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Recommissioned engine - what does it exactly mean?

I am considering buying a classic Alfa Romeo Spider, which has been standing for several years. The seller claims the engine has been "recommissioned". Please can you tell me what the definition of "recommissioned" and how it differs from a full service?

Asked on 6 September 2014 by TD oxford

Answered by Honest John
It could mean anything from simply starting it up to replacing all fluids, spark plugs and filters, flushing out old coolant, replacing all belts (it's a chain cam engine), cleaning the carburettors, servicing the carburettors, replacing the points and leads.

Remember to look in the boot, lift the carpet and check the joint between the sandwich fuel tank. They have usually rusted here and the whole tank needs replacing. Any smell of petrol, replace the tank.
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