I have a 1979 Austin morris (leyland,freight rover) Sherpa campervan 1979 model 230 with a "17v" "o" series engine 1.7 litre. I am soon to replace the engine with a new old stock (30 years old) that has been stored quite well for 28 years but the last 2 years outside under cover of a tarpaulin.

Does anyone know if there's a procedure for engine preparation before starting her up to ensure a good and healthy start in life? I'm particularly concerned with pre-oiling and damage limitation to rubber valve stem seals. Rubber belts.

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    After 3 decades the seals and gaskets will almost certainly degraded, are you planning to replace them?
    – GdD
    Jul 31, 2020 at 13:22
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    I would do what I always do before a first time start and remove all the plugs and spin the engine over without fuel to push oil around the engine - and watch for the oil coming into the camshaft / valve area.
    – Solar Mike
    Jul 31, 2020 at 14:36
  • I'd be concerned about how it was stored and whether or not any rust has formed on the bearings or the cylinder walls. If this were my project, I'd open it up and inspect it closely. You likely spent a lot of money on this NOS engine and the last thing you want to do is ruin it the first time the crankshaft spins.
    – jwh20
    Jul 31, 2020 at 15:28
  • @Solar Mike Yes, that sounds like a plan. Do you think there's any merit in pan heating the oil before it goes in? I remember you saying you had experience with these engines - any chance you could give your opinion on the other 2 comments? Jul 31, 2020 at 21:36
  • @jwh20 Thanks. Do you think that some slight surface rust would just disintegrate or could it actually do some real damage. I got it for about £550 2, maybe 3 years ago on the bay. Jul 31, 2020 at 21:43


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