Has not been started in 3 yrs and won't start now. what do I ckeck for.


Asked by Feb 23, 2015 at 09:04 AM about the 1971 Ford Torino 500

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I was running. I tried starter fluid and nothing. don't think it is getting spark. the wires are factory. It turns over fine. What all should I look for. It only has 70000 miles.

3 Answers


Fresh gasoline, a new fuel filter, and a complete tune up. You may have to get the carburetor rebuilt and replace the fuel pump as well. Ideally the gas tank should be dropped and cleaned. The fuel lines cleaned and blown out with compressed air. After 3 years you may also be looking at a valve job as well. Gasoline turns to varnish over time. This creates a sticky, gooey mess in the entire fuel system. If the car was properly prepared for storage before it was parked the issues should be minimal. But definitely a complete tune up and go over the entire fuel system. HTH. -Jim


Thanks. I just expected with gas poured in card and the starter fluid it would try to fire off for a minute.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.

You're welcome. For future reference when storing a car fill up the gas tank with premium and add a fuel stabilizer product. Then drive the car to the storage facility. There is a host of other things to do to prepare a car for long term "dead" storage. But this will at least protect the fuel system. If the car is to be stored for a really extended period there's a whole other list of things to do. Such as draining the gas tank, removing the fuel pump & carb, and blowing out the fuel lines. Just to name a few. To avoid all this I try to drive my cars at least 4 times per year. This is enough to keep them running well. HTH -Jim

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions


Looking for a Used Torino in your area?

CarGurus has 40 nationwide Torino listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Ford Torino Questions

Ford Torino Experts

#1 Rowefast
Reputation 170
#2 1torinoman
Reputation 130
#3 FordNut
Reputation 90
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Ford Mustang"
728 Great Deals out of 41,499 listings starting at $900
Used Dodge Charger"
683 Great Deals out of 30,340 listings starting at $1,995
Used Chevrolet Camaro"
825 Great Deals out of 39,067 listings starting at $2,650
Used Dodge Challenger"
495 Great Deals out of 25,693 listings starting at $7,980
Used Chevrolet Corvette"
434 Great Deals out of 20,332 listings starting at $3,688
Used Chevrolet Impala"
937 Great Deals out of 35,886 listings starting at $700
Used Pontiac GTO"
7 Great Deals out of 515 listings starting at $5,995
Used Pontiac Firebird"
12 Great Deals out of 887 listings starting at $2,900
Used Chevrolet Monte Carlo"
13 Great Deals out of 2,073 listings starting at $2,900

Used Cars For Sale