1953-1960 Classic Car Engines Troubleshooting Guide: Engine Is Hard Starting After Long Storage
Things to Look For:
- The more volatile components in the fuel have evaporated and those remaining are not sufficiently volatile to provide a combustible mixture.
- Low or run-down battery.
- Corrosion of engine parts may result in so much friction that starter cannot crank engine at proper speed, if at all.
- Pistons, etc. may be stuck fast by gummy oil.
- Engine valves may stick open due to gummy deposits.
- There is the possibility that any small part essential to the running of the engine may be stuck due to gummy film or to corrosion.
- Some of these troubles are most likely to occur in hot, humid climate and near salt water.
The Complete Guide to Troubleshooting 1953-1960 Era American Classic Car Engines