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Question DetailsAsked on 5/8/2011

1969 Mustang hasn't been started in 2 years - any special precautions before I try?

I've got a 1969 Mustang that hasn't been started in two years. I'm planning on working on it in the next week or so, but I'm concerned about doing damage to it by starting it. Someone told me that I should put oil in the carburator, and somebody told me I should rent a device to put into the distributor to circulate the oil, and somebody else told me I should take out each spark plug and put a little bit of oil in each cylinder. Somebody else told me not to worry about it. I'd like to get more advice to see what I should do before trying to start it for the first time.

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If it were me, I'd consult a reputable mechanic. Although it's been many years since I've done much more than check oil & fluid levels & put gas in the tank, if I remember correctly, after 2 years of non operation there are many other things to do before touching the ignition key. Never heard of renting a device to put on a distributor - nor oil in a carburator.

Answered 9 years ago by tessa89


no oil needed in the carb. It is recommended to get an oil primer (device to go into distributor hole) to pump the oil through the motor. What you need to do is remove your distributor cap and mark exactly where the rotor is using a marker, put a mark on the distributor body and on the engine to line everything back up. Once you have a reference to be able to put the distributor back in you then need to remove it. The oil primer will mount in a drill, engage the primer with the oil pump shaft and spin the drill. Use a variable speed drill as you do not need to spin too fast. If you have an oil pressure guage try and get around 30 lbs. Do this for about 30-60 seconds to ensure oil made it through to all the bearings. Now you can reinstall the distributor and fire up the engine. Squirting a bit of oil into each cylinder through the spark plug hole is not a bad idea either to lubricate the piston rings. Hopefully you did not have fuel sitting in the car for the 2 years as it most likely has varnished and gummed up the carb and filter (like in the Stabil commercial). Or you can forget all this and hope for the best :-) Respond back on how things work out. Good luck. Oh yeah, use new oil & filter before you start all this.

Answered 9 years ago by clabarre


Great advice- I'd be interested in how it all turned out? R

Answered 9 years ago by Saluki

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