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Reviving Pickups Sitting for 23 Years!

DesertWanderer
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Hello all. Over 23 years ago i put two pickups (1989 S10 2.8 L and 1987 Silverado 5.7 L) in a barn to "rest" for a while. Both ran well at the time. I now need to revive one of them for a farm truck. I am going to start with the S10 because the Silverado has two gas tanks. (It needs three!) My guess is that the gas resembles jello at this point. I have never done such a revival. Any pointers? Does anyone have any ideas? I am thinking about buying a new gas tank and blowing the crud out of the gas lines (with tank removed) back from the throttle body. Any help will be appreciated. THANKS!

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2005 Spyders (Two in Paradise Blue Metallic, One Super White)
2007 S2000 (New Formula Red)
2007 Civic SI (Nighthawk Black Pearl) TBONED BY 1960 LINCOLN RIP
1970 Olds 442 W30 (Nugget Gold )

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Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2021 12:25 am
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I would probably undo each spark plug and add some MMO on top of the piston and let it sit to free up the rings.  Drain the oil and see  it comes out thick with sludge. If it comes out thick I would remove the oil pan and clean it out including the oil pick up tube.  If there is any solids its going to block the galleries and ruin bearings.  

Next I would hand turn the motor to see if the rings are frozen. If so more MMO. 

I would remove the fuel filter and disconnect the fuel lines. If and when you decide to start it I would spray the intake with  a little starter fluid to see if you can get it to ignite and stumble.  Next I would get all new fuel injectors and inspect the fuel lines.  Lots of work to be done before you are in the clear. 

 

 

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Posted : July 30, 2021 6:29 pm
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@dev Thanks Dev! Yes, my guess is the fuel system is the biggest stumbling block. These trucks have been serviced well EXCEPT for the last 23 years!

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2005 Spyders (Two in Paradise Blue Metallic, One Super White)
2007 S2000 (New Formula Red)
2007 Civic SI (Nighthawk Black Pearl) TBONED BY 1960 LINCOLN RIP
1970 Olds 442 W30 (Nugget Gold )

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Topic starter Posted : July 30, 2021 8:02 pm
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The fuel system will have to be drained and inspected at minimum. I remember leaving a motorcycle from the 90s sitting in storage for two years when I was overseas only to find the carbs gummed up that it required them to be pulled and completely disassembled. It was a real pain to clean out. 

 

 

 

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Posted : July 31, 2021 3:26 pm
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I blew out the line and removed the gas tank. The old gas just poured out of the tank. I rinsed it out, truck started and runs great with no new components! NOT the expected outcome!

2005 Spyders (Two in Paradise Blue Metallic, One Super White)
2007 S2000 (New Formula Red)
2007 Civic SI (Nighthawk Black Pearl) TBONED BY 1960 LINCOLN RIP
1970 Olds 442 W30 (Nugget Gold )

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Topic starter Posted : August 2, 2021 5:45 pm
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Thats amazing. Congrats. 

 

 

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Posted : August 2, 2021 10:39 pm
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@dev It may be because of the Staybil that my dad used in all of his gas. All I know is that he used that in all of his cars & trucks. Food for thought, certainly not proof.

2005 Spyders (Two in Paradise Blue Metallic, One Super White)
2007 S2000 (New Formula Red)
2007 Civic SI (Nighthawk Black Pearl) TBONED BY 1960 LINCOLN RIP
1970 Olds 442 W30 (Nugget Gold )

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Topic starter Posted : August 3, 2021 7:31 pm
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 I let my car sit for almost 3 years with Stable in it.  They say its only good for a year I think but my car started but ran bad. After some dryer additive and fresh gas it was fine. 

 

 

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Posted : August 5, 2021 10:16 am
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I had an 88 K series back in the day. I loved the truck. It suffered from the wobbly rag joint in the steering shaft. There are better solutions for fixing it today than there were back then.

I miss that old truck.

LMC Truck will become a really good friend of yours.

 

 

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Posted : August 19, 2021 7:59 am
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@wilcomr-s I just did the same with my 1987 Silverado 5.7 L. It also was sitting in a barn for 23 years. It runs GREAT but was a bit more effort because it has two tanks. My dad evidently had a great idea with the Stabil but I am amazed that both trucks revived without a hitch. Sometimes you win!

2005 Spyders (Two in Paradise Blue Metallic, One Super White)
2007 S2000 (New Formula Red)
2007 Civic SI (Nighthawk Black Pearl) TBONED BY 1960 LINCOLN RIP
1970 Olds 442 W30 (Nugget Gold )

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Topic starter Posted : August 28, 2021 9:45 am
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@wilcomr-s I would love to have an 88 K Series now!

2005 Spyders (Two in Paradise Blue Metallic, One Super White)
2007 S2000 (New Formula Red)
2007 Civic SI (Nighthawk Black Pearl) TBONED BY 1960 LINCOLN RIP
1970 Olds 442 W30 (Nugget Gold )

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Topic starter Posted : August 28, 2021 7:49 pm
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