How to start a classic car that has been sitting - 1965 Buick Skylark - Preparation

Monday, November 12, 2018

How to start a classic car that has been sitting - 1965 Buick Skylark - Preparation


In this episode of House of Hacks, Harley prepares to start a classic car that has been sitting for some time. He'll cover a couple things to consider when you go to start a car that has not run for years. Today he takes the first steps to start a 1965 Buick Skylark convertible after it has sat for a number of years.

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Intro/Exit: Hot Swing


Twenty-two years since it's been driven.

Ten years since it's been started.

The question now is...

will it start?

[Intro music]

Hi. Harley here.

In the last video, I got everything cleared out from around this car.

So, today, we're going to try getting it started.

I need to change the oil.

I need to drain and put more fuel in it.

And I need a new battery for it because the old one went dead and is long gone.

But first I need to get some supplies.

[Incidental music]

I've been so focused on getting the convertible accessible and cleaned out around it that I forgot about this corner back behind the coupe.

It's been a long time since I've pulled everything out of here and cleaned it out and there's just a lot of dirt and dust that had blown back in the corner.

A lot of spider webs that had kind of glued everything together and so I spent a little bit of time today to clean this out because I needed space for a new toy that I picked up.

While I was out getting the oil and oil filter and things like that I also got a new air compressor.

I've been wanting a new air compressor for a while but didn't have the place to put one or a project to justify getting one before.

And so today with this project and now having a little bit of space in the garage, I went ahead and got one but I didn't have a clean spot to put it.

So, I went ahead and cleaned out behind the garage here because I think it'll fit here temporarily for right now back here.

But, I've got these jack stands that have been sitting on the floor for years.

They have a tendency to collect dust around them.

They have a tendency to get spider webs around them and it's just a pain to always keep them clean, and so they never do stay clean.

I realized I have a perfect space.

It's right here between the corner of the garage and the garage door.

To put them, they should be able to just hang right in here like this.

I think that'll get them up off the floor, make them easier to get to, and leave more floor space in the garage.

So, that's the intermediate project between cleaning things up and getting things going.

There's always something, isn't there?

[Incidental music]

OK. The new toy has a new home.

All nice and clean.

Ready to get put to use.

[Incidental music]

So, I got the oil changed. The fuel siphoned out. The air in the tires. And I kind of ran out of steam for the day.

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