One approach is to disassemble the engine, examine bearings, measure
valve springs, replace gaskets, etc. I met a person once who said that
he did that. Most, however, trust that their storage efforts that
included oil in cylinders, draining carb gas, slacking valve adjusters,
turning engine with the crank from time to time would suffice to keep it
all in good order.
You could remove the rocker cover, adjust valves, pour clean oil all
over rockers & shaft and pushrods, put a teaspoon of oil into each
cylinder, turn engine with crank, then put a cloth over the sparkplug
holes to catch oil sprayed out at next step. Spin engine on the starter
until oil pressure gauge flickers. Replace the sparkplugs, check static
timing of distributor, then start her up.
On Sun, 28 Aug 2005 19:10:43 -0400 "Bill Snyder" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> I have reached the point in my '53 TD resto that I need to crank the
> engine. Can anyone provide a checklist of electricals, etc that need
> be hooked up and a procedure list for cranking this engine? It was
> cranked outside of the car by PO approximately 2 1/2 years ago and
> documented <25,000 miles on the engine. It has all new hoses and
> rebuilt radiator, added spin-on oil filter and adapter, and
> professionally rebuilt carbs. The distributor was removed during
> but replaced in as exact an alignment as possible.
> Any advice appreciated. I have never cranked an engine sitting idle
> this length of time and want to avoid damaging it. I know you TD
> out there know the proper procedures and I'm smart enough to know
> to ask for help.
> Bill Snyder
> Waynesville, NC
> '53 TD under construction
> '66 MGB
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