Tomorrow (Monday, 6/25) I will be a proud new papa of a 1978 Pacer wagon D/L. I am the 2nd owner and I am tickled pink, however, both the soon-to-be-previous owner and myself are worried about starting her up - In order for the owner and his wife to be able to sell the car, they had to distance themselves from her for a few years. Basically, the wife got a new car (PT Cruiser) 2 years ago and the Pacer was no longer needed as a everyday car. The Pacer has sat in the driveway for just over 2 years and has not been started. She is gorgeous with just over 130,000 miles. This family used her like any car should be used, but she was loved and cared for. The owner has all of the manuals and service records for the car.
What needs to be done to insure the car starts safely and no damage is done to the engine, transmission, or anything else? We live in Iowa City and the weather can be extreme on both ends, but nothing prolonged or nasty.
Any other advice, suggestions, tips, etc. will be greatly appreciated. I plan on using this car as a city car, primarily to get to and from work. Maybe an all day trip to visit family and friends, periodically.
2 Years is really that long,,, shoot some oil in cyls, rotate engine by hand,,,add gas- additive for possible moisture in tank, have a good battery,, pour light amount of gas in carb, spray a small amount of ether in carb,, REINSTALL air breather and crank. Of course check fliud levels first....