VotW – Starting An Engine After a Lengthy Period

Our Video of the Week this time comes from Moss Motors and their “magic hands”. Since winter is hopefully drawing to a close soon, we thought it would be a good idea to talk about starting up an engine that has been sitting for a while. Of course, the procedure will vary depending on where that time is just a few months or maybe a few years.  So, as always, your mileage may vary.


Michael Carnell
Editor at Just British
Michael Carnell is the editor and founder of the Just British Online Motoring Magazine. As a lifelong British car fan, he has owned or driven British cars of all ages from Austins and MGs to Jaguars and Triumphs. He currently owns a 1966 Vanden Plas Princess 1100, a 1977 MGB, a 1978 Triumph Spitfire, and a 2002 Land Rover Discovery.

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    I have 2 cars in storage. A 240Z from new, put upstairs in my barn in 1985. Reason, my son’s head hit the ceiling while sitting on the rear platform. Oil in the spark plug holes and turned over by hand every year, Nothing was wrong when parked. Would love to get it out before I am gone. Zs are hot.
    Bought a 2003 +8 Morgan in 2011 with 300 miles. Put my 1966 +4 away next to the +8 and have not driven it since. Owned it from 1983.Also oiled it each year. My wife wants it on the road. Speaking of wife. Bought her a 1936 Austin 7 Ruby in 1990. It is with the Z, but it gets run every few years for shows. Oh yes, next to the Z and Austin is the restored 1959 Volvo purchased for my son when was 13. He is now 42. Where does the time go?

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