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Old 10-03-2004, 06:27 PM   #1
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I have just installed a new engine and want to "mothball" the old one any suggestions Capt Jack
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oil it and seal it in a plastic bag
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I also put a dessicant in the bag with mine in the hopes that it will attract the water away from the engine.

Seemed to work OK for about one year's storage.

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Old 10-03-2004, 07:52 PM   #4
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Flooded my "mothballed" engine in air-tool oil (about 5/6 tablespoons of oil through the exhaust and through the carb). tirned it over a few times to get it really well libed. Put it in a zip-lock bag. Squeezed as much air out as I could before sealing the zip-lock.

8 months later I opened up the bag, poured out as much oil as I could by turning the crank and holding the engine at convenient angles. Put it in a plane, primed, and flew. (I stored the glow-plug and muffler in the same bag, as well as the bolts holding the muffler on).

Based on that experience I would do it that way again.

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Old 10-04-2004, 10:54 AM   #5
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When I have needed to store an engine for a long period of time, I would dissassemble it and place it in a margarine tub full of transmission fluid, ensuring that all parts are submerged. I'd then seal the tub using the lid that comes with the tub.

When ready to use the engine again, I'd pull all the parts out, rinse them with WD-40, and assemble.

Worked great for me.

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I usually just put some oil into the engines and put them back into the box (or in a shoe box) and thats it! Never have any problems, and I have some engines stored for years and years from last use.

I think one of the main things is to keep them in a DRY place (like in my shop) not in a damp basement, or out in the garage if it gets damp in there, etc.

Just make sure they are cleaned of any fuel before hand, drip some oil into the engine and turn it over to distribute the oil, and put it away in a dry place...
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