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    Is there anything special I have to do for an engine that has been dry stored for a few years before starting it? I took the cam cover off last night to prep for painting and have cleaned up externally but do I need to get some oil over the cams etc whilst it's off?

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    I always liked the story of a Ferrari mechanic who started every engine build by spitting into it. This was to show he was the master, the motor would dance to his tune - not vice versa.

    Stuck rings are a strong possibility, I would be putting a good dose (tablespoon or more) of anything from ATF to Flashlube into each pot and leaving the spark plugs only in three threads or so (to keep junk out).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warus View Post
    Is there anything special I have to do for an engine that has been dry stored for a few years before starting it? I took the cam cover off last night to prep for painting and have cleaned up externally but do I need to get some oil over the cams etc whilst it's off?
    Putting oil on the cams won't do any harm (there may some oil there but this will help)
    If it's a timing belt type engine (i.e. not a chain engine), you should consider changing the belt (soon if not straight away), as the old belt will have sat in the same position for a long time.
    Wind the engine over "by hand" for perhaps a dozen times to let the oil pump send oil to all parts of the engine before you try and fire it up.
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    Yeah it's an Mi16. I was wondering about the belt as it looks and feels pretty good. Would I need to put a small amount of oil down the plug holes into the cylinder to help the pistons move up the cylinder whilst turning by hand? Engine is out on the floor atm so I can tilt it about and the intake and exhaust manifold is off.

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    if the belts an unknown change it while the engins out ,if the belt brakes the engins toast ,lot easier done out of the car ,tensioner and pump not a bad idea either ,whilst in the car turn it over ,on the key with the coil disconected to pump some oil through ,before you start ,when it douse start
    expect some smoke from the oil you put down the bores PUGS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Warus View Post
    Is there anything special I have to do for an engine that has been dry stored for a few years before starting it? I took the cam cover off last night to prep for painting and have cleaned up externally but do I need to get some oil over the cams etc whilst it's off?
    Sounds silly, but check every hole for wasp nests!!

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    They were all blocked up nicely whilst in storage

    btw where is the best place to source a belt from

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    Oh, it's a Mi16 engine.

    Don't worry, the belt will snap anyway.

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    PS Replace the timing belt before you do ANYTHING!
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    Ok will do thanks

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    New water pump, new cam belt, new mains seals and start it.

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