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Old 30-05-2007   #1
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Engine seized...

I just dragged our '74 124 Spider out of a bad garage and the engine is seized. Any luck here bringing a frozen engine back to life or am I kidding myself. I unlocked a '52 Case tractor once but did end up giving it rings in the end....
This car went in storage with no oil in the cylinders in '93. I ran it once in '98. Now this...
Cylinders are soaking in Kroil now and I'm rocking it in 5th until I find a 38mm/1.5" socket or offset wrench.

Question: It looks like you MUST have a wrench because there's no room for an adapter or breaker bar... Is this right? Thanks, C.
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Re: Engine seized...

It's what I would try before tearing it down. Keep soaking it and trying to rock it free. You may want to try mixing some light weight engine oil with the Kroil to give it some better lube once it moves so that you lessen your chances of scoring the cylinders. Good luck.
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Re: Engine seized...

Guess even with the Kroil it might take a bit of time to penetrate, it depends i guess on how they are seized. How long have you given it to work its way into the system?
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Re: Engine seized...

I found a double box wrench at Sears for $26. It's 1 1/2" on one end and I was thinking even if I cut the other end off and use it for a start, it's worth it. I may even bend it with a torch if I have to. I'm thinking I will block the engine both under and to the side before I yarn on it; that way I'll get a more direct force on the crank. I'm going to pick up the wrench today so I'll report back next week....

She's looking a little rough... I took pictures that I'll get posted soon. There's something you gotta love about an ORANGE car. Later, C.
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Re: Engine seized...

it can be done , i unlocked a 350 in an 73 olds cuttlass i bought and nobody thought i could, it was one of thos times where pations and luck kinda go hand in hand if ya know what i mean ..... i used maverls mystrey oil in mine, ive never owned a fiat before the one i have now so ive never seen one apart, so im not shure how beefey the rings are but hope it unlocks for ya so you can enjoy it some this summer , just a word of advice tho if you do get er done i woulnt get on it for a while that was a lesson i learned the hard way ...lol... good luck wit it
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Re: Engine seized...

Had to contribute here. Im sorry to say Im a Jaguar XJS owner (!!) but I wanted to share my experience. This stuff got my engine going after the garage roof leaked and Ive been telling EVVERYBODY about it (even people without classic cars with sezed engines, lol) Its called Engine Release. I am not allowed to post there URL but if you look up seized-engine dotcom it will be there.

Thought I would get hosed, it wouldnt work and they would not give me a refund but BOY, it worked great. Lifesaver, the missus told me I could not afford a rebuild. Jag is $$$ to fix to, thikn they only employ brain surgeons as mechanics, lol.

So there you go,maybe give it a try before you give up. Glad I did. Ashley James
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