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If you have one available, use a trickle-charger to bring the battery back up slowly, instead of jump-starting it. Check the tires. They are probably pretty low at this point. See if they are dry rotted (all cracked and ready to wear quickly). Check all of the fluids in the typical way. Note that it's okay if the oil shows a little low since it's not warm ...


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As has already been noted, anything rubber will have perished and will need replacing, as will all the fluids and any other normal perishable items (brakes, battery, filters etc). The brakes will have siezed on, and depending how dry the garage was, the interior may have mould and the bodyshell may have gone rusty... The biggest risk, however, is that the ...


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I'd say there are many pros and cons for newer and older as a starter (I went older, 84 Nissan 300ZX Turbo). Newer (lets say 15 years or newer so we are talking about 1996+ which should have ODB2) Pros OEM Parts Availability More Cars in Junk Yard to pull parts from (dependent on production numbers, but still more than older models) Less wear and tear ...


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My dad actually brought back a truck (big type semi) from a condition like this - it had a manual transmission but we did the maintenance stuff, replace belts, oil, lubricants etc. THEN we hooked up a chain, put it in gear and proceeded to drag it (tow) (in gear) for a while (a half hour to an hour?) at a slow speed - this allowed the engine to be fully ...


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If the gas didn't wasn't treated, then it will be broken down. That means a gummy varnish substance everywhere, but most critically in the carburetor/fuel injector. That may stop the engine from starting, or at least make it run badly. If you can get the engine to start, you can use a product like Sea Foam (http://www.seafoamsales.com/). Their instructions ...


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You are looking for a mask to filter particulates, an N95 HEPA mask or should be sufficient, they are usually pink or purple in color. You are correct that a dust mask is insufficient. If you have a beard, or as I do just think these are more comfortable then you can use a PAPR (pronounced papper) or Powered Air Purifying Respirator. Here are some examples ...


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Firstly, I'm going to asume the bodyshell is sound, as there is no point doing anything if it is rotten (and Volvos of that age can rot very badly) - You'd end up spending hundreds on getting it welded back together... I'll give an idea of prices in Sterling, obviously costs vary depending on where you are... Suspension Creaks and groans are often a ...


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To add on to Mikes answer: Next you'll probably find that the carb is full of varnish. (a thick sludge left behind when gasoline sits in a puddle for a long time). You'll probably end up having to disassemble and clean it out, you may need to by a carburetor rebuild kit. (probably) Next, there's a good chance that the rodents have damaged the wiring. ...


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Remove the spark plug. Squirt some oil into the cylinder,you can use regular motor oil but Liquid Wrench or equivilent would be better. Let it soak overnight.With the bike in neutral see if the motor will spin over using the kickstarter. If it won't turnover the motor is seized. At this point it is not worth repairing but could be a valuble learning tool. ...


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You'll need to check/replace for all rubber hoses(brakes, power steering, radiator, vacuum,...) as they could have dried and may break under load. Check wiring, they could have corroded or dried and can cause shortcut. Grease parts (Drifeshafts, steering, ...). Get a factory service manual for your specific vehicule and check the maintenance items, they ...


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You've got the right idea. Get an older common car, parts will be cheaper and there will be communities of people to help you. They're easier to work on and learn, no scan tools, not a lot of electronics. As for your grease conversion, I'm not sure that's a good place to start, especially on that car. You need good basic knowledge and experience before ...


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I learned much of what I know on a 1994 Acura Integra when it wasn't new but definitely was less than 10 years old. My advice would be: Start simple: most maintenance tasks are dead boring. Changing oil is not exciting but is very valuable. Know the costs of your mistakes. If I fail to tighten down my oil filter properly, I'm going to have a mess in ...


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If this is only due to aesthetics, you can use a Scotch-brite pad to remove the excess without chemicals. I take it the engine has not been running yet? If so, the paint is probably not fully cured, so shouldn't be that hard to get off. I would think using chemicals is a bit of overkill for removal. Scotch-brite will take a little bit of elbow-grease, but ...


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Try these sites, I have done research on several sites and these two kept coming up and they also have video on youtube to show you how to do it. http://superiorrestoration.com/categories/graphics http://www.classicdyeproducts.com/custom_button_graphics They help me repair my 05 Escalade buttons for my Steering Wheel, A/C Control Unit, and Navigation/Radio ...


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Make sure you have completed all the routine maintenance specified by your owners manual or a repair manual. Specifically Replacing: Belts Spark Plugs, Plug Wires, Distributor, etc. Filters (Air, Fuel, Oil, Transmission Fluid) Drain and fill your Transmission Fluid and Coolant Additionally: When your coolant has been drained, check and possibly ...


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I've bought a Toyota Land Cruiser 87 with a diesel a couple of month back. I wanted to learn how to wrench. My criteria were: Simple, no electronics Room to work around, I didn't want something too crowded Good online/offline communities(Forums,clubs, vendors) Parts prices and availability The only thing I didn't really follow was the parts price, I ...



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