What Steps Should I Take Before Starting An Old Car That Has Been Sitting For Anywhere From 512 Years

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I might be getting my hands on a 1966 Ford Galaxie 500 7 Liter (428 CID)

I think it has been sitting for around 5-12 years. I’m not exactly sure.

What I can tell you that is I’m pretty sure it has been parked over concrete and now gravel. So the morning dew on grass hasn’t had a big moisture effect on the under carriage. So that’s good.

Now It’s been confirmed with me already that the gas tank needs work, or needs to be replaced.

I’ll tell you what things I know are new:

Distributor cap
Spark Plug Wires
Tires (good condition, decent tread)

The body is really in very acceptable condition, its Dark Blue, a bit faded, but extremely minimal rust. There is one dent on the passenger side above the front wheel.

Now here is where I need help, what are other things that I should just straight up replace, and what are things that I should check?

Also, can anyone confirm if Ford Galaxie’s uni body frames rust out on the rear end? I heard this rumor and I wasn’t sure if its true.

Thanks for any input!

I’ll provide extra details when ever I can~
Also, where should I look for parts for this?

I haven’t ever gotten parts for anything older than an 87 Olds Delta 88

There are 3 Answers for "What Steps Should I Take Before Starting An Old Car That Has Been Sitting For Anywhere From 512 Years"

    1. Otis says:

      Ok…First the rust issue. Some of them did have problems. Check the frame rails out real well for corrosion. As far as the process of bringing it back to life, I recommend replacing all fluids, belts and hoses. If the fuel tank has problems, replace it along with the sending unit and fuel lines. Shoot some penetrating oil into each cylinder and turn it over by hand with the plugs out so it won’t damage the walls when you do fire it up. Parts are available through a number of places. BTW If the tires are that old, I would count on replacing them as well because they would be unsafe from age. Dearbornclassics.com , concoursparts.com and a web site to check out would be http://www.galaxieclub.com ^(http://www.carparts21.com/goto/http://www.galaxieclub.com)

    2. Logic316 ~good Guys Wear Black? says:

      Change the motor oil, siphon out the gas tank and put in fresh fuel. Spraying oil into each cylinder and gently turning it over by hand, like Otis says, would also be a good idea.

    3. Wrench161 says:

      Replace the tank and lines.
      most all the rubber items (belts,hoses,tires,suspension buschings,ect…) will need replaced.
      look carefully at the brake lines for rusted spots
      fully charge the battery,if the engine has not been turned over recently
      put a small squirt of trans fluid in each spark plug hole before turning over
      you will have fresh gas since the tank will be replaced,it should start right up.
      as for the rust,when you replace the tank,inspect the undercarriage carefully.