<VV> Running motors after LONG term storage

Jay Maechtlen jaysplace at laserpubs.com
Thu Sep 28 10:19:05 EDT 2017

Ideally, all surfaces would have had oil on them, there would be no 
moisture, and no rust.
In real life, well - Looking forward to the pics.

On 9/25/2017 1:30 PM, N2VZD--- via VirtualVairs wrote:
> I have found interesting things when looking into starting motors after
> long term storage NOT properly prepared. The first thing I would do with it is
>   to drain the oil and look at it carefully. I have found in more than one ,
> the  crank shaft develops rust particles after it dries out , which are
> very gritty.  Maybe the filter would catch it , but not sure. All I know, is it
> looks  nasty.  It would not look good on bearing surfaces. I think these
> motors  were stored more than 10 years , had very clean innards when I opened
> them up ,  but the grit was laying below the crank , and the crank had a lot
> on it. The  cranks were cleaned at the machine shop , and were like new
> measurement  wise.
>    So I am reluctant to start a motor that has been sitting a long time
> (8-10 years? or more) without pulling the top and looking. Might save a lot  of
> damage to nice parts.
>    I recently acquired several motors that have been stored a long  time.
> They are from estate sales in this area. I will take them apart before  trying
> to run them , and take pictures. That will be one of many of  my  winter
> projects.
> Regards, Tim Colson
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Jay Maechtlen
'61 2-dr modified w/fiberglass skin,
transverse 3.8 Buick V6 TH440T4 trans

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