my brother has a 1936 chevy truck he has to get out of his garage. I
have plenty of space to store it, but the truck has not been started or
driven for 6 years. it's on jackstands.
it ran and drove ok prior to storage. apparently he "mothballed" it
according to instructions he found in a book...don't know the details of
that yet. it's not the original drivetrain, it has an early 60's inline
6 and a olds rear end. Tranny is four speed, no synchros, double clutcher.
dusty but otherwise in great shape. i need to move it 200 miles from his
house to mine. i'd like to drive it...what items should i check out and
what precautions should i take when trying to revive a vehicle that has
sat so long?
I'm thinking :
make sure I can turn engine by hand with plugs out
hoses and belts
change all fluids
grease points (spindles, etc)
brake bleed and test
basic carb adjustments
warm up and check for leaks
20-30 minute test drive then check again for leaks
Mostly I am concerned about prep work I should do before trying to move
the "moving parts" again...engine, trans, rear end, steering gear,
suspension, wheels...maybe I should try something like a spray or small
amount of mystery oil in the cylinders and let it sit overnight...things
Six years isn't really all that long in the grand scheme of things,
particularly with a later engine and rear end. .
If it's not going to be a daily driver, how about borrowing a battery
for it, checking the belts and hoses to see if any needs replacement,
carry some water and spare hoses, check the condition of the tires,
etc. You might drive it around town a few days and get it warmed up
to try to discover anything not obvious. If they oil was good when it
was parked, it's probably still good. If it was in a garage on
blocks, it may have deteriorated less than my daily driver van in the
last six years.
On Wed, 14 Jun 2006 08:50:21 GMT, Flash Fyre
Do you want encouragement, or the truth?
Were this me, I'd stick it on a trailer and haul it the 200 miles. To
expect a vehicle that has been sitting for six years, was in unknown
condition when stored, has had gosh knows what happen to it since, is
expecting a lot!
If you *must* drive it, you need to bleed the brakes fully (the old
fluid will be full of water). You need to check all the brake linings
for delamination and failure, check the clutch for the same (usually
clutches as they are under pressure, don't fail, but brakes do).
Change all fluids (oil, coolant, tranny oil, diff oil.) Lube all
fittings. Repack front wheel bearings. Check very carefully (or better
replace) the tiresf which are sure to be dry-rotted by now.
Have a follow-me come after you to stop and give you help when it
breaks down, too! <g>
Or, rent a trailer, and do it the easy way.
(BTW, 200 miles is a major distance for this situation, so carry every
tool known to man, and a few extrans that haven't been invented yet,
Hey if you re-read my message it looks like you're assuming a lot...I've
seen the truck sitting in the dark garage for the last several years,
and I know it's history for the last decade.
If I run into problems I'll definitely have to rent a trailer.
Mostly am concerned about the engine sitting so long without turning.
IMHO the rings/cylinders could use a treatment of some kind, if anyone
has ideas please post.
Sure. Start this way. (Let's assume it is that 60's six cylinder, with
a 1 bbl carb...
Pull each spark plug, squirt in a bit of light oil. Not a lot, just a
Check the carb and make sure the throat is clear. I'd spray a bit of
WD-40 down the carb. Again, not too much.
Ground the high-tension lead from the coil, and with the plugs out,
crank it over about two revs with the starter. Some of that oil will
spray out of the plug holes, so don't get a face full.
Once you've done the two revs, squirt a big more oil in the plug holes
(again, moderation, not very much). Crank over (Plugs out!) until it
builds up oil pressure. With no compression (plugs out) it will crank
over quickly. If you don't get oil pressure, find out why!
Once oil pressure is up while cranking with plugs out, youre' ready to
give it a real try.
Reinstall new plugs. (also check the cap and rotor, clean and dry
both). Get everything hooked up (plugs wired correctly really helps).
Give it a quick shot of ether and (do both of these at the same time:)
pray and crank. With luck you'll get at least a quick run. If there is
no fuel getting to the carb it will die. Keep trying. The old fuel
will be totally crapped out, bring at least five gallons of fresh gas
(ten if you can find the cans!) Add that to the tank to dilute th eold
Keep with the ether and cranking until it runs or it is obvious it
Where this me, my worries would be:
1. Gas is so old and bad it won't burn at all. (this may require
purging the fuel line, pump and carb).
2. Fuel pump's valves are no longer sealing, so no fuel pressure.
3. Carb's seals and gaskets have dried out and it leaks...
(PS once warmed up, I would do an oil change. Cheap insurance and just
in case there's bad stuff in the oil...)
Thanks...your reply is very much appreciated. It's been 10 years since
I've had a motor apart...needed the brain refresher. Between this and
the other posts (and messages to my email) I think I have a decent shot
if the truck is willing.
Will post back with progress notes monday for the curious...
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