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Re: [T3] Old engine startup


If I were doing it, I'd want to pull the gas tank and clean the screen
and tank out to get the sludge out.  Replace all the gas line hose.
Replace fuel filter.  Definitely change oil.  Check valve adjustments
and ignition timing.   Freshly charged battery. You might want to see
if you can get some oil into the cylinders and run the pistons back
and forth a few times.  From what my tractor-reviving buddy says, the
chances of at least one cylinder being full of rust is pretty good
after a lot of years, at least one will have had a valve open with air
moving in and out carrying moisture.  Check compression.  When I was
in the process of reviving my '71, I used propane for starting and
briefly running, just take the head off a torch and stick it in the
butterfly.  Lots less stressful than using starting fluid, probably
safer than trying to utilize old fuel system components or dumping raw
gas into the carb. You also don't need a working injection system or
fuel pump.  To bar the engine over, I use a wrench on the generator
pulley nut, my generator belt is tight enough to turn the crank that
way.  Saves beating up the timing hole with a screwdriver or other
prybar.

On Tue, 2 Mar 1999 19:22:06 -0700, you wrote:
²Kaa '63 Squareback for sale recently, last driven/run in 1977 and began
>wondering, would it be possible to start up the engine after all that time,
>assuming it's not frozen?
>
>What steps would be necessary to do so without blowing it up?
>
>Thanks,
>Everett Barnes - AZ -  everettb@prodigy.net
>VW Planet - http://thesamba.com/vw
>
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