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Old 03-03-2011, 05:38 PM   #1
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Initial Start Up...71' Blazer...Sitting 3 Years

I will bring my new 71' Blazer home on Saturday. It has set up in a garage for 3 years. This is how I plan to start it for the first time. Any advise is welcome.

1. Drain fuel tank, and add fresh gas.
2. replace all fluids.
3. Pull plugs and add ATF to cylinders.
4. Disconnect fuel line at carb.
5. Crank until fresh fuel is seen without spark plugs installed.
6. Replace plugs and crank it up.
7. If float is stuck, tap on carb to release.

Am I miising anything?

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I will bring my new 71' Blazer home on Saturday. It has set up in a garage for 3 years. This is how I plan to start it for the first time. Any advise is welcome.

1. Drain fuel tank, and add fresh gas.
2. replace all fluids.
3. Pull plugs and add ATF to cylinders.
4. Disconnect fuel line at carb.
5. Crank until fresh fuel is seen without spark plugs installed.
6. Replace plugs and crank it up.
7. If float is stuck, tap on carb to release.

Am I miising anything?

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I would pull the distributor and use a drill to spin the oil pump to get everything lubed
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Some stuff i would do,just for a piece of mind.

Check/replace lower radiator hose. These are nearly always spongey and looking for a chance to pop in older rigs.
Check Upper hose. Dosnt seem to get as bad,as fast.
Belts. There are maby 3 on that rig? Replace them while you are under the hood. Youll feel better driving with new belts.
Radiator Cap....rubbers get brittle=no seal
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I would suggest straight water in the radiator incase you have leaks. Once everything checks out, drain and replace with antifreeze.
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How about we leave it in my garage and you swing by and help me wrench. I got the ! and your close by.
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3. Pull plugs and add ATF to cylinders.

Use 2 cycle oil instead. ATF is not designed to burn.
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Maybe add straight water like he said and add some radiator cleaner to get rid of all the deposits that water will build up. A good radiator flush never hurts.
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It is now in MINE!

Just got home. The rig was purchased about 40 milers from my home in 71'. One family owned it since new. All records, manuals, and even the protecto plate.

Thanks for the help, I will ask for more and update my progress.

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Did all the above today. He said he has had starter problem. I replaced starter and cranked without plugs to make sure everything was free. Motor turned over OK but had a starter whine. Like not meshing with flywheel right, but still turned motor OK. Manually turned flywheel, teeth are OK. Installed plugs and tried to crank. Not hitting at all, just grinding. Not sure if he had the right starter in the first place, or maybe a shim issue? He had stripped one bolt for the starter and installed a stud w/nut for one starter bolt. I will take it out tomorrow, remove bell housing cover, reinstall and check what is up. Any suggestions?

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Starter/Flywheel Pictures

I don't think the nose on the starter is long enough to allow the bendix to connect with the flywheel. What do you think?

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I don't think the nose on the starter is long enough to allow the bendix to connect with the flywheel. What do you think?

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Just had my son hit the key while I watched the starter. Starter gear appears to barley hit the flywheel. Almost like the gear is to small.

Sorry ya'll, I must sound like a dumbass. I know enough to get myself in trouble sometimes. And advise and help is always welcome.

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Do you have the right starter? Are you getting proper voltage to the starter to make it engage 100%?
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Do you have the right starter? Are you getting proper voltage to the starter to make it engage 100%?
Starter is engaging all right. I am not sure about the right starter. The parts house looked it up by application and the one they wanted to sell me would not have bolted up. Totally different mounting, it mounted vertical, not horizontal. Even the aluminum option was different than the starter I took in. One of the bolt mounts was to thick.........
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Battery's good? When you say you replaced the starter...did you put a new one in?
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Battery's good? When you say you replaced the starter...did you put a new one in?
Delco Reman starter. New Interstate battery.
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I would run the numbers on the back of the motor to find out what year it really is if the starter they looked up was the wrong one. Did this truck sit after motor work or swap? Did they install the fly wheel backwards?
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What's the tooth count on the flex plate? 153 or 168?
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