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Old 10-15-2010, 12:46 PM
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Starting a stroke that has been sitting

I am about to pick up a 95 250 7.3 that has been sitting for almost two years in a high humidity environment. Same latitude as Miami but south of San Diego and 100 ft from the water. The truck used to belong to my grandfather, so I know it was well maintained. The batteries were disconnected and bags placed over the intake and exhaust. I am hoping to drive it into my trailer, aside from checking fluid levels is there anything that needs to be done before attempting to start a vehicle that has been sitting for two years? Planning on changing all fluids before putting any real mileage on it.
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Old 10-15-2010, 01:55 PM
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I'd turn the crank pully with a wrench by hand to make a couples of turns. To see if everything is turning.
I'd also remove the fuel filter, drain the bowl and fill with fresh diesel and a fresh filter.

Besides pumping the brakes, putting air back in the tires, also putting an atitive of some sort in the tanks. I think you should be fine.
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Old 10-15-2010, 02:09 PM
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yeah just dont sit there and crank it, do short bursts cause you are bound to burn up something that hasnt been used in that long. keep in mind all the hpop and fuel o rings probably arent happy
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