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Old 07-22-2013, 07:33 AM   #81
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How do i prep an e46 prior to starting it up after 9 years in storage?

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Old 07-22-2013, 07:35 AM   #82
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the yellow goopy stuff is cosmolean - it is used to protect during shipping overseas it is not mold and is safe...just a pita
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Old 07-22-2013, 07:37 AM   #83
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spelling correction...piston rings re-seats
- I was thinking of using synthetic oil instead of marvel mystery oil until i recalled a tip from one write up that piston rings may not re-seat well or if not at all had the later was used as a primer. (Will try to find that write up to acknowledge the author).
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Old 07-22-2013, 12:36 PM   #84
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Congratulations. I hope you get many hours of fun from it.

Re: the FP fuse... lol! I stored my MR2 every winter. I created a checklist to use before winter and one for spring. (You forgot the fuse after one night. Imagine how much could be forgotten after a long, cold winter!)

Looking forward to your vid post.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:40 PM   #85
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Thanks for the educational pics. Can learn lots from seeing how much happened there.
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Old 07-22-2013, 02:55 PM   #86
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no pictures of the actual car? its a vert?

no video of start up?

also i read that washing/wetting your carpets will make it lose its shape. not sure if true.
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:04 PM   #87
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:13 PM   #88
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Good job! Based on the extent of the mold, I probably would have thrown out the whole interior and bought a new one. At least the carpets... but it's not my car. Have fun with it!
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:15 PM   #89
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it was a bad day for a lot of black widows, rats, etc. OP show pics of where the car was sitting the whole time. need a bigger picture instead of micro details (though those are nice too)

it would complete the thread and tell the story!
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Old 07-22-2013, 03:21 PM   #90
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How do i prep an e46 prior to starting it up after 9 years in storage?

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Old 07-22-2013, 09:46 PM   #91
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no pictures of the actual car? its a vert?

no video of start up?

also i read that washing/wetting your carpets will make it lose its shape. not
sure if true.
video and more pictures to follow. Still have to download software etc.

Carpets did not lose shape it has a thick foam mold underneath.

thanks mr. mango
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Old 07-22-2013, 09:58 PM   #92
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Awesome, congrats on the start up!

I got my black carpets from a junk yard, the driver front was completely filled with mold, rusty water and power steering fluid. I did the same thing you did, let the carpet dry outside in the sun for about a week, and haven't had any problems.
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Old 07-22-2013, 10:00 PM   #93
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I can confirm removing carpets to wash doesn't hurt them. I used to pull the carpet out of my old work truck every 3 months and pressure wash it
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OP the car was sitting out in the sun for 9 years?

Oh and about the carpets, someone on bf.c mentioned their BMW carpet lost its shape after removing and washing. Not completely or totally, of course, but enough to notice. Good yours was OK. And yes Im well aware of how the carpet looks, feels, etc when out of the car. Very very familiar with BMW carpet. quality stuff for sure
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Congrats. That car must be so relieved. Like a genie out of a bottle.
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Old 07-23-2013, 01:50 AM   #97
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This is epic! Reminds me of when they found the DeLorean in the cave in Back to the Future 3...

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Old 07-23-2013, 10:54 AM   #98
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Old 07-23-2013, 11:52 PM   #99
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lousy video of startup

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no pictures of the actual car? its a vert?

no video of start up?

also i read that washing/wetting your carpets will make it lose its shape. not sure if true.
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OP the car was sitting out in the sun for 9 years?

Oh and about the carpets, someone on bf.c mentioned their BMW carpet lost its shape after removing and washing. Not completely or totally, of course, but enough to notice. Good yours was OK. And yes Im well aware of how the carpet looks, feels, etc when out of the car. Very very familiar with BMW carpet. quality stuff for sure

Ok here it is...so sorry for the lousy video quality. To hear the engine in background pls. pump up the volume a bit!

1st video: 1st attempt - no go! Because i forgot to re-insert f.pump fuse!
2nd attempt: no video - coughed up a bit then remembered to bleed fuel system via fuel rail schrader valve.

Mango asked if the car was out in the sun for 9 years: It was garaged for the first couple of years then parked out in a semi shaded area...sorry I dont have a picture with a view of surroundings.

Logged about 10 miles of driving around since start up and will replace main and a/c belt including tensioners. Do a thorough inspection of the under chassis, rubber parts, lube job, drain/fill rest of fluids: brake, p/s, a/t, differential fluid, etc.

When it's all up to speed? Sell/Swap for another barn find

To e46fanatics.com and all that spent time to contribute prep tips...

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

May this post continue to be filled with more information to help guide fellow barn finders to prep their lost treasure the best way possible!

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Is it just my computer...coz I can't see any videos or links to videos?
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