Hagerty Video: $800 Classic Chevy: Will it RUN? (And Maybe Even DRIVE?)

$800 Classic Chevy: Will it RUN? (And Maybe Even DRIVE?)

Posted: 2023-04-24 15:00:27
Author: Hagerty
This 1965 Chevy Corvair was totaled in New York City after the devastating flooding during Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and eventually purchased by its current owner for $800. Since then it’s been floating around not running: sometimes being stored outside, sometimes in a barn, and sometimes wherever there was space. Well, eleven years later, we’re ready to answer the question: Will It Run?

#WillItRun #neverstopdriving #hagerty



0:00 – Intro
0:50 – Backstory
2:07 – The engine revealed
3:06 – Signs of water damage?
4:25 – First problem
5:05 – Checking the oil
6:13 – Underbody assessment
7:27 – Draining oil
9:02 – A small gas leak
9:55 – Water in the oil?
11:17 – Draining the transmission
12:56 – Broken balancer?
14:30 – How do the spark plugs look?
16:25 – Cleaning points
18:20 – Checking for spark
19:13 – Uh-oh, forgot to disconnect gas
19:55 – Uh-oh 2.0, forgot to put oil in
23:47 – Really checking for spark
24:37 – Connecting fuel
25:37 – Cleaning Carbs and Checking fuel filters
27:51 – Are we ready to start this thing?
29:43 – Running at last
31:30 – Swapping the harmonic balancer
35:16 – Adding fuel filter
36:27 – Adding gear oil and flushing fuel tank
38:18 – Checking brakes
40:15 – Will it drive?
42:32 – Brake test outro

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– Hey, this is Davin with “Will It Run?” Yes, we are in the shop. Slightly different than doing it out in the middle of the cold or the field, and so on and so forth. But we drug this one home. And it’s not a barn find per se,

But this is a salvage vehicle from Hurricane Sandy. (upbeat rock music) Number one problem: I don’t think this is supposed to be loose. I think it’s got a really leaky engine. It’s a used car. Ooh, we’re not supposed to say that. It’s a classic car. Well, that sounds horrible. It smells even better. Might be driving this today. If you remember, Hurricane Sandy was 11 years ago. And there was a lot of flooding and damage in the East Coast, specifically. This came outta New York. And it was flooded supposedly up above the rocker panels. May or may not have gotten into the engine. Certainly got everything wet enough

That the car was totaled out. So we’re gonna go through and do some due diligence. A little bit different than we have in the past. A little more due diligence of changing your oil, checking into the spark plugs, and really doing a little better job of cleaning it up to drive it.

We’re not sure what we’re gonna get into. We don’t know what the condition of the floor is. I mean, we looked, a little visual inspection. But we are gonna lift it up. It may need the top to hold things together. Now, let’s face it, these things weren’t all that structurally sound

To begin with. And if you think they were, you’re fooling yourself, because when you look at the structure on how they were originally designed, it’s a flat sheet of metal going between the driver’s seat and the passenger seat when the top is down, that’s gonna paper plate and do this.

Is what it is. And no, I’m not gonna do the normal spoof of go to the front, open up the hood, and play stupid that I don’t know where the motor’s at. Motor’s in the back. Look at that. Turbo-Air 164. 110 whopping horsepower. When I say this hasn’t been touched since Hurricane Sandy, it was drug into a different area and stored inside, outside, wherever it basically found a home that no one was hitting it. Nothing’s been done as far as trying to salvage it,

Rinse it out, all those things. But honestly, other than what maybe was already there, the car seems to have fared fairly well. Not ideal situation after a flood. But here’s where we’re at. – It’s going. – This is the light. – The machine knows. – This is the light!

– Stop yelling at me! – No, it’s the light! – Stop yelling! (gun shots) – There’s no load here! (water splashing) – Did you get the renal insurance? ‘Cause that is pretty important, too, at a time like this. – Do we have any sign of how far the water went? So far, no witness of any water up top. I find this, well, probably not too crazy, but I doubt zip ties were factory installed.

