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    My 51 Champ sedan was last driven in '62 before being put into storage. The engine runs great but I'd like to hear thoughts on what I should do to get it road worthy. Obviously the brake system needs to be overhauled. Please advise as to parts sources, tips and tricks. Should I be concerned about the cooling system yet? What about clutch and transmission? An oil change would be in order too. Reccomended oil, source for filter?

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    Procure a shop manual.

    Brakes, including lines and hoses,
    Major tune-up,
    Inspect wiring harness,
    Freshfuel and filters,
    Fresh lubricants: trans and rear, wheel bearings, suspension, steering and u-joints. I recommend Shell Rotella Diesel-all for crankcase.

    Find out what doesn't work before tackling the clutch. It may be fine.
    Possibly need a carb rebuild.
    "All attempts to 'rise above the issue' are simply an excuse to avoid it profitably." --Dick Gregory

    Brad Johnson, SDC since 1975, ASC since 1990
    Pine Grove Mills, Pa.
    '33 Rockne 10,
    '51 Commander Starlight,
    '53 Commander Starlight "Désirée",
    '56 Sky Hawk


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      Agree with Rockne, would also suggest Stephen Allen's ( for parts; I've never had any luck with SASCO for my '51...

      51 Commander State Sedan
      Butler PA