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Old 04-21-2007, 08:53 PM   #1
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Recommendations for storing an engine?

OK. So I picked a spare engine for my Magna cause I got a deal on it. I'm keeping it in my garage under my work bench. I've done a few things to it based upon the advice of someone who used to race a lot and store engines in the off season.

Here's what I've done:
1. Drained the dirty oil, put on a "cleaner" used filter, and filled the engine with about 1.5 gallons of clean oil. (No I won't start it like this. The point is to keep the parts bathed in oil for storage.)
2. Sprayed a little WD-40 into the intake and exhaust ports.
3. Pull the plugs and put a little WD-40 into the cylinders. (I would have used oil but my oil squirt can broke.)
4. Made sure as much of the anti-freeze as possible was out of the engine. (Pulled the drain plug on the water pump.)
5. Put anti-seize on the spark plugs (finger tightened) and other bolts that are know to get "sticky" on that engine over time.

After doing all of the above. I rotated the crank (the correct direction) to make sure the piston rings didn't stick. And I intend to store it with the crankcase side accessible so I can periodically rotate the engine.

My questions are:
1. What's the best way to seal up the exhaust and intake ports? Plastic wrap and rubber bands or will just a clean paper towel stuff in the ports do?
2. Any foreseeable harm in putting a plastic bag over it to keep dust off? Will it hold in moisture?
3. Anything else I should do?
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nerf fit nicely in the intake ports
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Old 04-26-2007, 09:17 AM   #4
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I'd put clean paper towels in the e/I ports and then put a cloth sheet over the engine. A plastic cover seals in the moisture and doesn't let it "breath".
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Thanks for the suggestions. I broke down and bought a proper oil can and squirted some ATF in the cylinders and other areas and sealed it off with blue shop towels. I'll bag it when the humidity is low and keep an eye out for something that is breathable to use as a bag.
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