But it works well. There’s that. That’s nice. I don’t see anything down the carburetor. I mean, they’re all shiny. Shiny and clean. Eh? Saltwater usually doesn’t make a very good cleaner on aluminum. But I suppose that where this was hit, it was more brackish water, than pure salt water. I’m gonna say it didn’t get much higher

Than the floorboards. That doesn’t look out of the ordinary. I mean, the rotor and the cap have kind of a normal look for something sitting. So when we get there, we’ll clean that up. But for right now, we’ll leave that off. And we didn’t try to, look at this.

First problem I find, I’m finding. I’m guessing we’re gonna have to do something slightly different with the balancer/pulley setup here. This is just pure speculation on my part, but I’m guessing, if I were pulling this pulley, it should have some resistance on the crankshaft,

And the pulley should still be attached to the balancer. Right now, it’s not. That won’t stop it from running though, folks. It’ll just stop it from cooling and charging. Probably making a little noise. So we won’t get too excited there. We didn’t do the obvious of look at the oil yet.

But here we are. I don’t see anything. I mean, it’s oil all the way through, but of course, water’s gonna sit at the bottom, so we could be washing it right off. It’s not overly full, so that’s okay. But let’s get this in the air

And see what the bottom of this looks like, and what our oil and fluids look like. Of course, to drive this, if it was sitting in saltwater, you would certainly want to go through the brakes. So we will pull everything off, inspect the brakes, make sure everything looks pretty good that way.

But we’re gonna make sure it runs first before we get too far ahead of ourselves. I don’t see anything crushing. That’s a good sign, right? Lich. All right (groans), all the way up. (machine whirring) Go for the gold. What’s the worst thing that happens? It stays up high, comes down? Eh. We might not have to drain a whole lot of oil. For some reason, it appears that these are doubled up. Factory must have doubled up the floor pan, so you almost have an inner and outer, which doesn’t make a lot of sense to me, but. So this is probably a little bit of a weak spot through here. There’s a little bit there. I don’t see it folding in half. This thing’s been whacked a couple times. Well, hey, you know it’s a used car. Ooh, we’re not supposed to say that. It’s a classic car.

So we have yucky wheel bearings. Well, need to be tightened up at least. On that one. So the shock I slid out from the rubber rubbing against the control arm or the lower swing arm. That’ll make some noise. Well, I tell you what, I don’t see anything that tells me

To not make this run and drive. That’s what I think. Okay. All right, let’s get a pan underneath here. Let’s get our oil dropped. And we’ll inspect it kind of as it pours out. All right, we’re gonna do our oil change slightly different than most people, I suppose.

We’re gonna capture it in this huge beaker because I wanna see if we can visibly see any water. Water will separate, it’ll sit down here. Oil will sit up on top. And we may be able to see some amount. Opposed to just when we drain it. We might see it then, too,

But this’ll be a nice visual if it’s truly there. It looks pretty black. I’ll say that’s a good sign. And whatever it was sitting in didn’t rinse any of the oil off the bottom of it. Maybe I just didn’t see. But you know, you can see white here. This is definitely salt. Same thing up here. Yep.

Okay, so we have it up in the air. We’re draining the oil. We can smell some nasty fuels. And if you’ve ever been around one of them cans that gets green, you’ll know exactly what I mean. So I don’t know if we’re getting, just because we raised things up,

Maybe we’re close to the vent now for the tank, and we’re smelling it just because it’s underneath the car. Or it’s coming out of the oil. But one of the things we’re going to do is we’re not going to run it through the factory tank, like we have in the past.

We’ll do the same thing. We’re basically gonna jump the tank. So we’ll run a external tank and plummet to fire it up the first time. Up in here, and actually, we do have a little bit of gas leak. I can see it here. Yeah, that’s not good. Yuck. Pewy.

So here’s your gas tank is out in front. Quite honestly, in front of your feet, in the trunk area of the car. But I do see this as being our shifter cable. Or our, I’m sorry, our clutch cable. And it has been happier. It’s down to about, it looks like three wires.

So, we’ll get this running. I don’t think we’ll take this out on the road like this because I’d hate to get stranded in the center of an intersection to where, well, you know, be a hazard and such. But driving around the lot, not a big deal. I got guys that can push me.

