Wilsons project

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  1. kennyw

    kennyw N9PHW Premium Member

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    Do you have a Harbor Freight nearby? They sell some very reasonably priced jack stands that would be much safer than cinder blocks. Cinder blocks can crumble quickly under the weight of a vehicle and kill you.
     
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    You can do this if you are willing to learn as you go.

    To get this thing running again:
    • Pull the spark plugs and spray some oil in the top of the cylinders before you try to turn it over with the starter. Marvel mystery oil is good for that.
    • Check the fluid levels are all topped off
    • Then when you get a starter in it, turn it over without spark plugs until you see oil pressure. This will help clear the oil out you put in and get the motor ready for firing.
    • Reinstall spark plugs and try to start it
     
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    I have some jack stands. The problem is that I’m afraid that the jacks will just sink into the ground. I’m going to have to find some plywood or something to put that jacks on to keep them from sinking but I was going to use cinderblocks because they were convenient and I had never heard of them being dangerous to set a car on but I think I’ll try to avoid them now.
     
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    A chunk of plywood under the jack and jack stands will work good. 1/2" thick or thicker wood be best.
     
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    If you put anything under the jack stand it will not sink.
    Another way to use the cinder blocks is to have a piece of wood on top to protect it from sharp objects that could break it.
     
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    I'd trust big logs a foot or more in diameter cut to the length required a lot more than cinder blocks..
    I witnessed a dead man being extracted from under a car he had up on cinder blocks at a body shop's parking lot years ago...an employee said "we did it all the time!--but the blocks just shattered without a warning"...poor guy was crushed flat,I'll never forget the blood ,looked like gallons of it..:eek:
     
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    Blazers been sitting for 10 years? That gas tank!

    Oh yeah, and a '73 with a manual and a 205. Shoo-hoo-hoot, she's a keeper.
     
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    Oh yea, drain that tank and put on fresh gas before trying to start it...

    Got chance you will need a new fuel pump and carb rebuild too.
     
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    Do you think the tank will need replacing?my dad told me it probably would. I’m planning on rebuilding the carb and I’ll go ahead and order a fuel pump.
     
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    Well this evening I looked at the vin number and according to what it says online it’s a 74 not a 73. I’ve always based what year it is based on the tail light number but I guess that was wrong. It shouldn’t make much of a difference though should it.
     
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    Welcome to your project. I didn't think I'd do as much work on mine as I have. As others mentioned patience is the key. Sound like you have some serious brake and suspension issues. I would get it to where she's safe to drive first.Brake, suspension, lighting, that kind of stuff. Then do all the "differed maintenance" on engine/ powertrain. Then mods. PLEASE Do not use cinder blocks or logs. invest in a set of jack stands and a floor jack, they are not that expensive and your life depends on them. And get ready to spend $$. As we say, all it takes is cubic dollars. And I worked on pretty much everything on mine, so feel free to ask.
     
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    Agreed. I have 4 of their 6 ton stands and they are solid. They're only about $45 a pair and go on sale all the time and they always have 20% coupons. Well worth the money.
     
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    No idea until you look inside or find a leak. A new tank, sending unit, and straps would be about $100 from www.rockauto.com
     
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    I agree that needs to be done before driving on the road, but knowing if the engine and transmission work and being able to drive it around on his property are going to be useful to do that work.
     
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    Welcome!
     
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    When you get ready to try and start it, I wouldn't recommend trying to run what's in that tank. I use one of the portable boat fuel tanks or just run a line from the pump into a 5 gallon can of gas. Not ideal, but will work as a temporary fuel source and keep from sucking the bad fuel up into the carb. Carb will likely need cleaned out as well.
     

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