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Blazer that's been sitting for a long time....

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ChevyCaGal, Jul 9, 2001.

  1. ChevyCaGal

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    Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    I met this girl today when I was out at the mall... she was in this store and made the comment she had a Blazer and we struck up a conversation.... anyhow, she doesn't have the internet. She gave me her phone number and I said I would post this and call her with what you all say... she has a 85 Blazer. It's basically stock.... anyhow, it's been sitting out front of her parents place for over a year dead and undriven. It was her dads and her gave it to her but she was away at school. She's back and wants to get it going.... what all does she need to do...? I mean things to look at specially. I told her to change the fluids and put new spark plugs in it and have it tuned up... she said she would but it has to be smogged next month (which sucks! I have too this week!). So will the fact it's been sitting for that long affect it? I told her I didn't know.... but anyhow, if you guys/gals have any advice it would be appreciated! If she can get off work she might come to Hollister for the day with her sister and boyfriend to check things out! [​IMG]

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  2. tRustyK5

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    I'd prolly remove the plugs and squirt some oil down each cylinder and turn it over by hand to make sure the cylinder walls are lubed up a bit. After sitting for so long they're bound to be dry.

    Tune up like you mentioned, plugs, cap rotor, filters, oil change, maybe even some new wires. Fuel filter would be a plan.

    After that there will still be some things that will turn up...the exhaust may be rotted if it wasn't warmed up completely before being shut down the last time. The gas may be no good.

    Wish her luck!

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  3. Gold Rush

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Well I'd say take out the distributor and spin the oil pump so the whole engine gets oiled but if she's already turned the motor trying to start it then it won't do any good. As Trusty said plus be ready for a gummed up carb.


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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Sitting isn't good. Fuel goes stale, Seals dry out. Before she gets it smogged she needs to run out that stale fuel and get a tank of super run through it. As for why it's dead....hard to say. Probably gummed up carb.

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  5. rocko

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Yeah.. i second the fuel..
    The truck I just bought.. sat for (correction) Two years !!!!
    Gas was so stale... truck would hardly run.. blew the gasket's out of my carb.. (all dried out[​IMG]).
    So.. Put on a new carb, filled the tank with some Super unleaded.. and got some "gumout" .. The truck's 454 is running like a champ now.. [​IMG]
    Also.. if the truck was sitting in a front yard ... like on grass.. you can bet that all the moisture underneath may have done some damage.. Check all the fuel lines, brake lines, and I bet the rotor's are going to be all rusty...
    Wish her luck.. and assure her.. it will all be worth it..


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  6. CaptCrunch

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Well looks like the others have nailed it on the head. I personally would do the tune up, pull the distributor and prime it like was said and get a pump and suck all the old fuel out... especially if the fuel tank wasn't full. Air and fuel usually don't sit well for long periods of time... For cleaing out the carb and stuff I recomend Sea-foam.... you can pour some right in the top of the carb while the truck is running to clean it out as well as pour some in the gas tank, but I would definetly get all the mixed fuel out before the sniffer. When you go to the sniffer pour in some iso-propyl or alcohol addative... I have had excellent luck sneaking stuff through this way.

    Now when the heck am I gonna hook up w/ some Blazer guys and gals? I saw a sweet 70's orange Blazer w/ the top off yesterday... complete w/ roll bar... too bad it was going the other way [​IMG]

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Couple cans of Ether (starting fluid) never hurts.

    Mikey, Im with you on the hooking up. K5's, that understand the K5's thing are hard to come by around here.

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Ether is the last thing I'd use on a motor thats been sitting...or damn near any motor for that matter. Its too easy to use too much and just cause more headaches.

    Unless you meant for re-seating the tires...but thats just dangerous[​IMG]

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  9. Cmoe

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Others have mentioned the engine and I'll touch the brake. Rebuid the brake cylinders (or Replace) Same with master cylinder. As others have stated..... seals dry up and you want great brakes......

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    i think you pretty much covered it id also do what trustyk5 sead and squirt some fliud down the sparkplug holes mine sat for a year i did the same things it running fine except its a 73 good luck
     
  11. Jason73K5

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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Yeah, ether is not a good thing for a motor. In the army i've seen plenty of engines that met an early death behause of that stuff.
     
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    Re: Blazer that\'s been sitting for a long time....

    Change the battery - don't charge it, don't jump it, get a new one. I've seen batteries that have sat for a while explode at the first hint of charging. Not a pretty picture either.

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