solo79 wrote:Welcome to the Forum!! Pretty much what Myloth said is a good overall check. You have to remember though, if the car has only been driven 1,500-2000 miles over a 10 year period, it's going to need some things. Rubber seals and gaskets don't like to be dry very long. Even a little bit of gas left over in a carb can varnish and gum things up inside those tiny ports. Pull the engine oil dipstick and look at the oil. I once bought a car where I pulled the dipstick out, smelled gas and could literally light the tip of the dipstick on fire. You don't even attempt start an engine like that. I would clean the carb, replace the air filter, check all hoses/belts, change the oil, coolant, plugs, wires, cap/rotor, and drain the gas tank, replace fuel filter, put new gas in before I even attempted to start it. Crawl up under the car and carefully inspect where the rubber hoses connect to the gas tank as these are proned to rotting. Bend them with your fingers and if they feel stiff or crack, replace it all. Same goes for vacuum hoses and fuel lines at the front if any of them are stiff, they need to be replaced.
That's what I do with a car that hasn't been run much in a lot of years, but the owner claims it starts and runs. When you drain the oil, look for signs of metal shavings or "clots" in the oil as well. You can tell a lot from an engine just by draining the oil.
Thanks! I'm no stranger to old cars, but I was worried about model specific stuff. I do know that this car was garaged for 90% or its life. In the glove box was every repair record right down to he original window sticker.
It was in rougher shape then the last time I saw it, the grandson said it has been through a couple family members before him, and one left it sit outside. We did get it running, and it ran great once the crap gas started to get burned through the system.
The interior was darn near perfect even the carpets were clean, but the lower parts of the door, and behind the wheels was rough now. Trunk pan was good, coolant was real dirty, oil and trans oil looked good. Overall not bad for a Michigan car... I did see signs of some issues near the wheel wells but they appeared minor compared to the others.
It has a brand new exhaust and 2 tires, the drivers manifold had an exhaust leak.
There is an issue with the rear brakes, the reservoir was dry in the master cylinder, but the front reservoir was full and the brakes worked. It had a fuel leak at the pump - but that was only a foot long piece of hose.
I will probably drag it home, more practical than my Harley... The 455 broke the tires loose on skunk gas barely trying with a 2.73 rear gear.
My fear is the expense of having patch panels made to fit, I'm doubtful anyone makes them for this car. Same with the rockers are there are signs they are bad under the stainless steel.