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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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This is the sort of thing where one should let common sense prevail¹. Based on my experience, a thorough job will keep track of the following aspects: storage - ensuring that the part isn't misplaced when it's time to put everything back together location - where that screw/bolt/nut/washer/grommet/O-ring is supposed to go sequence - the order of ...


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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 ODB2 ...


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One trick I've used before is to draw an outline of the part on a sheet of paper, then push the screws/bolts through the paper in the right places - this does both the association with the part and with the location, useful for things with different length bolts... Another trick, as per Zaid's comment, is to use sandwich bags, which can be labelled as to ...


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Hi to those starting engines which have been sitting "idle" for more than three months. We recently started a 190e Benz which had not been started for more than 6 months. First step was to check condition and level of all fluids (engine oil, trans fluid, coolant, power steering, brake fluid and battery acid). We then checked drive belts and battery ...


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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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If you are in a high humidity area, I would: Coat the part in WD-40 (at least pieces which are made of or have exposed metal pieces). Put them into a large Zip Lock Style Vacuum Storage bag along with ~six oxygen absorbers Vacuum out the storage bag Place bag on the shelf and leave it alone. You may want to put something around the part so any sharp edges ...


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If they say it is unnecessary, I'd put them in the complete idiot category. Will the car run? Most probably, but it has a large propensity to cause issues down the road. With that said, there are some caveats we could talk about. Was the car prepped to stand that long? If the car was filled to the gills with gas, then had 2x Stabil put into the tank ...


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I want to open with, I'm not really a car guy. I want to add, I haven't worked in a shop in over 25 years. With my lack of qualifications I will submit my opinion. Flat Rate Background Rant Typically, from my experience, flat rate rules the day. Dealerships, shops large and small, use a flat rate methodology to be profitable. This construct is an ...


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The best way to keep them looking good is to utilize clear spray lacquer which is is not affected by UV. UV light is what causes the cloudiness in the first place. By spraying the clearcoat on there, you effectively protect the lense from the harmful UV rays. After you get through sanding the lense down, throw several light coats of the clear, then follow ...


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From Hot Rod magazine: Mini-tubbing is the act of widening a car's rear wheelwells, moving the inner halves inboard to the location of the stock frame-rails to achieve maximum tire clearance without major frame hacking. It's a mod that dates back to the early '60s and has mostly been used for drag racing... More here: http://www.hotrod.com/how-to/paint-...


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The TTY bolts need to be specific to the application, but don't need to be sourced through the dealership. Fel-Pro makes a lot of bolts which replace the stock bolts in a TTY application. Usually the aftermarket picks up the slack for fasteners. If not, then you'd have to go back to the dealership. If they don't have any, you can got to an alternative ...


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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'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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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 (Driveshaft, steering, ...). Get a factory service manual for your specific vehicle and check the maintenance items, they ...


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I would replace the ground to the battery , they are known for corroding internally , it will cause same issues but will not do it all the time, that's where I would start , good luck hope this helps


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When you put the key into the ON (not start) position, do you hear the fuel pump? Have someone stand at the back of the car, or better yet with their head under the rear bumper, turn the key to ON and listen for the pump. You should hear a whirring noise. Your vehicle doesn't seem old enough, but the ethanol was killing the fuel pumps of a lot of late 90's ...


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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 my ...


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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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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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I used the 3M headlight restoration kit to restore my car's cloudy headlights and once they were clear, I sealed them with the Sylvania UV Block Clear Coat. This seems to have worked for me. I have a video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PbMHBtThvpk Also, here are some pics of the process. So far, they seem to be holding up well and I love the restored ...


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It's more than likely the clear coat, and not rust. Here's why. Temperature change is one factor. The clear coat can sometimes expand differently than the base coat. Areas where snow get piled on can be a factor, as well as sections that get heated frequently, ie. hood. Acid rain can breakdown the chemical bonds, and the above separation can occur. "...


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Ambitious first project but rescuing a beast from Breganze is worth the effort. Number one tip: take too many pictures as you disassemble—priceless because even though I have completely rebuilt my own bike more than once (have a similar vintage Moto Guzzi Le Mans that I've owned for 30 years) I forget how stuff goes together. Chances are that anything ...


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I will start by saying there is no single right answer. Where to start will depend on what condition the bike is in now (does it start? Is there anything known that obviously wrong with it?) The time facilities and money you can apply, and whether you you want to get it running as soon as possible or whether you want to do a full nut and bolt restoration ...


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These are the steps I would take: Clean and assess Start by making it safe to be worked on. Re-assess Aim to make it run. Re-assess. Aim to make it rideable Aim to make it legal. Make it reliable. Make it beautiful. (Optional) Clean off dirt and dust. Spray penetrating oil on nuts and bolts you will be undoing. WD40 is awesome. Means is anything loose? ...


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It all depends how long the paint stays open for so when dry spray goes over an area you just painted it will settle in to the wet paint so when your doing a full re spray you would want to use a slower activator for inside then masks off the inside and spray the outside and dependent on witch spray booth your using side draft both down draft booth for ...


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My brother used to be a paint tech and sometimes would do restos: This is done to avoid spraying that will not be painted in detail at that very moment. Overspray requires another round of prepping. Its easier to mask areas and then paint as you progress than to paint the whole shell inside out. Some cars also use a different color on the interiors and may ...


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i prefer the IKEA way. you may have tons of screws but the actual number of screw types will be far less (to keep manufacturing costs as low as possible). Number the types, group the screws by type and stick numbered label on every single screw hole. The other method for very small screws: draw a sketch of the parts on paper and stick the screws on the ...


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