Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

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#1 Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

Post by FHCINSC » Sun Nov 04, 2018 8:12 pm

Hello and thank you in advance for your time.
I have been a long time lurker and admirer of this vehicle, and I finally have made a purchase of a 69 FHC. This car has been extensively restored, but has yet to have been driven post restoration to work out any problems.
I am awaiting shipment of the car and will know more for certain when it arrives.
For now, I would like to ask for your thoughts about what you would check before putting a restored car on the road.
This restoration has been many years in progress and by two different owners (though probably more like 80% restored by the first owner who started the restoration.
Because of this, I feel it is possible that many of the cars systems have been stagnant for too long.
Some concerns that come to mind immediately, are fluid changes everywhere unless I can find documentation it has been done recently.
Engine timing, gas tank condition, fuel filter, brakes, clutch bleed, transmission concerns, charging system, cooling system, alignment. You get the idea. If you bought a car that had been restored, but not driven, what would you be checking before driving it?

Thanks again for your time!

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#2 Re: Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

Post by abowie » Sun Nov 04, 2018 9:46 pm

The brakes. Check oil and coolant levels.

Then just drive it.
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#3 Re: Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

Post by cactusman » Sun Nov 04, 2018 10:32 pm

When I did my mg years back the first runs were fraught with nerves. As said brakes, coolant and oil levels. Also look for fuel leaks and electrical gremlins too. Take it gently until you are sure all is
Well. Have fun :bigrin: :bigrin:
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#4 Re: Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

Post by Lost Horizon » Mon Nov 05, 2018 3:58 am

Was the Engine rebuilt as part of the restoration? If so, you should "break it in". In my case, I used a break in oil for the first 500 miles, and kept the revs below 3000 rpm. If you don't know whether the head has been retorqued after the first run up to temperature, you should probably do that just to start out on the right foot ..

At around 500 miles, retorque the head again. It's cheap insurance. Also spend time in retightening just about every nut and bolt all over the car and drive train. Change the oil and filter to whatever you are going to use after the break in, run it for another thousand miles and check the bolts again.

Always check the fluid levels from front to back, and like it has been said above, if in doubt about any of them, change them so you know the starting point for certain.

I have 2000 miles since my restoration, on the highways, in the mountains and the city. The car has been a perfect worry free friend, which I credit to following the above.
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#5 Re: Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

Post by ralphr1780 » Mon Nov 05, 2018 8:51 am

Hi, what's your name?
Nice car, you must be quite thrilled to have it home.
What the others have said, plus:
. check that rear brake lights / headlamps / turn signal / flasher / horn are all operational.
. let the engine run on idle for a good 10min (without choke), raising revs from time to time, and check for eventual leaks, keep an eye on temperature gauge and look for radiator fan operation.
. make sure you have enough gasoline in the tank (as your fuel gauge might be inaccurate).
. reflective safety jacket, proper insurance, road-assistance card, mobile phone, credit card, 5 liter water jerrican.
. stay within a moderate distance from home, ask family or fellow to drive behind.

Wishing you good times!
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Post by PeterCrespin » Mon Nov 05, 2018 5:43 pm

“...restoration has been many years in progress”

Define ‘many’ and what climate? I recently drove an immaculate V12 with perfect-looking tyres, until the entire tread band came off at 70 whilst Mark Gordon was driving it.

New tyre labels don’t negate ten years of dry heat, for example, if they are that old.
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#7 Re: Restored Car...What to do before putting on the road.

Post by FHCINSC » Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:33 pm

Thanks all for the replies.
My name is Anthony.
The car lived its whole life in California. I’m in SC.
I’ll definitely check the history of the fluid changes as well as to visually inspect them. If any doubt I’ll change them. And I’ll retorque the heads.
I do know the tires are less than 1 year old.
Good suggestions about the can of water and fuel leaks. Thanks so much!
More info to come after the first drive.

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