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#1476851 Tue Nov 29 2022 03:59 AM
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I have recently bought a 51 GMC 350-24 that has a 302 in it…
It has been parked for I’m assuming 50 years…
- still has oil in it.
- turns over easily (only moved a few degrees to avoid scratching cylinders but check for freedom of movement.

My plan is to:
-pull the valve cover and hit all the rockers with penetrating oil
- replace (if needed) condenser and set points
-new coil
-new plugs and wires
- some light oil in each cylinder
- change oil
-pour oil into oil filter canister
- remove water pump/fan/generator belt

Then I plan to Turn over by hand a few rotations, and if everything looks free give it some gas and see if it’ll run…

If she runs and sounds viable, I’ll rebuild the carb and see if it will run without being hand fed… and then throw the accessories back on and put coolant in once it’s closer to ready to try to move under its own power…

Any other suggestions?

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Regarding the light oil in each cylinder, I suggest using a little automatic transmission oil and let it soak at least one day before trying to fire it up.

Besides lubricating the cylinder walls, the ATF will seep into the rings and help loosen them.

Set up your camera to video the start up attempt! The first time firing in over 30 years only happens once!

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DO NOT put gas into the onboard fuel tank. Use a remote tank like one for an outboard boat motor, etc. Fresh gas will dissolve all sorts of crud left over from decades-old gasoline, which will end up in the valve guides. The next time you try to start the engine, you'll probably bend a bunch of pushrods and/or rocker arms, or even hit the stuck valves with the pistons. It's a chronic problem on Chevy engines, and probably the same thing will happen on a GMC.

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The one thing I always do is turning the oil pump with a drill till I got oil at the rockers.


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Originally Posted by Workinprogress
-pour oil into oil filter canister

Because this is a bypass filter you don't need to do this to get oil pressure to build quicker, but it will drop oil onto the distributor gear where it meshes with the camshaft.

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Make sure to oil the valve stems frequently just before startup!


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