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Stopping by to introduce myself at the start of a project several years in the making... I've already found a ton of useful information on this site, and figured it was time to join up - if for nothing other than a "thanks" to all the wonderful contributors who have helped so far...and are sure to help some more!

The car is a sentimental one for my wife. It is a 351C 4V, 4 speed manual stored back in the 80's - only occasionally started over the following ~25+ years. Selling was never an option following the passing of the original owner - but we were living out of state and unable to do anything but temporarily move it and store it some more. Fast forward - and here we are several years later. We finally found ourselves in a situation to take it from temporary storage and bring it "home".

It is not currently starting - but it is believed to be in sound 'running' mechanical condition. Of course, after sitting for 30+ years, there is a lot to be done before venturing back onto the open roads. Hopefully we get to that point soon. I would love to get it road worthy soon and in time for some of the other family members to see it on the road once again!

Photo several years ago... ~25+  years of storage before getting new tires for the move:



After relocation and a bath at temporary "new storage":



After relocation "home" - 4 years of accumulated dirt once again :(



You can see some overspray here... I'm told it had some "make do" body work / rust repair and haphazardly repainted at some point in the late 70s or early 80s. It was once a daily driver in the Northeast, after all!

First priority - finish replacing the battery storage tray (thankfully, the apron isn't perfect, but its going to be fine for now!)... Then a fresh battery, replace points, plugs, wires, dizzy cap, and hopefully hear some signs of life.  Planning to rebuild the original carb for now...and planning to rebuild suspension and brakes. I'm also assuming it would be wise to go through all of the coolant system and fuel system before trying to put it on the road... And the same for replacing other fluids (rear? transmission?)?

Seeking any advice from someone who has put one back on the road what might sneak by that deserves attention!

We don't want a show piece - just to enjoy the car as it was once enjoyed before. Maybe one day, a full restoration will be in order - but we're hopeful that it will give a few years of smiles to those who remember it first.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Thank you. Sure is a nice starting point - lucky that its pretty much "all there"!

 
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Welcome from Oregon. Looks like a decent car to start with.

Old gasoline is the number one concern and problem on a start up after years of sitting. As old gas sits and dries it forms varnish in everything, gas tank, gas lines, fuel pump, and carburetor. You do not want this gunk to get into your engine. Every part of the fuel system will need cleaned, rebuilt or replaced.

Change all of the fluids, oil, coolant, transmission and differential lubricants.

Good luck and have fun with getting it running and driving it.

 
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Welcome from Oregon. Looks like a decent car to start with.

Old gasoline is the number one concern and problem on a start up after years of sitting. As old gas sits and dries it forms varnish in everything, gas tank, gas lines, fuel pump, and carburetor. You do not want this gunk to get into your engine. Every part of the fuel system will need cleaned, rebuilt or replaced.

Change all of the fluids, oil, coolant, transmission and differential lubricants.

Good luck and have fun with getting it running and driving it.
When I got my car back in 2012 from overseas (after sitting since 1997) I pulled off the rubber hose by the gas tank and gas came running out, no varnish whatsoever.

I for sure thought everything would be gummed up but got the car started after a couple of hours!

 

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Welcome from Oregon. Looks like a decent car to start with.

Old gasoline is the number one concern and problem on a start up after years of sitting. As old gas sits and dries it forms varnish in everything, gas tank, gas lines, fuel pump, and carburetor. You do not want this gunk to get into your engine. Every part of the fuel system will need cleaned, rebuilt or replaced.

Change all of the fluids, oil, coolant, transmission and differential lubricants.

Good luck and have fun with getting it running and driving it.
Thank you for the pointers!

Unfortunately life has been in the way of progress - hoping for a mild winter to keep at it.

 
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1972 Mexican GT-351
Welcome from St. Louis! I concur with others that is an excellent starting point. The sentimental value makes it priceless. Good luck and I look forward to reading your progress.

 

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