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Re: Engine idle for 20 yr

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Posted by gbh on June 03, 2005 at 15:33:44:

In Reply to: Posted by on June 03, 2005 at 09:43:53:

there was a similar post about this a couple of months back that brought some good responses. Scroll down the page and look as it should be helpful.

Were it me, and I have done this, I'd check the obvious first: hoses and belts, gaskets, seals etc. I would shoot some penetrant into the plug holes just to loosen the rings and provide initial lubrication to the cylinder walls. Add fresh gas. CHeck the oil level. I'd clean / dry out the distributor, points etc with a solvent like starting fluid. Then I would pull the jeep slowly, ignition off, in 3rd to turn over the engine and see if the oil pressure comes up. If it does, you are ready. I would pull it, ignition on, to start it as that will save unnecessary wear on the starter and would likely be much quicker to a start. once started. monitor the oil pressure as it is critical. Assuming everything ok, I'd let it idle and watch for leaks from the pan, around the carb etc.
If it won't start or stay running, the reasons could be many.

Let us know how you came out!

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