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OK...it's not a mustang...but I'm assuming the process is pretty much the same.

A friend just gave me a '59 MGA. It appears to be in great condition and was driven regularly before it was parked in a garage about 7 years ago. The Battery was unhooked. That's all the prep that was done. The tires appear to still hold air. I am having it towed to my house on Saturday. Here is what I am planning on doing to get it going. Anyone have any other thoughts on what I should do/be prepared for?

-Change oil and oil filter
-Gas tank is dry, change gas filter and refill
-Take out plugs, inspect and clean or replace
-New battery
-Check and top off brake fluid
-after oil change, put in fourth gear and push the car around a bit
-It has manual steering
-If the brakes are frozen, drive a little bit and then hit the drum with a rubber mallet?
-spray some of that carb stuff to prime the carbs up.
-have a fire extinguisher handy /forums/images/icons/smile.gif

Any other thoughts?

Thanks,
Greg
 

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If I were you, I would try to turn the engine over by hand first. After you change the fluids.
 

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If I were you, I would try to turn the engine over by hand first. After you change the fluids.
 

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I agree. A little oil down each piston will give it a little pre lube.
 

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Where do you guys get these kind of friends?
Since it's British, strip out all the wiring and start over, might as well do it sooner rather than later. /forums/images/icons/wink.gif
 

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you might want to make sure some critters or mud dobbers havent took up residence in the exhaust pipes. just look in the ends and make sure they arent blocked.
 

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hows the 59 MGA doing
 
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