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Old 12-02-2011, 10:43 AM   #1
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Years ago, I sold my 68 CJ V6 to a friend of mine, who kept good care of it for years and drove it often, until back problems got the best of him, so I bought it back. It was parked in a barn and not started for several years. I somehow got it home on rotted out tires, but have not started work on it due to a lack of funds. The gas tank rusted out, which I understand is common, because it was mounted under the drivers seat flat on the floor. I managed to buy an original tank out of Utah that appears to be in excellent shape. The motor and transmission worked well when parked in the barn, according to my friend. Start Up Information Needed!! I once had a list of things to do to an engine that has set for years, before attempting to start it up, but lost the list. Would very much like to receive info from members as to what I should do before trying to turn it over. I am not a mechanic, but I don't want to mess anything up, so any advise would be greatly appreciated. Also, I have been told that my radiator is most likely shot, so can these be rebuilt? The only radiators that I found on Ebay for this particular model, were in the $450 range, which I don't understand. May be just supply and demand, but that sounds awfully high for such a small radiator. If I find that it can't be rebuilt, where could I find one at a reasonable price. One more thing! Should I go ahead and replace my starter prior to trying to fire it up? Can starters be taken apart and cleaned up, if they are dragging a little from sitting? What other parts might be shot from just sitting for years. Any information would be greatly appreciated!! Gdaddy

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Old 12-02-2011, 10:57 PM   #2
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Hoses and rubber of course, will be bridle. I would not replace the starter or anything yet!
Myself, I would pull the plugs.
Put a little Marvel Mystery oil down the cylinders.
Make sure the fuel line is clean and replace the filter.
Check the cap and rotor for damage, etc.
By hand spin the engine a little to make sure its free.
Use the starter to spin the engine and see how it cranks.
You could put a hose in a gas can untill you get the new tank in!
replace the plugs and see if it starts.
A compression check would be good also. But I have learned not to spend too much time untill I know if it is alive or dead first!
remember that carb is going to be varnished up pretty good! it probably wont run real well for a little while!

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Old 12-03-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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If you can get to the oil pump drive shaft ( like a sb chevy, pull the distributer) I'd hook a drill to it and pump fresh oil through the engine.
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