Well, off the cuff, I don’t see any water in there. You guys see any water? I don’t see any water. Just to kind of prove my point of what it would look like if there was a bunch of water in the engine, or it had been ingested through the intake side of things

Because of the flooding, I’m gonna put about, no, not quite as much of this in there, but. We’re not seeing any now, just to verify that. But let’s say it had oil, or water in the oil. It’ll probably take a minute for it to totally separate. Can you see that? – Yep.

– I can see it from my side. At this point, I’m not seeing a bunch of water ingested into the motor from it being flooded. Now granted, it does have some leaks, but they mainly seem to come from the higher points. So water would leak past, you know, for instance,

This seal quicker than the oil would. And it has been leaking on the ground. But I’m not seeing any reason to believe there’s a bunch of water, or has been any water in there. So I’m going with, we’re good to keep moving forward. All right, well, let’s pull the fill plug out.

And someone’s wise engineering move, they didn’t put drains in anything on these. So you have to draw it out of the fill plug, which seems like a real minor penny save. But whatever. Kind of just drill a hole in the bottom now. – Tap it.

– (whistles) This might not be the most efficient use of your time. For what it’s worth, I’m not seeing any water. I’m also not seeing a lot of fluid. (laughs) I would highly recommend a slightly quicker tool than this. But it’s great for thumb exercises. Oh, this looks good, too.

I don’t see anything in there. That keeps our mechanical components in a little better situation. There’s a little fuel in that, though. It smells green. That just smells like bad grease, ick. Yuck. Okay, let’s (whistles) put this back down on the ground. Get our oil filter off, as well.

We’ll have to get some gear lube back into this. And let’s get the plugs out. Here’s your stock balancer rubber. So there’s an isolator between, they’re bonded. So you have your pulley is bonded to your balancer, or the solid piece of the hub. And there’s this rubber piece in between there that normally doesn’t, it’s not a separate chunk. And I see it another one, too, here.

There’s how you get the belt. So, I know the oil filters in the way. Who puts an oil filter there? Maybe this won’t do anything more than loosen up. Ha, ha! See, I almost lost faith, but look how simple that was. I didn’t even pour all over everything.

Again, no sign of anything that way. We’ll get an oil filter, as well. But this is really what I want to get out of the way. So it’s… It won’t come out of that hole. Come this way. There! Yeah, that’s supposed to be attached. All right, let’s get that swapped outta there. Ooh. – It’s spinning. – She’s a-spinning. It does turn, at least some. I don’t wanna get too ahead of myself and spin it a bunch of times.

But that’s a good sign that it is loose, from that aspect. I’m going to take and pull all of spark plugs and put some breakaway or some fashion in there. And then spin it a little bit more by hand. I also won’t be fighting any compression that way, too.

So, let’s get that done. All right, well here’s our six plugs. I didn’t keep ’em in any order when I pulled them out because, well, quite frankly, they all look exactly the same. That can be good or bad. That means all the cylinders are doing exactly the same thing.

In this case, it looks like they’re all burning oil and they’re all rich. Now, moving forward, instead of just getting some fresh plugs and throwing ’em in there, I’m gonna actually go through and see how many of these still have spark. But I am gonna put ’em in the parts cleaner

And clean them up really well. And I might even put a little vapor hone on ’em to clean all the gook off them. And hook ’em back up, spin her over, and see what we have for spark. And I’ll just replace whatever I have to,

Given that we’re just trying to do this as cheaply as we can and see what we can salvage. I’m gonna go as far in as I can get. And then just kinda spray it up and out. If this had an issue with being completely stuck,

Then I would make sure I let this soak for several days. But at this point, we don’t see that it is stuck. I think that’s enough. Yeah, I’m gonna clean the points on this distributor. That’s what I’m gonna do. Same thing on the cap and the same thing on the rotor.

So your points of contact, obviously, are in the end of this and up here. Just make sure they don’t have a bunch of corrosion on ’em. This usually doesn’t, (sandpaper scratching) ’cause it’s stainless. But with the brass end down here, we’ll have some. Just take some sandpaper, clean it off.

