my 57 t -bird was not driven muich in four years i cleaned the gas tank but theres a burning smell that sticks to clothing i have owned it for over a year now what can i do

Asked by May 22, 2013 at 07:50 AM about the 1957 Ford Thunderbird

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we cant drive it to much couse of the smell is there and additive to clean the system

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Check the valve cover gaskets. They may be allowing oil to seep onto the hot exhaust manifolds. This is a common occurrence on old cars that aren't driven much. HTH. Jim


It definately sounds like an oil leak. There are a number of places it could come from; Look under the car to see if there are any oil spots on the floor or driveway. If so, try to isolate where they are coming from. Valve cover gaskets are logical but not necessarly from not being run. I bought a car that had been in storage for 28 years and it had no leak when I got it started. It could also be transmission fluid or the ower steering leaking. Somewhere you are losing oil. NOW, there is one more possibility... rotten gas. After four years, it is probably rotten.

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