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oldtimer230

Hello

After the car has been parked up for a long time tried to start it with good battery and wont start! just turns and turns and turns no chance of fire (full throttle and choke, though it was a good starter last time had it running)... Read more

Calum38

You can try putting a fuel additive in the tank to mix the fuel and help it ignite better. Also, check the spark plugs and ignition system for any problems. If it still doesn't start, it's best to get a mechanic to check it out.

Russeler

Any advice on this one please. Where and what to buy and how much to spend. I met someone a couple of years ago that had an an old 37 year old A reg citeron that was a runner and road legal. He said he paid 1300 quid for it, now I imagine the price has gone up since scrap has gone up in comparison. But can I get something like that for its money

Thanks... Read more

SLO76

It’s unlikely you’ll find something usable that’s already in classic status, but you can pick up something a bit retro from the 90’s that could offer something a bit different but possibly still reliable and with parts availability. A K11 Nissan Micra is a great starting point, these were great fun to drive, very reliable and cheap to buy and run. Avoid the fragile CVT autos and watch for rust. I loved these wee cars when I was a young salesman in the 90’s. The Mk IV Ford Fiesta with the 16v 1.25/1.4 petrol motor were great too, but few have survived due to rust. Well worth preserving either of them.

www.autotrader.co.uk/car-details/202402106441097

Kingjohn

Sitting around during the last winter my engine appears to have seized.

My Prestolite started doesn't engage very well but when it does it just stops.... Read more

edlithgow

Depends whats stopping it. Get an endoscope and have a look, but I suppose its most likely to be corrosion at the rings which you wont be able to see.

Taking a cautious worst case view of the situation, you want an initial treatment that doesn't preclude a later treatment if it doesn't work, so I'd start with brake fluid which is water miscible, filling the cylinders. Leave to soak for say 12 hours, then syringe off any surplus and try to-and-froing it manually. Dont use the starter...

colynn

Item I have just read about oil for older classic cars and why modern oil appears to be dangerous.

Situated on a site that you would not normally expect to find it on.

The author is writing about the good old US of A, but comments cover GB as well.

www.economist.com/blogs/babbage/2010/11/tribology Read more

edlithgow

Thanks for the VR-1 info, though I doubt I'll be affording another car in the UK.

My initial reaction to your last line was "But classics dont HAVE cats" but perhaps that is no longer true....

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