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New to 928 Club - The 1978 Survivor 20 Oct 2019 10:12 #21018


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Good morning, KJ here and I am new to the 928 Family and this Club. My history has been in the Toyota Land Cruiser world but in general have always enjoyed cars. I have recently taken ownership of this 1978 928 with 5,400 miles on it. I am looking for some suggestion on getting it started. My plans are to pull the plug as and drop some oil down the cylinders and let it soak, then hand turn the engine over. Next, install new battery (what do you recommend). Last put in fresh gas and then attempted to fire it up.
Much appreciate any suggestions, I do know a major server error was done about 8-9 years ago and that included a new timing chain. the car is due to arrive in San Antonio by Wednesday

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New to 928 Club - The 1978 Survivor 21 Oct 2019 11:35 #21019


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I have a question. How long has this car been parked and not used.
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I believe the car has been parked and not started or driven for about 5-6 years.
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If that is the case then you have a lot to do before you make any attempt to start the engine. After such a long time you need to drain all fluids, change all hoses, filters and belts, fuel tank must be cleaned and most importantly make sure the water pump is not seized up. After you do all that then you can put in a battery and try to start.
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I had not thought of the water pump - THANKS MUCH - can do all that!
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New to 928 Club - The 1978 Survivor 21 Oct 2019 21:31 #21029


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Wow, what a find!

After removing the spark plugs and squirting oil into the cylinders I suggest hand cranking the engine for a few revolutions prior to attempting to use the starter motor. You can feel if the engine is seized, you don't want to be ruining the starter if it is.

Prior to attempting to start the engine, if the engiene isn't seized and after the fuel system flushed, I suggest priming the fuel system by removing the fuel pump relay and placing a jumper between the 30 and 87 socket positions. Once the pressure is up, look for fuel leaks in all areas. If all is well, next install the fuel pump relay and crank for start.
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New to 928 Club - The 1978 Survivor 23 Oct 2019 11:09 #21031


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Much appreciate all the advise, car arrived in San Antonio yesterday, here it is after 1st wash




After much deliberation I have decided to let the folks at Jones Autowerks in San Antonio get the beast started. They cant see it till the second week in November - stand by for updates and more pics

It is really sweet if I say so myself!
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Wow amazing find! Looking forward to updates. I just got a 78 that is a driver but needs much basic maintenance. Is that a 78 in Hellblau? Do you have pic of the paint code sticker on the door jam? Mine is also originally hellblau 78 which isn't supposed to be, based on the sales literature.
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Hope to get the car started next week - stand by for updates
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New to 928 Club - The 1978 Survivor 06 Nov 2019 04:31 #21037


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Great find! When you get a chance, please enter car’s data in the Registry. Looks like it’s a 1979 MY.

Hope all goes well getting it started.
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I went to register the car on this site but not sure what production number is
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The production number would be the last four digits of the vin minus 10

1627 -10 = 1617 production number.
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5400 miles!!! That has got to be one of the lowest mileage 928s anywhere?

Is the garage you've taken it to experienced in 928s? The only reason I say this is that they have their own foibles and you need to know them all. After draining the fuel, my first test would be for fuel leaks by bypassing the relay.

Good luck with it.
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New to 928 Club - The 1978 Survivor 11 Nov 2019 15:35 #21043


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KMJ64 wrote:
I have recently taken ownership of this 1978 928 with 5,400 miles on it.
I’m not the best at navigating these forums I hope I've uploaded these pics correctly

You are also not very good at taking pics of the odometer.
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