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1980 Mini Convertible - First start in over 10 years

One very, very rusty mini. We bought this little car for spares. The previous owner had carried out all the work to get it back on the road, over 10 years ago - including a full conversion to make it a convertible. Then, he left the car outside and didn't touch it until we towed it away. The fuel lines are ruined - so the fuel had to be literally fed into the engine!


 


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1974 Morris Mini - First start in seven years!
After passing its MOT in 2002, the mini went back into the garage and hadn't turned a wheel until now. The engine is a 1400cc MiniSport half engine kit, built by me, and has only driven about 10 miles. The digital dashboard is from an MG Maestro, one of several modifications made in my misguided youth. Note that it doesn't talk... yet! Oil is fresh, but the fuel isn't. Clearly, the there is more work to be done to get it running right.





Starting the Mini
Hi all, its been a while since I even looked at this Mini let alone start it. So today I decided to see if she would go, i checked the fuel, oil and water (which needed to be topped up) before starting the old girl. Long video, but i wanted to show everything :)





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How to test your Mini engine
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1960 Morris Mini Mk1 - Cold start and drive attempt in the Alps (Down to -25C)
Makes you proud to be British! My 1960 Mk1 starting up in the Alps @ 2100m up, Tignes Val Claret. Temperatures had been down to -25 degrees several times. Watch it go.





'67 Volvo Amazon sat 15 years, first start
This is our latest Volvo Amazon project, that we are going to get back on the road. It's backfiring a lot, because the carb has lots of corrosion in it. Subscribe if you like my videos





Barn Find 1968 Euro Beetle, First Start.
This is her first attempted startup in 21 years! Of course before I tried it, I poured Marvel Mystery Oil in the upper cylinders, filed and gapped the points, rebuilt the carburetor, and replaced the fuel pump, plugs, and wires. Still it impressed me that it fired up after all those years of sitting. Pulled this old bug from a barn in rural Oklahoma, where it sat unmoved for over two decades. You just can't kill these old VWs. Thanks for watching.





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First start 1964 Chevy C60 Part 2 of 2
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V8 Land Rover first start in 2 years
Thos 1974 Series III 109 stripped a gear tooth (or several) a couple of years ago and hasn't been run since. Purely out of interest, I decided to see if it would still go, with impressive results. The Landy was originally fitted with the 2.6-litre 6-cylinder IOE engine, but is now running a 3.5-litre Rover V8 with SU carbs from an SD1.





1939 SS Jaguar starts after 20 years in bits
http://www.oldclassiccar.co.uk/ssjaguar.htm http://www.scottpeter.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk/ss_jaguar.htm I only put 1 gallon of petrol in her tank and after an initial few kicks she refused to start until it dawned on me that I needed to pull out the petrol reserve tap. The engine has no timing marks and she spits back due to being far too far advanced. She's also very tappety. The drive out of the garage was my first experience of driving her and the street scene was the first time of her being out on the public highway. At this stage she had a very noisey rear axle and gearbox and no interior trim. Video recorded 1993.





First Start of the 66 Mustang in 20 Years
As the title states, we bought this car and are in the process of restoring it. Surprisingly it started right up, almost. :)





Rap 24 hp semidiesel, first start attempt in 20 years.
This engine was built in 1930 or earlier. Have been stored outdoors for the last 20 years. After spending hours getting all parts movable this is the first start attempt. Seems to be low start pressure (6.5 bar) and low capacity in start air hose that is the biggest problem.





The story behind my green mini
This is the story behind how i got the car and as a bonus a look at just how rusty this car is. I think I could have the worst mini on youtube, or at least the worst car that someone plans to do something with. just what i plan to do is still between me and a few tubers but this plan will soon be uploaded. A special thanks to itsOnlyMeBilly for requesting this video and some others which i will upload and make soon :)





1919 Buick First start since 1952
This is the first startup of this 1919 buick six roadster that had been sitting in a barn in ohio since 1952. It was parked there with a bad differential. My boss bought it on Ebay and i gently disassembled the engine, cleaned out the 50+ year old oil, freed up the piston rings and put it back together. I had to substitute a newer coil to get a strong spark and had manually filled the float bowl of the carburetor. No fuel pump was hooked up or water in the engine hence the short run time. This is a very cool early overhead valve engine with an aluminum crankcase,cast iron cylinder block, roller tappets, exposed valvetrain, zero gap piston rings, and electric start. This car had about 14,000 miles on the odometer. Enjoy the video! Check out my other video/slide show for engine disassembly pictures.





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