1950 ROLLS ROYCE
4 Dr. Standard RHD
Brought from England by the previous owner in
the mid 60's
Without a doubt this was the BEST PREPARED and STORED car I have EVER had the pleasure to own.
The previous owner enjoyed driving this car for many years, and I'm sure had every intention of fixing the few problems this Bentley developed in short order.
The list was a short one.
Realizing these repairs would take some time to complete, plus the demands of life and family, he more than parked it, he prepared it for long term storage.
Put on stands, all fluids flushed and refreshed.
Preservative oils on venerable metals, moth balled interior, drained fuel tank,
lines, pump, and carburetors, Dry nitrogen to inflate the waxed tires. WOW!
I spent, I think, an equal amount of time in "de-storing". Resisting the massive urge to put battery and fuel to it the at the first moment back at the shop. I used an all but abandoned method of patiently removing the spark plugs, oiling the cylinders and HAND turning the crankshaft many, many times over several weeks. I did similar lubrication and hand freeing on just about everything. The fuel pump didn't make it though, not for want in preparation, just the rubber composite diaphragms hardened.
NOW a battery, a little fuel
hand added to the float bowls, SWITCH ON, push starter button, and running,
I CAREFULLY drove it on the lift to have a detailed look.
LOOKS OK, I removed the fuel pump and flushed the tank and lines. Next on my list is to rebuild the fuel pump and reconnect the entire fuel system, then the brakes, then everything else.