1977 Nova

Asked by Sep 05, 2017 at 05:35 PM

Question type: General

A lady is gonna give me a 77 Nova
that's been sitting for years.should I
empty the gas and all the fluids before
I start it?

10 Answers


dump the fuel tank flush the fuel lines and check the fuel pump evey fluid in that car will be like cold honey change the brake fluid depending how the body looks you might want to sell it to a Hotrod shop GasMonkeyGarage off the show The Fast and The Loud and watch them turn it into a awesome ride

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Drain the gas and refill with fresh fuel, change oil. check all fluids. Install a fresh battery, then try to start.


Yes, drain the gas, you might be better off if you removed the fuel tank and drained it that was then you could see how much crud is in there and how rusty it is it, you may want to have it cleaned and coated, replace all the filters also, rear end transmission, coolant, all should be changed out. Then take out all the spark plugs and add a little oil to each cylinder, and turn it over, by hand if necessary, if the plugs are bad might as well give it a good tune up, plugs, cap, rotor,wires, etc. Then when your ready to start it, have a little squirt can of oil with you and when it first fir s off squirt some oil right down the carb not too much you don't want to drown it with oil just a squirt or two, this will help to keep the valves from sticking due to sitting so long. Hopefully that will do it. After it has run for a while say to operational temp run a compression test, not really necessary but it would give you an idea how healthy the engine is.

The bodies cherry


On the cheap: Change the oil and oil filter, drain and replace coolant, top off with good gas, fire it up (or at least attempt to). Better: prime oil pump, drop gas tank and clean tank and clean or replace fuel pump and fuel filter, test fuel pressure and make sure there are no fuel leaks, test brakes, check ATF, check rear diff. oil. The engine is going to be bone dry, may even want to pull plugs and get some oil into cylinders that way in addition to priming oil pump.

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Thank you

i would drain the gas an put fresh with some seafoam an change the fuel filter an change the oil


I would. Fresh gas and oil are good ideas.


Would not hurt....Do you know if f it runs??

Ain't got it yet but it will be good to go.It was parked in good condition

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