As long as you don’t get the gap ridiculous, it should at least fire across. So I’m just gonna reach down inside here and hit all these little terminals. That’s what distributes the electricity to the plugs. Look at these. These have been sitting. See how white and corroded they are?

That won’t make a great contact. Well, now we can test and see if we have some spark. Drop a plug on there, and hold on to it, spin it over. Gotta put our battery in, though. Maybe it’s no good at all. All right, so I threw our battery that was in here on the charger, and it won’t take anything. So I’m gonna swap it over to this one. I just need a top post battery. So, we’ll just flip-flop her. Hey, that’s why the battery is dead.

Break switches, or yeah, brick switches. So look at this. Those ugly plugs aren’t as ugly anymore. So all I did is put on a little de-greaser to take the schmutz off of ’em, and then put ’em through the vapor hone. Just spray it in there a little bit.

Got all the porcelain and the electrode loop cleaned up. And now, we’ll see if they’re dead inside, because, at this point, they should make a jump across. No issues. Gaps look, oh, the gaps are perfect. I mean, look at that. The gaps are nice. Okay, John. Key on, good.

We got power back here to the coil. All right, go ahead and spin it over a few times. And we’ll look for spark here, coming across the points. Oh, all kinds! Well, that sounds horrible. (John speaks indistinctly) Uh! It smells even better. Before we get going, let’s… I will take and disconnect the fuel lines, so we’re not dragging more crappy fuel from the tank in. I don’t wanna even tell you what it, I can’t even describe what it smells like. It’s just, blech. Watch, it just dripped like twice. Look at that line, though, it’s completely gone. That rubber line is just garbage. It’s nice to know it’s completely empty, though, to be honest with you. Or plugged. So I just pulled the fuel line and got that kind of drained out and a little, that nasty. So as we turn this over and check the spark, I’m not drawing anymore fuel

Up into the carburetors if it’s bad. Now, on the same note, I got slightly ahead of ourselves when we checked it for spark and power just to the distributor. And I’m not gonna go further, because I’m gonna put some oil in it. And as I’m turning it over,

Checking for spark on all my spark plugs, then I’ll actually be priming the oil at the same time, instead of running ’em dry. ‘Cause I know you’re all sitting there going, “He’s running it dry!” So we’re not gonna do that. Just for clarification. So as you can see, these PH4s for a Corvair

Are extremely popular here in northern Michigan because, well, it’s not sunny for this to fade out. This box looks pretty horrendous. But it’s not what’s in the box that’s important. It’s the filter. And the filter’s nice and shiny. Always a good idea to pre-fill the oil filters when they’re not installed upside down,

Because no sense in wasting crank time filling the oil. Hey, it’s Kyle Smith, our local Corvair expert. Mr. Smith, you’re on the air! – Oh no. How you doing? – I’m good. – Good, glad to hear it. – So, what can you tell me about Corvair balancers?

How important are they to have the pulley on ’em when I fire this thing up? – Uh, technically not required. – Yes! – If you want the honest truth. – You heard it there, folks. Technically not required. (Kyle laughing) Per – You can get away

– Kyle A. Smith. – If you can get away with running it, don’t run it long. – Yeah, yeah. – ‘Cause obviously, that’s your cooling system, but. – Right. – But I mean, you can definitely get it to run without one. – Okay. – I have a balancer here.

I have a solid one, and I have one that’s probably usable, a core at best. – Okay. – It would work. But I don’t have a puller to yank ’em off a snout. But I’m happy to bring one in. – Okay. – Make a puller if you need it.

– Yeah, that sounds great. And I may have something that I can make work, as well. All right, well, I’ll proceed with my oil change, and talk to you soon. – Yeah, I’ll see what I can split off that motor here real quick. – Okay. – Planed on doing that this afternoon, anyway.

– Oh, right on. (wrench cranking) Perfect timing. Thank you. – Cool. All right, talk to you in a bit. – Yup, bye. So, to Kyle’s point, with the balancer is, yes, it’s a balancer. It does a balancing function. But it does that function with or without the pulley on top of it.

So, what we’ll do is we’ll run it for a little bit of time without that on there. ‘Cause there’s no sense in changing it if this motor needs to be rebuilt. Or is just grenaded. And we’ll just be aware that our cooling system is this fan right here.

