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1953-1960 Classic Car Engines Troubleshooting Guide: Engine Is Hard Starting After Long Storage

Things to Look For:

  1. The more volatile components in the fuel have evaporated and those remaining are not sufficiently volatile to provide a combustible mixture.
  2. Low or run-down battery.
  3. Corrosion of engine parts may result in so much friction that starter cannot crank engine at proper speed, if at all.
  4. Pistons, etc. may be stuck fast by gummy oil.
  5. Engine valves may stick open due to gummy deposits.
  6. 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.
  7. 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

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