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Apologies if this has already been addressed - I've done a few searches but not found anything other than little snippets in many different threads. It would be good if there was some kind of definitive list to help anyone in this position, of which I am sure there are many.

So here it is... I've had my 1996 Turbo in storage for the past 8 years. I've started a checklist of things that will need to be done prior to firing her back up again. I am looking for assistance from the fine people of CC to ensure that my list has everything it should have before I start work.

Note: When i stored the car on about 80k miles, it was fine mechanically in all but one area - the steering rack was leaking and to this day still needs replacing. So aside from that, it's things like gaskets, fluids, filters, belts, and seals, that I'm looking at replacing to ensure reliable operation after such a long holiday from being driven.

My list so far - it's only basic, but please scrutinise and suggest additions as appropriate:

Parts Required

-Full gasket set
-Timing belt
-Oil Filter
-Oil
-Fuel filter
-Fuel
-Coolant
-Steering rack (already got)
-Hydraulic fluid
-4x4 Pressure accumulator bulb
-Discs & pads

Steps (Basic)

Disconnect battery
Hand crank engine to ensure not seized
Drain oil
Remove oil filter
Drain coolant
Remove head
Install gasket set
Replace steering rack & check PAS pump
Drain fuel
Flush fuel system & inspect fuel tank condition & fuel lines
Install new fuel filter
Replace 4x4 pressure accumulator bulb
Reinstall head
Install new timing belt
Install new oil filter
Add coolant
Add hydraulic fluid
Add oil
Add fuel
Reconnect battery

Test fire!

Bring up to operating temperature
Check all systems for leaks
Free-off seized brakes & replace
Check brake lines

Test drive!

Any comments greatly appreciated. Thanks guys.

Pic attached to show you the car that you will be helping to live on for many more happy years :)
Chadm

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Re: Car Stood for 8 Years - Checklist to getting it back on the road
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2019, 21:32:24 PM »
I would personally advise flushing through with brake fluid and the replacing any suspect brake pipes. Then it would be sensible to rebuild the calipers and master cylinder/servo. It might be an exceedingly opportunity to switch to silicon brake fluid as it does not absorb moisture.

The clutch could well be seized and need replacement. My missing Calibra us an auto so I am unsure if yours has an hydraulic or cable operated clutch. If hydraulic overhaul using the same principles as I described in the first paragraph.

Will be good to see another back on the road!


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Re: Car Stood for 8 Years - Checklist to getting it back on the road
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2019, 22:06:57 PM »
I would personally advise flushing through with brake fluid and the replacing any suspect brake pipes. Then it would be sensible to rebuild the calipers and master cylinder/servo. It might be an exceedingly opportunity to switch to silicon brake fluid as it does not absorb moisture.

The clutch could well be seized and need replacement. My missing Calibra us an auto so I am unsure if yours has an hydraulic or cable operated clutch. If hydraulic overhaul using the same principles as I described in the first paragraph.

Will be good to see another back on the road!


Thanks for that advice - I'll check that out re: the brake fluid and brakes. I saw on Wheeler Dealers one time about waterless coolant as well, that might be a good shout if it's compatible. Clutch is defo cable-operated - I've had to replace that before when it snapped whilst out on a drive. Fingers crossed the actual clutch / clutch arm aren't seized though. Thanks for your response. Really hope yours turns up soon, and unscathed.
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Re: Car Stood for 8 Years - Checklist to getting it back on the road
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2019, 11:00:46 AM »
Some things I have never known before. Until coming to know from all of you

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Re: Car Stood for 8 Years - Checklist to getting it back on the road
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2019, 12:15:40 PM »
I've lately restored 2.0 8v which sat for some 5 years. I've rebuilt half of suspension, repainted it, and did minor adjustments. Before you fire it up make sure you have replaced all ot the rubber fuel lines which I didn't do and was almost burnt alive because one of the lines near exhaust sprayed fuel. Check out the cooling lines also for they might be cracked (wash out the cooling system with cleaning additives or my little personal trick VINEGAR mixed with destilled water when the car is fired up). Also check the coolant thermostate because it might be clogged up. Wash the fuel pump with fresh fuel + cleaning additive or buy a new one, they are really cheap in Croatia btw. Do a ultrasonic clean on the injectors and you will have a new car. Since you are foing all that consider cleaning the exhaust to help the car breathe better. The biggest fault there could happen after such a long time is residue build up in any of the wet systems and you want to avoid it.