Bows across the cylinders, keeps everything cool. Obviously, there’s no water pump because Corvairs do not use water to cool them. They’re air cooled. So after that, I’m just spinning this generator. This thing has points. It needs like no voltage to operate the points, and fire all the spark plugs.

So we’re not gonna get concerned about that at this point in time. So as soon as I finish putting oil in here, we’ll get back to checking the spark plugs. (car engine cranks) – Yup. Go ahead. (engine cranks) – Yup. – I’m still hooked up. Coil’s making power. (man laughs) I never had ’em – Looks like. do that before. – Looks like a Tesla coil. – That’s kind of interesting. Makes sense why I did it, but, hm. Okay, we’re gonna throw the plugs in it, and go towards fuel. You guys always make me do this shit the hard way. – I’d say if you can put it up in the air, (obscured). ’cause it’s kinda peachy. – Ah. Yeah, maybe. Okay. – Cranker? – We have a guest cranker. – Cranker? (bell rings) – I brought you the shop manual. – Oh. (vibrates lips) – I know you don’t need it. I brought you a good balancer. And a puller. – So you put this

– Through the center, yeah. – Through the center. How’d you turn the nut? – I didn’t need to. I pulled it down with those. – Ohh. – Evenly, side to side. – Oh yes. – That worked good enough. – I file. I love the ingenuity. – I was gonna say something,

But I was holding up very long. – I applaud that, that’s fantastic. Well, hey, you’re right in time. Aren’t the, the only fuel filters I can find on this, I shouldn’t say find, they’re only here, right? – Yeah. – Little, little bronze crappy ones.

– Yeah, there’s a sock in the tank, but that’s it. – All right. Fun, okay. Well, that’s exactly what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna pull them out and spray ’em. Well, the over-under is, is there enough hex from the last guy with a pair of vice grips on it? – Ohh.

– That one doesn’t have it as bad. – It’s still not great. – Vice grips, not necessarily the best piece of equipment for tube nuts. You just make it a (imitates spitting) for everybody else. But you know what? When in Rome, do as Romans do. (metal rattling) – Wanna truck, need a truck? – Hey, guess what? We don’t have to worry about, ohh, nope. Yeah, no. You don’t have to worry about those. You don’t have to worry about the bronze filters, ’cause, well, it’s not there anymore. ‘Cause that wasn’t filtering much, folks. But maybe it was stuck to the thing.

Maybe it was stuck when I came out. I don’t think so. It wasn’t there. I didn’t see it. – We’ll have video evidence. – I didn’t see it. (man laughs) – I didn’t see it. I dunno what you’re talking about. – Man, all these people.

Coming around now, and telling me what I’m doing. So a live YouTube commenter, John, suggested maybe we should spray some carb cleaner here. It’s not a bad idea. Well, let’s see if Captain Smarty Pants is right now. The one fell out when I, I didn’t see it. (metal clinks) Dropped out. We’ll go real slow this time. Okay, nothing up my sleeve. There’s a different one. Look at that. That one’s a screen. It’s not nearly as restrictive. Little carb clean in a bottle here. So, pulled those lines. There were filters in them. I took ’em out because we’re just gonna let her (imitates wind) in the wind. Let her swing in the wind here. With the fuel, I’m gonna put some fuel into the carburetors just so it has something to, you know,

Kind of maybe kick it and prime it that way. No different than I would anything else. And then, of course, as the engine is turning over, it’s gonna pump the fuel pump, gonna draw all the fuel from our exceptional can out front, and draw it all the way through there.

And she should fire right up. Fire right up. I think it’s gonna fire right up. All right, go ahead. Well, there’s the fuel out of the bowls. Hey, that’s a good sign, though, look at that. Fired right out. Uh, little due diligence here. Got a hell of a knock, but don’t worry about that. What’s that? – Oil pressure light went off. – Did it? – Yeah. – Wow, sweet.

