[E-Type] Bringing a stored engine back to life

I am seriously considering the purchase of a 71 2+2 with a V12; the
ownder indicates the engine was fully overhauled 10 years ago and
has less than 5K miles since the overhaul. He has the receipts and
it looks like a complete engine renewal was completed. Here’s the
rub; the car has been sitting in an enclosed garage for about 5
years since it was ran. Is there a reliable process to bring this
back to life; short of dismantling the engine?

I have rebuilt engines before (Japanese and American) and realize
that it’s far worse for an engine to sit than to run every now and
then. Wanted to get a sense if its possible to fairly simply bring
this back to running condition or if there are any special
considerations with the Jag V-12.

I have to decide in the next day or so whether to take the
plunge …–
velocitysf
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In reply to a message from velocitysf sent Tue 31 Oct 2006:

I brought a V12 to life after 16 years sitting and it worked out ok
but it took al lot of work and $ before the first attempt at a
start. Cooling system, fuel system, ignition system, pre-oiling
etc. If you take the plunge make sure you see the rebuild receipts
and get prepared for a long process before starting. Bil–
The original message included these comments:

I am seriously considering the purchase of a 71 2+2 with a V12; the
ownder indicates the engine was fully overhauled 10 years ago and
has less than 5K miles since the overhaul. He has the receipts and
it looks like a complete engine renewal was completed. Here’s the
rub; the car has been sitting in an enclosed garage for about 5
years since it was ran. Is there a reliable process to bring this
back to life; short of dismantling the engine?
I have rebuilt engines before (Japanese and American) and realize
that it’s far worse for an engine to sit than to run every now and
then. Wanted to get a sense if its possible to fairly simply bring
this back to running condition or if there are any special


E-type’s, XK’s Resurrected on Retired Time
Phoenix AZ, United States
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In reply to a message from velocitysf sent Tue 31 Oct 2006:

You’ll get a wide variety of opinion here, but 5 years is not the
worst I’ve heard of. I’d start by pulling the plugs. Fog the
cylinders with some kind of light oil. Then disconnect the coil
wire, and crank it until you have oil pressure.

The tough part is the fuel lines and carbs. Best plan I’m sure is
to drain the tank and put in fresh gas. At the very least, add
some fresh gas. Then disconnect a fuel line as close to the carbs
as possible, and run the pump until fresh(er) gas from the tank
appears. If it doesn’t seem too raunchy, reconnect the fuel line,
turn the pump on and let the float bowls fill before trying to
start it. If it doesn’t start, check the spark. Next (if needed),
open up the float bowls, suck out the gunk, and fill them with
fresh gas. You are hoping that the tinier passageways haven’t
gotten plugged.

With luck, you might not have to go deeper than this -----
Bob Frisby
Boise ID, United States
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Hi,

I know this is going to sound odd but I know a person who uses a separate
pump to fill the carbs with a mixture of 2 stroke oil and lacquer thinner. I
am not sure of the ratio but I would think it would be very heavy on the
thinner. It will run on this mix and the thinner cleans out the passages in
the carbs. He did this on the engine that I have in my car to verify that it
ran after many years in storage. Do all of the other things first to loosen
everything up and be sure you have oil pressure. This way smokes a little
but it let me drive my car for 2 years before I got around to the carbs.

I don’t think a 5 year sit will mean a rebuild if it sat in a good
environment.

Rick Lees
71 SIII 2+2
Somers, CT-----Original Message-----
From: owner-e-type@jag-lovers.org [mailto:owner-e-type@jag-lovers.org] On
Behalf Of Bob Frisby
Sent: Wednesday, November 01, 2006 1:34 PM
To: e-type@jag-lovers.org
Subject: Re: [E-Type] Bringing a stored engine back to life

In reply to a message from velocitysf sent Tue 31 Oct 2006:

You’ll get a wide variety of opinion here, but 5 years is not the
worst I’ve heard of. I’d start by pulling the plugs. Fog the
cylinders with some kind of light oil. Then disconnect the coil
wire, and crank it until you have oil pressure.

The tough part is the fuel lines and carbs. Best plan I’m sure is
to drain the tank and put in fresh gas. At the very least, add
some fresh gas. Then disconnect a fuel line as close to the carbs
as possible, and run the pump until fresh(er) gas from the tank
appears. If it doesn’t seem too raunchy, reconnect the fuel line,
turn the pump on and let the float bowls fill before trying to
start it. If it doesn’t start, check the spark. Next (if needed),
open up the float bowls, suck out the gunk, and fill them with
fresh gas. You are hoping that the tinier passageways haven’t
gotten plugged.

With luck, you might not have to go deeper than this —


Bob Frisby
Boise ID, United States
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In reply to a message from velocitysf sent Tue 31 Oct 2006:

Thanks for all the suggestions; I am bringing the car home (having
it brought home on a flatbed) tomorrow, so the adventure begins.
Thanks very for the suggestions…

ron–
The original message included these comments:

I am seriously considering the purchase of a 71 2+2 with a V12; the
ownder indicates the engine was fully overhauled 10 years ago and
has less than 5K miles since the overhaul. He has the receipts and
it looks like a complete engine renewal was completed. Here’s the
rub; the car has been sitting in an enclosed garage for about 5
years since it was ran. Is there a reliable process to bring this
back to life; short of dismantling the engine?


rkisling
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