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Starting a GTV for the first time in 12 years

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turnermr Mark Turner
Beds, beds, UK   GBR
I've just picked up a 1750 GTV that has been sitting in a garage for the past 12 years. The engine turns by hand and I've replaced the oil and filter and syphoned the petrol but what do I do about the petrol in the carbs does this need to be drained

many thanks mark

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016-10-27 01:02 AM by Skye.

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Skye Webmaster Skye Nott
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It's very likely that any gas in the carbs (the float bowls in particular) has evaporated, leaving a very hard substance (some call it "varnish"winking smiley that will clog or interfere with the operation of the jets, needle, float valve, etc etc. Unless the previous owner drained the bowls.

You will definitely want to take off the carbs and at least take off the bowls and soak the whole assembly in a cleaner of some sort. Even just soaking the parts in a bucket with fresh petrol will work (be careful). Or you can send the carbs out for a clean & polish.

Looks like your post is back from August, you've probably got it started by now. How's it going with the GTV?


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