Engines&Clutches

Discussion in 'General Amphicar Discussion' started by Michael Echemann, Aug 26, 2000.

  1. Michael Echemann
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Can anyone share what they've done to prep an engine for starting after it's sat for many years. They are pretty durable little motors but some say drop kerosene and trans fluid in the plug holes etc. Any tips I can draw on here. The engine has been sitting idle for about 20 plus years. It is free and I'm assuming(hoping it's fine). Oil, filters, fuel changes are a given.</font>

    <font face="Arial" size="2">I also found the car rolls freely when the trans is in neutral but once in gear and the clutch pedal to the floor it won't. The clutch pedal feels fine like it's pressing on the plate. I'm guessing the clutch and pressure plate are stuck in the drive position and they need freed up. Does anyone have any other thoughts and is it likely the clutch will free itself.</font>

    <font face="Arial" size="2">Thanks</font>
     
  2. aheath@us.ibm.com
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    I used kerosene in both the top and bottom end, turned over by hand a bit,
    let sit, turned over some more by hand, finally drained it out after a few
    minutes of idling. Seemed to work ok for me.

    As for the clutch. My cable was shot ... had about 2 thin strands holding
    it together.

    Al
     
  3. robnhen
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">When I have had a similar problem with herald engines I have just put fresh oil, water & fuel. Providing the engine is 'free' just put a new battery on and just start winding, the herald engines are so simple they will fire up eventually. You may have to play with the carb or the fuel pump but they will fire...</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">Rob.</font>
    <font face="Arial" size="2">6 triumph heralds.</font>
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    <font face="Arial" size="2">Can anyone share what they've done to prep an engine for starting after it's sat for many years. They are pretty durable little motors but some say drop kerosene and trans fluid in the plug holes etc. Any tips I can draw on here. The engine has been sitting idle for about 20 plus years. It is free and I'm assuming(hoping it's fine). Oil, filters, fuel changes are a given.</font>

    <font face="Arial" size="2">I also found the car rolls freely when the trans is in neutral but once in gear and the clutch pedal to the floor it won't. The clutch pedal feels fine like it's pressing on the plate. I'm guessing the clutch and pressure plate are stuck in the drive position and they need freed up. Does anyone have any other thoughts and is it likely the clutch will free itself.</font>

    <font face="Arial" size="2">Thanks</font>
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  4. Bill Connelly
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    Mine sat for 14 years, and although I'd already changed the oil, pulled the
    plugs and shot a few desultory squirts of Liquid Wrench into the cylinder
    bores, frankly I was just messing around cleaning the shed rodent fur off of
    the starter solenoid's rubber button booty (say THAT three times quick),
    when the thing suddenly sprang to life by itself...It was like I'd just
    parked it for a quick dash into the 7-11 for some of that teriyaki jerky the
    way it kicked in. Since the whole bottom half of the muffler was missing,
    it also made quite a roar...I can assure you I needed a fresh pair of BVDs
    that afternoon.

    I suppose that all of this just goes to bear out the point of an earlier
    posting...that the Herald's seem to be awfully robust primitive little
    powerplants. A squoodge of oil or whatnot down the bores, drain and refill
    what can be drained and refilled, and just fire her up. Run it a bit (maybe
    a few hours) just to kick the cobwebs around and then drain and refill
    again, and all will likely be well thereafter. Examine those first two oil
    drainings carefully for clues in the clumps. As far as the engine oil goes,
    I would recommend using whatever conventional oil and filter happens to be
    on sale for this first "re-breaking in" period, because you'll likely WANT
    that lower viscosity and its extra little rub-a-dub-dub knocking about those
    rickety moving bits. After 500 miles or so, THEN go to the AMSOIL 10W30 and
    filter. As for the trannies, I'd suggest an immediate whole-hog
    pain-in-the-ass need-a-wrist-like-a-squirrel-monkey pull-the-drain-plugs
    draining (as opposed to trying to pump it out, which never gets it ALL out)
    and a refill with the AMSOIL GL-4, if only for its better anti-oxidant
    properties compared with other gear goops.

    Good Luck!
    ~Bilgemaster~


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Michael Echemann
    To: amphicar lovers
    Sent: Saturday, August 26, 2000 11:38 PM
    Subject: [amphicar-lovers] Engines&Clutches


    Can anyone share what they've done to prep an engine for starting after it's
    sat for many years. They are pretty durable little motors but some say drop
    kerosene and trans fluid in the plug holes etc. Any tips I can draw on
    here. The engine has been sitting idle for about 20 plus years. It is free
    and I'm assuming(hoping it's fine). Oil, filters, fuel changes are a given.

    I also found the car rolls freely when the trans is in neutral but once in
    gear and the clutch pedal to the floor it won't. The clutch pedal feels
    fine like it's pressing on the plate. I'm guessing the clutch and pressure
    plate are stuck in the drive position and they need freed up. Does anyone
    have any other thoughts and is it likely the clutch will free itself.

    Thanks

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