– Theses are pretty durable motors. – I hope so, ’cause it’s gonna need to be. All right, give her another fire. So we should get some, soon as we get some fuel, where it’ll sit and idle. Okay, Kyle, that’s where we’re headed. – Yeah. (engine stops, rattles) – Ohh. Not picking up yet. Okay, go ahead. Needed to put these carburetors closer together. It’s hard to get fuel to both of ’em at once. And maybe it’s not getting fuel up to it yet. And if that’s the case, we’ll throw the electric in there, like I wanted to do in the first place. – Good.

– I suggested that, but I got vetoed. Yeah, go ahead. – Look at that! – It’s about 1500. – I think it needs to warm up well, which, well, we can’t let it do because it doesn’t have a fan on it. But- – It’ll warm up real, real fast. (laughs) – Yeah, yeah. But hey, it’s running, right? That’s the first goal. Runs. Nice. – And most of that knock, don’t worry about it. It’s nothing. Shoot, she purrs pretty good. – Well, it ain’t great. – You gotta a wrap some- (David laughs loudly) Ohh, quote for the day. – I don’t know what to tell you. – “It ain’t great.” – It ain’t great. Usually, rats will climb down in here, right underneath this fan, on top of all the cooling fins. – Uh-huh.

– That’s where they build their nests. So that’s what you’re cooking out here. – Oh, sweet! So we’re making supper. So we run. We don’t know if we drive and pull over yet. That’s always the key. But let’s, since Kyle was so gracious to bring over that pulley,

I mean, we’ll see if we can get this one off. All right, so I’m going to support the bottom of this motor with my transmission jack. That way, I can pull the backside of this motor mount out. I got a pretty good access point to the harmonic balancer that way.

And then we’ll cross our fingers and pull it out. (grunts) Mm, yup. (object clinks) And here’s one of ’em. Look at that, that’s ingenious. Amazing what scrap does. – Yeah. Or it’s gonna punch out your teeth. One or the other, I don’t know. – Well, then we’ll be brought to- – No promises. (laughs) – Pache demo. (chuckles) Hey, broke it loose. – Hey! – Watch your lens. I don’t wanna whack it.

– Ooh, there’s some treats. – Eeek. – Oh, there’s all the balancer. – (laughs) Yeah, there’s the rest of the rubber. And something else. I’ll try to go the right direction. There it come. You hear it? – Yeah. – Nice. Kyle, well done. – It’s almost like we know what we’re doing. – Well, we don’t, but this is working. You did your calculations well. – Yes. – Look at that. The rubber foot really doesn’t do much. This would be a great opportunity

To replace this front seal. So if yours was leaking, ’cause this one (chuckling) clearly was, that’d be a good time to do it. Otherwise, just put her back on. You know, I could just put that pull-out, that pusher on there. I mean, it could be better anyway. – Yeah.

– Don’t show that it lines up perfectly with the holes, though. – Mm-hm. – What’s what? – What’s the torque? – Shop manual’s on the roof. – (chuckles) Well, that’s a fine spot for it. – John’s gotta get the ladder again. (guys laughing) – Sheez. – Put the tall guy on it. – You told me you didn’t need that. – Crank shaft, pull your balancer, half 20. 40 to 50 foot pounds. – That’s it?! (snorts) All right, so we have our new-to-us dampener, and Polly is all assembled. We torqued her right down at a whopping 50 foot pounds of torque, per spec. I’m gonna put my,

Well, I can put the oil filter on back from up there, but get everything buttoned back up. Put up, held up. Then we’re gonna move on to checking the brakes. Now, we kinda decided while we were working on this that we’re not gonna get too excited. We’re just going around the building.

And well, we’re close to the end of the day, so there’s not gonna be anybody driving around anyway. And we’ve got nice big snow banks if we need to bump into something. So what we’re gonna do is, I’m gonna throw Kyle, since he volunteered to come over and help me,

We’re gonna throw him in the seat. And then I’m just gonna actually spin the tires; he’s gonna hit the brakes. And then if the tires stop, we’re gonna call ’em good. And if he pumps ’em tight and the pedal doesn’t drop, well then, we know it’s not leaking.

