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With some fresh gas and a battery I bet it runs if the guy drove it to the location. There's no doubt it will need some general tinkering but I bet it'll run.

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With some fresh gas and a battery I bet it runs if the guy drove it to the location. There's no doubt it will need some general tinkering but I bet it'll run.
I sure hope so. So far the starter won't make a sound, even with 12V directly to it. the carbs were removed and replaced by the PO, but I have no idea why. Linkage is disconnected. I am hoping to get it on a lift tomorrow. It's been delayed behind other more pressing projects.

Where are you located in SD? We went to the Rapid City/ Custer area last summer and really loved it. Doubt I would like the winters though.
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Winters are actually pretty docile there compared to where I live. I live over on the eastern side; not far from the MN border north of Sioux Falls about 115 miles or so.

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Where are you located in SD? We went to the Rapid City/ Custer area last summer and really loved it. Doubt I would like the winters though.

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Winters are actually pretty docile there compared to where I live. I live over on the eastern side; not far from the MN border north of Sioux Falls about 115 miles or so.
I almost went to university in MN, until I walked on a frozen lake on Easter Sunday.
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I sure hope so. So far the starter won't make a sound, even with 12V directly to it. the carbs were removed and replaced by the PO, but I have no idea why. Linkage is disconnected. I am hoping to get it on a lift tomorrow.
Carbs that have been sitting with any chance of moisture getting in can be a real problem. If there is even the tiniest sign of rust inside, count on rebuilding (or having them rebuilt) or just get new ones.

I rebuilt a few carbs, except for the one in my lawn tractor, they all ran worse when I got done. Carbs rely on lots of tiny openings and tiny pins and magic. I haven't had a car with carb for almost 20 years, and I don't miss them. With no linkage I don't know how you will get them set up together.

I wish you the best of luck, I love the dash on your car, will be quite a wondrous moment when you get it running under it's own steam. Always remember that they PO didn't park it in a field in pieces because it was in great shape.

Look forward to the victory posts.
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Carbs that have been sitting with any chance of moisture getting in can be a real problem. If there is even the tiniest sign of rust inside, count on rebuilding (or having them rebuilt) or just get new ones.

I rebuilt a few carbs, except for the one in my lawn tractor, they all ran worse when I got done. Carbs rely on lots of tiny openings and tiny pins and magic. I haven't had a car with carb for almost 20 years, and I don't miss them. With no linkage I don't know how you will get them set up together.

I wish you the best of luck, I love the dash on your car, will be quite a wondrous moment when you get it running under it's own steam. Always remember that they PO didn't park it in a field in pieces because it was in great shape.

Look forward to the victory posts.
Thanks for the post. I really am looking forward to tinkering with this car. I don't know much about the history of the car, but the daughters and ex wife of the PO claim he loved the car and took great care of it. The interior seems to indicate that is true. They say he took the carbs off, but I found them on the car. I'm hoping that he had them off to rebuild them and just hadn't finished reconnecting everything. If I remember the details correctly, he was working on the car around the time he got ill and passed away. Hopefully the car wasn't disassembled and sitting due to neglect. The lot in the picture is actually part of a storage facility that the owner's brother owned. It is a bit rural and I seem to have been visited by field mice, but it is probably better than just sitting in the average field.
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I would assume, if he rebuilt the carbs. himself, he was probably in the process of tuning them somehow. That can be tricky without the proper tools. Three years is not a lot of time for a vehicle to set. I've rescued vehicles setting longer without much ado. I think your biggest job will be to find out what stage of repair he was at.

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Great news!!!! Bypassed the ignition switch and car turns over. Won't start yet. Checking compression now.
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125-150 psi on all cylinders
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Good start!
I picked up my E300D this AM from a shop that put new brakes, rotors & wheel bearing in the front.


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Great news!!!! Bypassed the ignition switch and car turns over. Won't start yet. Checking compression now.

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