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Old 09-04-2014, 03:19 PM   #1
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Default Storing a rebuilt engine

I am getting ready to have a '66 352 engine gone thru as it is a good candidate. Now I have found a '65 F250 that is in far better shape than my '66 F1 and it doesn't need an engine right now. Still I'm thinking while I have the money to go ahead and have it rebuilt (should only need the basics and not expensive machine work) & put it back for when I need it.

I've heard of stored engines, even rebuilt ones, locking up and being ruined. What is best to do? Maybe spray the plug holes with WD40 or add a little oil sometimes? Before too long, it will be in a desert dry climate (Arizona) so I'm thinking that will be in my favor.

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Old 09-04-2014, 04:41 PM   #2
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you need to make sure every thing in the engine is well oiled, squirt mmo or some other oil in each cylinder, a lot of it. if the intake manifold is off put a lot of oil in each intake port, same with the exhaust manifold, put the intake manifold and exhaust manifold back on, then seal all open holes on the engine, carb, intake and exhaust manifolds , remove the valve covers and oil all the rocker arms valve guides, and oil down the push rods, if the engine is not going to be stored for a real long time leave the oil in the pan, spray the out side of the engine with a lite oil, one that can be removed easily later, find a good moisture eliminator, like that is used in food packages, or any thing that absorbes moisture, then wrap tight in a big plastic bag, keep off floor and out of damp and windy places
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Old 09-05-2014, 07:38 AM   #3
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ATF in the cylinders, lube everything with break in oil, seal every opening with tin foil tape (the stuff used on duct work) not duck tape, bag it with kitty litter or oil dry and keep it off the floor. My 351 C was stored for eight years and was a free as can be when installed.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:34 AM   #4
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Turn over once a monthput down the intake when doing so goodluck
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Old 09-05-2014, 02:22 PM   #5
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I have a Chevy 350 that is about to wake up after a 30-year nap. That one, I fogged it with MMO until it stalled out, pulled the plugs and gave each cylinder a few squirts too. Taped up any external port with duct tape, wrapped it in plastic and put it on a pallet on my garage floor. I gave the damper a turn about 5 years ago and it moved freely.

My brother built a nice 327 short block up while in HS. That was oiled up, wrapped in a couple of black plastic garbage bags, set on a couple of pieces of 2 x 4 and stood up on the back end of the block in the corner of the garage. 7 years later, it was unwrapped and found to be as he left it, spotless and that turned over easily.
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Old 09-05-2014, 03:11 PM   #6
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Store the engine and rebuild it if and when you need it would be my suggestion. If you are able to predict the future please come help me with my stock market investments.

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Old 09-05-2014, 06:32 PM   #7
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It's in his y block section, Ted Eaton lists sitting without run in as a potential cam failure as the break in lube dries out. Also, from load on the valve springs over time. I would imagine this applies to most motors, even with hydraulic lifters.
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Old 09-06-2014, 02:43 PM   #8
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Yes agree^^. Beyond all that has been mentioned you can also spray the whole outside with oil and get a heavy clear plastic engine bag and close it up.
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