Hello and good day to ya'll!
Best proceedure to "FIRST START" a long sitting 94-7.3 IDI-N/A?
I'm starting this thread so myself and others can have a thread dedicated to "cold starts/first starts" of vehicles with engines that have been sitting for longer periods of time, and, how a person that is NOT a mechanic, but, who is mechanically inclined, should proceed with the STEP -BY -STEP process of safely re-starting a FORD 7.3L IDI Naturally Aspirated - DIESEL engine in this, following type of scenario.
Lets say a person finds a good deal on a 1994 One Ton (E350) CARGO VAN that had a leaking radiator. The van is all original and the odometer read 320,000. And, lets add, that, due to finances, the owner parked the van while it still ran very well, intending to save the money up to purchase the expensive OEM radiator (average price for OEM brass and copper radiator for this application is $400-500).
Then, life happened. A relationship with a woman ended, and that caused a separation of assets and property, and turned life "UPSIDE DOWN" so the owner of the van had to park the vehicle for several years, essentailly storing it under a carport till life and finances allowed him to revisit repairing the van.
So, in a nutshell, if YOU had such a vehicle or purchased on in this condition...... how would you proceed in the start up process?
1. The engine has coolant in it.
2. The oil doesnt seem to have any water or coolant in it.
3. A NEW radiator and hoses has been bought.
4. Has good, newer glow plugs and glow plug relay.
5. Has newer dual batteries.
Would YOU put a new water pump in while the radiator is out?
- Would you put anything, i.e. LUBRICANT of ANY KIND into the cylinder walls before the pistons start to move again for the FIRST time in a long time.
- Would you change the Transmission fluid and filter as a preventitive measure after start up?
- Would you drain and replace the gear oil in the rear end as a preventitive measure?
- What other preventative first start up measures would you suggest or take to prevent any addition more costly mechanical problems later?
If this were YOU, how would YOU proceed?
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