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If you plan to actually drive the rig after the engine start-up (sans the emergency system), don't forget to check all fluids (including tranny, transfer case, and differentials) and make sure you've got brakes and steering. Don't laugh; we've seen some pretty old hands get excited and space out. Also remember that the engine has to turn clutch parts or a torque converter. Make sure nothing is hung up, missing, or binding between the engine and the tranny-broken or frozen linkages, dirt, forgotten tools, animal nests, and so on-that could create havoc at fire-up.

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