Escort is not a reliable car by any stretch of the word .

Packard poster: It will need all the fluids changed, a complete brake job (as the wheel cylinders are likely frozen), fresh gas (might have to send the tank out for cleaning to a radiator shop, full tuneup, all new rubber items (tires, hoses, belts, etc) to get it road worthy. As it is back into service, more things will start to go as it's an old timer and things fatigue when they lie dormant like that.

Good news is, the Packard is an old tank and will probably fire up after a little TLC and a charged battery. You might want to use a prelube device (JC Whitney has them) to get oil into the engine before cranking it over.
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