Need advise starting a mothballed car

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by jcfx » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:13 pm

john evans - I have no intentions of using the old fuel, hence my worry about disposing the 17 year old gas.
I don't think I could hot dip the tank even if there were any places near me that would offer such service.
The reason being is that the tank is a fiberglass wrapped aftermarket tank.

warmstrong - the Jeep has been stored in a un heated garage, it's more of a steel shed than a proper garage.

Good tip on the oil in the axel differentials.

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by jcfx » Wed Aug 08, 2018 3:19 pm

liveaboard - when I was poking around the engine compartment I did look into the air cleaner, just a little dust, but no
small mammals !

Tires are definitely something the next owner needs to address, they haven't completely deflated but are low on air where the tire is belled
at the contact point with the ground. It'll have to be flat bed towed or new tires will have to be installed, that's one thing I insist upon
the new owner.

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by DavidF » Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:57 am

What year is the jeep and what model?? Pictures??
Your better selling it off as a project jeep (ran when parked) then putting money and time into it to get it running.
Old cars are like black holes.......

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by jcfx » Sat Aug 11, 2018 3:56 pm

DavidF - It's a AMC CJ 5 1978 vintage, it is my intention to get rid of it as project vehicle, with very little money spent on it
aside from a battery, I seem to have a taker but he wants to drive it away which I recommend against because of various issues mentioned before.

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by liveaboard » Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:46 am

As long as he doesn't drive on the highway it should be ok; "should" is not a very safe word.
But once it's sold, not your job anymore.

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by DavidF » Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:47 am

the cj5 is very desirable to the jeep guys. You wont have any trouble finding a buyer in as is tow me home condition...

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by warmstrong1955 » Sun Aug 12, 2018 10:00 am

I sold my CJ5 about three years ago, to an old high school buddy of my son’s. I bought a Rubicon in ‘09. The CJ had been setting for about 5 years. We did start it to put it on the trailer, but that was it. He got it to his home, and did all the fluid changes etc. and has been driving it all over since.
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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by GlennW » Sun Aug 12, 2018 12:17 pm

Just a side note...

I have a friend that is still in rehab and was in intensive care for nearly sixty days with burns and skin grafts on over 25% of his upper body, arm, hand, neck, and face, after trying to start a vehicle by pouring gasoline in the carburetor.

Something we have probably all done at some time.
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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by liveaboard » Sun Aug 12, 2018 1:12 pm

I like cyclo carb cleaner. Works as starting fluid too.

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by jcfx » Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:33 pm

liveaboard wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 4:46 am
As long as he doesn't drive on the highway it should be ok; "should" is not a very safe word.
But once it's sold, not your job anymore.
That's the issue, he wants to drive it out of state, I said no way, it's gotta be towed.
Once it's sold, it's not my job anymore but I don't want it to be on my conscience.
DavidF wrote:
Sun Aug 12, 2018 9:47 am
the cj5 is very desirable to the jeep guys. You wont have any trouble finding a buyer in as is tow me home condition...
Yep, they are, way back when bought it I would have preferred a CJ7, but all I was able to find back then was a CJ 5
they're a lot of fun to drive but a harsh ride, and a little twitchy on the road, I nick named mine the "spleen buster".

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by DavidF » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:12 am

spleen buster LOL, I called mine the Booby bouncer.... Not mine, the passengers....:)

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Re: Need advise starting a mothballed car

Post by warmstrong1955 » Tue Aug 14, 2018 10:03 am

jcfx wrote:
Mon Aug 13, 2018 11:33 pm

Yep, they are, way back when bought it I would have preferred a CJ7, but all I was able to find back then was a CJ 5
they're a lot of fun to drive but a harsh ride, and a little twitchy on the road, I nick named mine the "spleen buster".
Harsh ride is an understatement. Spleen buster is closer to the truth! Brutal was the word I used!
My Rubicon's ride has nothing in common with my old CJ5. And a bonus....it has a heater that actually keeps you warm, and an air conditioner!

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