So, we’ll be in good enough shape to go around the the block here. Three rusty ones, two shiny ones. That’s how much water I got. – Whoa. – Whoa. I need a step stool. In, out. All that stuff. – Hey. Princess Bliss. – Whoa, whoa, whoa. – Oh yeah, it comes right off. – Look at that. No leaks. Looks just like all the rest of ’em that we’ve already checked. All right, so we have, yeah, some surface rust from sitting. Not a big deal. Maybe not the best thing from a vibration standpoint,

But I see no leaks as far as the cylinders are concerned. We’ll check all the rest of ’em. We’re also gonna do our spin test. But I’m calling this one “Good to go.” So while we got it up in the air, I’m going to fill my differential and transmission back up with some gear lube, so I don’t get silly and drive it around the block with no gear lube. ‘Cause I forgot. And this is just beautiful way to do this. Highly recommend it.

It’s a great workout. All right, Kyle, here’s what we’re gonna do. We’re going to have you lift the heavy bucket and pour it into the tank. And just the action of it going will flush out whatever might be right there. Although, that’s not gonna work, is it?

‘Cause the pickup is not going to freely flow, unless we have a lot of fuel in it. All right, so put a lot of fuel in it. Put five gallons in it. We’ll flush out whatever comes out of there naturally. If it doesn’t, the fuel filter will catch it.

And we’ll just change it a lot. Don’t let that big jug hurt you. – You good? – Yeah, I’m good. Eh, here it comes. See, I told you it would work. – All right, I paused. You want more? – Yeah, keep going. That stuff’s stinky. Ooh, see how it cleared out?

Look at that that. Doing exactly what I thought it might. All right, so we flushed a little of that nastiness out of the tank. Obviously, there’s still some in it. But we’re gonna put five gallons worth of gas total in it. That’ll help kind of dilute some of that other stuff.

Run it out the tailpipe. Let’s set the track cut, let’s set, blah. Kyle, let’s shut this down. I’ll throw you in the seat. I’ll spin the wheels individually. Just hit the brakes. Make sure we don’t have big puddles of fluid going places they shouldn’t be. – Okay, yeah, it’s good.

– Is there’s something there? – There’s something there, but it hit two notches on the way down. – Perfect. Now you’re just breaking free of the rust. – There you go. – All right, go ahead, let up. Hit it. Perfect. Hit it. Yup. I checked that one in reverse, on purpose.

All right, up. Okay. Oh yeah. Good. Hit ’em. – Okay. – Okay, this one’s a little out of adjustment, but it’s stopping. Okay. – It’ll stop. – Let’s get one over there. – Three out of four ain’t bad. Come on. – We probably should put the oil filter back on.

– You’ll want a fan belt with you guys there, too. – And we’ll put the fan belt on, yup. I think we’ll put the fan belt on first, so I’m not fighting the oil filter. There it is. Perfect. Dripping it everywhere now. (whispers) Golly! I lubricated the wires over here. Rock and roll. That’s how the 110 horsepower got there. – It’s like 112 now. – Now, I know why they had zip ties on the end of that. – Yeah, they’re supposed to be changed. – Crank this over, Kyle. You tell me if we get any fuel in that filter.

And, heck, it might even just fire up and run right away. New trial. Here we go. – Oh, this is- – There it is. – Got fuel? – Yup, got fuel. – Nice, that pulled up tight. Good. Let’s let this run and warm up. Then take her for a spin. It’s idling, it’s running. – It is. – 11 years. 11 years. 11 years not a long time, but given the scenario, 11 years is a long time. – Yeah. – How smokey is it? Aww. – Pretty good. – Not bad at all. – Outside? Yeah, outside. – That one’s got some.

I think it’s ready for a run. – I got the garage door opener in my pocket. – That’s what I think. Let’s pull this down and take her for a scoot. I’ll only risk one person’s life doing this. There, I’m not messing with the light. Hey, the breaks work! Sweet! Hey, first drive in 11 years. Not bad. It purrs like a kitty, honestly. Brakes might be needing some adjustment. But hey, this car’s running 11 years after a flood, and it wasn’t doing it before. So, if you have some curiosity

About some car that you might come across, go try it. The worst thing you’re gonna do is be frustrated that you wasted a little bit of time. But I guarantee you’ll learn something. Go out there, get in the shop, go get your work done. See ya.