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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE Swiley383's Avatar
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    Using a motor that has been sitting 8 years

    Since I blew my 383 sbc i am thinking about putting my old motor back in it been sitting for over 8 years. Do you thing this motor would be ok? The oil psi was good when I pulled it but it has not been turned in several years. If it's not stuck should I do anything other than the basic tune up and prime the oil pump? The motor is a mild 454 I will probably change the valve spring as well.

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE TheYellaBrick's Avatar
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    What environment has it been in all this time ? Pull the plugs and see if there is any corrosion build up from moisture inside the heads/block. If so, count on the cyls being crusty ! Beg,borrow, or steal a bore scope and take a looksee into each hole. Drain the oil and see if and condensation comes out.
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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE Swiley383's Avatar
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    I did not think about the bore scope I will try to locate one.
    Thanks

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    Senior Member RACING JUNKIE TheRabbit's Avatar
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    Friend of mine bought a Ford Super Cobra Jet motor that had been sitting outside for about 20 years. Somebody stole the carb off it a long time ago and a tarp was put over the motor.
    It fired up and ran fine.
    No way is my luck that good, but you may be ok.

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    The motor I have in my mud dragster sat 15 years, and run good when put back in. If
    it was mine I would probly change valve springs from sitting.
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