Although my MK III Sprite hadn't been standing so long I also recently had
a seized pistons problem. Rocking the car in fourth didn't work. What did
work was to pour penetrating fluid into the cylinders for a few days. Then
remove the starter motor and carefully lever the flywheel by the ring gear
using a tire iron. Once there is a little movement work it back and forth
until there is about an inch movement. Then replace the penetrating fluid
with 5/30 engine oil and continue working it back and forth. Once you get a
complete revolution then put the vehicle in fourth and roll it back and
forth to free things up. it worked for me and now the car is running
> From: Eric Russell <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> To: LBCarNut@aol.com; email@example.com
> Subject: Re: Turning it over...
> Date: Thursday, August 19, 1999 5:31 PM
> Thanks to all who replied, but I guess I should have provided more
> I would have done the whole put it in 4th and move it, if I could. See,
> car is parked on a hill, in a specific spot. I can't really move it until
> is ready to move on its own.
> The remote starter idea. Does anyone know where I can find one of these?
> battery is not there, but the starter is, rusty casing, but It doesn't
> to try and see if it turns over.
> But if I hook up a starter, and the valves are stuck, won't it push
> with enough force to cause damage even if I just tap it? Plus being the
> and condition..the starter might stick open and that would be real bad.
> Another question. It's a 68 MK IV with negative Earth. I've got no
> to tell me what battery to buy. Can I get one from Kragen that will work?
> Eric Russell
> Los Gatos, CA
> 68 AH Sprite
> 65 Porsche 356 Coupe
> 87 Mustang GT Conv.
> 90 Jeep Cherokee