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nothing quite like that feeling you get the day when you start the old
Edsel for the first time for the year.
The slow cranking, the firsts few coughs and sputters, it sort of
brings an overwhelming feeling of anticipation, and that's just getting
out of bed in the morning. Then after breakfast it's off to the garage
for the real work. Starting a long stationary car is very similar to
firing up a rebuilt engine for the first time. Most of the parts in the
upper environs of that motor have long since given up to the pan any
substantial oil protection. Before
we get real serious about starting we have to do what we can about
replacing some of that missing lubricant.
we start with a fully charged battery, you know, the one we removed to a
warm dry place in the fall and topped off the water and put a slow strong
charge in the last couple of days, yeah, that's the one.
Clean off the top of the battery with some baking soda dissolved in
water and hose off completely when done.
Sand or wire-brush the terminals on both the battery and the
terminal ends. There should be no corrosion down in the batt. tray either.
Use some of the previously mentioned soda water to clean and then
rinse out the tray. After connecting the cable ends and the hold-downs
securely give the terminals a light coat of light grease or commercial
I always like to push my car out if I can (this requires some assistance)
because things can get pretty smoky and there's no sense in breathing in
all that junk if it's not necessary. You can see where the car was
parked and check to see if it left any presents for you.
Check the antifreeze, trans., p/s and engine. Next disconnect one of the primary ignition wires.
Those are the small wires that lead to and from the coil.
On my 58 it's real easy to just pull one of the wires off of the
ignition resistor on the firewall. If
you pull off the coil wire and crank for a while you'll find out why
they call it a firewall. All the while you're rolling that engine over
the gas and fumes are coming up from the
tank and that little snap/ snap / snap you here is that pyromaniac
of a coil just waiting to start something on fire. Roll the engine over in
ten second intervals about thirty seconds apart.
This prevents any damage to the starter and we all know how much
fun changing starters can be. Don't
touch the gas during this stage, once the fuel pump starts to pull it should
refill the carburetor bowl on it's own.
After about five or six cycles we're ready to proceed.
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