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Discussion in 'Tech Discussion' started by B1075, Dec 17, 2020.

  1. J-Bob

    J-Bob Junior Member

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    My 79 sat in a field with 3 freeze plugs pushed out for 3 years. Replaced them and went to a fuel cell (gas tank rust) and I was rolling. Rebuilt carb a few months later and now it purrs like a kitten. Just finished installing 3.73’s and an Eaton Detroit TruTrac yesterday. No whine, howl, clunks, or leaks so far! Go for it.
     
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    I started a 89 6.2 diesel after 15 years of sitting. I put fresh batteries in it and it started . Put fresh gas in it so there is something new in it . And of course fresh batts and tru
     
  3. B1075

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    6AB7E02A-28B1-4C81-89CE-FAB1EC9DAE4C.jpeg 46559A3D-6297-40D5-B167-632E718797F9.jpeg Sorry it’s been a while. Finally dug it out of the garage and cleaned it up. Try to starry it this week.
     
  4. B1075

    B1075 Junior Member

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    *start
     
  5. BRetty

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    You do the old-school blue flames?
     
  6. B1075

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    About 20 years ago in high school auto body class. Painted the whole truck. It’s held up pretty well, garaged most of the time.
     
  7. idahovette

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    @B1075 after reading your post, I go to thinking about the paint on my cars....Nova was painted in 1998 by my son just before our Hot August Night trip to Reno and the Chevelle is about 8 or 9 years older......Wow time flies, but indoor storage helps A LOT!!!!!
     
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  8. B1075

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    Time dose fly. Kinda shocked me when I realized it was 20 years ago
     
  9. scenic760

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    Hey All!

    Happened upon upon this thread as I too am trying to get a sitting square on the road. And yes, you will RARELY see a square on the road in Socal..someone said that when China was completely booming scrap metal was at $200 per ton and quite a few squares met their fate. Ironic that China's infrastructure is being supplied by US cars..haha

    I just bought a 1981 Suburban K1500 (I had to drive 200 miles to find it!) that sat for 4 years outside. I'm having a hard time getting it to turn over and I have pulled the plugs, oiled the cylinders with Deep Creep and am trying to rock the balancer with the bolt on tool they sell. I've gotten it to move maybe 1-2 degrees back and forth but it doesn't seem to be moving much more than that. I did take off the valve covers and it looks like some rust had gotten on the rockers/pushrods on top so I yanked those off and they don't appear to be rusted the length of the pushrods. I put a camera in each cylinder and they actually look pretty good (no rust) with a bit a carbon in a couple...my next guess was to pull the starter as thought it may be binding?

    OP- did you get yours going?!
     
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    Get a flexplate tool and use it, you can go both ways and get good leverage on it. You take a chance of snapping the balancer bolt or screwing the threads up when trying to turn a partially seized engine over. Once you have the tool, you will wonder how you ever got by without it. Beats hell out of moving 2 teeth at a time with a screwdriver. Chances are that once you get it to move a little bit, it'll roll through the entire 360 degrees. Back and forth and unless you have some major rust, you'll get 'er broke loose.
     
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  11. Powerhouse Ranch

    Powerhouse Ranch 3G Connoisseur Supporting Member

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    i do hope you mean diesel fuel rather than gas, in that case it wouldn't have started XD i've seen it happen though
     
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  12. Powerhouse Ranch

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    let me know how it goes, i'm in a similar situation. truck is at original owners house, still working through official titling to then get it towed to my house to actually start on it. been sitting for 4-5 years
     
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    I've been thinking about doing flames on mine. Seems like a good look for a 70's pickup.
     
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    Double damn! That truck is beautiful
     
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