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Fixing up an old Fairlane with unknown problems? Answered

I have an old Ford Fairlane that has been sitting in my back yard for 12+ years. I think it originally had corroborator problems (something about catching on fire?) but I think my brothers had mostly fixed that. I'm sure there are other problems with it and there is rust. Last time they tried to start it up it did go but I think there was something else wrong with it but none of us know what. I need to know what I can do on my own before I ask someone to help me with it so I can limit how much of their time I take. This is kind of urgent because they're just going to get rid of it if no one works on it and I have wanted this car for a while.

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Quadrifoglio
Quadrifoglio

3 years ago

Start by Googling starting a car that has been sitting for a decade, or similar words of your choosing.

https://www.google.com/search?q=starting+a+car+that+has+been+sitting+for+a+decade&oq=starting+a+car+that+has+been+sitting+for+a+decade&aqs=chrome..69i57.1369j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

The video How to start a car that has been sitting for years Episode 151 Autorestomod is reasonable covering frozen engine, lubrication, bad gas, etc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWQqRMfR-7s

Downunder35m does have a point. Restorations are expensive and the easy part is the mechanicals. Interiors, trim, paint, body work, etc. are usually the killers. Of course, Fairlanes existed for about 35 years longer in Australia than the US. A US Fairlane for $2,000.00 is a roller, not much better than what you have already.

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

3 years ago

After 12 years your best option is to get it to the wreckers.
All moving parts, all rubbers and bushes are toast, rust everywhere and aluminium parts will be badly oxidized.
I can buy an old Fairlane with a V8 engine here for under 2 grand in good condition, I doubt yours will need less money on replacement parts and it might still never run again.

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BenjyIsMe
BenjyIsMe

Answer 3 years ago

If I decided to attempt it what would I need to do?

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petercd
petercd

3 years ago

Basically you need 4 things to make a petrol engine run.

1 compression, tested with a compression tester in the spark plug hole with all plugs removed and throttle wide open. If you dont have such a tester, try closing the plug hole with your finger, good compression with blow your finger off the seal.

2 fuel

3 air

4 timing, correct timing for the particular motor ie 10 degrees BTDC