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Restarting Engine after 7 Years

 
turbojimmy
I love my Chevy Chevette!
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Posted: 03/19/14 06:42 AM

What would you do to it before installing it and firing it up?

The engine in question is a '90 454 crate engine. It has 25k miles on it. Edelbrock intake, unknown carb, HEI ignition. No smog crap on it at all. It turns over by hand (with no plugs in it) easily. It's been sitting for about 7 years. I bought it for use in my '84 RV. I've been told that at a minimum I should replace the valve guide seals as they'd be dried out?

What else? Obviously external stuff like cap and wires. But how about other seals? Front main? Rear main? Stuff that would be harder to do with the engine installed.

Thanks,
Jim  

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turbojimmy
I love my Chevy Chevette!
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Posted: 03/19/14 06:45 AM

I should also mention that this is a budget project. I got the motorhome for $200 with a blown engine. Despite the price, everything works great and overall the rig was well maintained. Even so, total value of one in good working order is only in the $4k range. It doesn't make sense to spend a lot of money on the engine (or anything else for that matter). The objective is to get it running as inexpensively as possible but with a reasonable degree of reliability.  

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