Just started a restoration of a 1964 Corvette Roadster. First thing is to
see if we can get the motor running after about 10 years of sitting.
Fortunetly the car was stored inside a warehouse so there was no sun damage.
I will try to keep the page updated.
Betcha it starts up fine once you do the things you mentioned on your
You might also consider:
1. rebuild the carb
2. disconnect the fuel lines from the tank, carb, and fuel pump; fill
the fuel lines
with brake cleaner (use hoses to raise the level of the lines at
pour cleaner into one hose) and let sit a day or so, then flush them
with an air hose
3. replace the spark plugs, rotor, and distributor cap
4. change the oil/filter and use an oil pump primer tool to flow oil
through the engine
before trying to start it
I fired one up about a year ago that had been sitting for 13 years. I
cleaned the gas tank, replaced the tank screen (it fell apart), and checked
the oil. Oil level was about 2 quarts high and smelled like gas, so I
assumed the pump went bad and replaced it.
I pulled the carb and rebuilt it. Good thing, it was full of crud from
having the gas dry out and the carb begin to rot.
I squirted an oil and gas mixture down the intake and rotated the engine by
hand to get the mixture in the cylinders.
With a fresh carb, fresh fuel pump, fresh gas, and a fresh battery, I fired
it up. It hit a few times, stopped, and hit again. About the third time,
it fired and ran. I kept the engine running for a few minutes about
1500-2000 rpm to ensure oil pressure was up and going everywhere. After
than, I let it idle and checked for leaks and such. None.
I imagine if you haven't already, you will find these same basic things and
it will run just fine after that.
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