Hello Scotty, I have a question about starting an old car that’s been sitting for years. I saw your video where you started a Corvette that had been sitting for 15 years. I have a 1965 Cutlass F85 (330 cu in V8, 4bbl, 4 speed transmission) that’s been sitting for years. The engine was rebuilt years ago and doesn’t have many miles on it, but as stated it hasn’t been started in a long time. I understand about replacing the fuel before trying to crank it. I’m curious about any junk in the fuel lines, will that cause issues? I’ve heard some say to disconnect the fuel line from the fuel pump and connect a temporary line from the pump to a fuel can to see if it will start. I’ve heard some mention about putting a little oil in each cylinder (in the spark plug hole) before cranking. Should the oil and coolant be changed before trying? Any tips/ideas you can share would be appreciated. I really want to get this car started but don’t want to ruin the engine doing so (this was my father’s car he purchased brand new in 1965). Thanks!!

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jmarcum
jmarcum

Thanks for the response and suggestions Techsus! Thanks for that forum site suggestion as well.

Techsus
Techsus

jmarcum, You're on right track. If you haven't already, join an online enthusiast forum for camaraderie & questions of fellow '65 Cutlass owners (link below). Disconnecting fuel supply & trying to start it from an external source of clean, new fuel (that hasn't turned to kerosene or picks up contaminants from rusted fuel tank or crudded-up fuel lines): excellent idea. Quick enough to flush out old gummy coolant before trying to crank it up. Replace w/ correct grade/color coolant mix. I'd change oil too (I'd be interested in what color/consistency it is). [You won't be able to warm up engine to remove "most" of the old oil-- just do your best.] If it were me, I'd watch the requisite 5,000 YouTube videos on "How to Start a Vehicle Sitting for Years." Once it starts a priority would be replacing old, brittle fuel lines, to name one project. Send us a photo of it when you're hauling down the highway: https://classicoldsmobile.com/forums/