There it is! There you stand in somebody's backyard or garage, your eyes a little bit wide and your pulse taching up. It's a dirt-cheap, no-way-to-say-no deal on exactly the older precomputer 4x4 you've dreamed of fixing up.
You barely hear the seller saying, "Well, the engine hasn't been started in a little while, but it ran fine before I parked it." You know you have to own this truck and that's it. We've all been there (or certainly will be, sooner or later).?>
And pretty soon, it's time to try to wake up the sleeping engine. If the mill really has only been idle for a few months, the restart may not be a big deal. But let's take a look at a more extreme example that involves most of the problems you might encounter.
Our sleeping beauty was a '50s-vintage Dodge flathead six-cylinder engine in a pickup that the seller guessed had been parked for four or five years. Here's how we managed to revive the engine, using a low-buck, do-it-yourself approach.