long term engine storage

jeff lawrence
4 months ago

My rebuild project will not be ready for the engine for about a year. Is it better to assemble the engine or store it in pieces? All the machining has been, all the parts are here,its ready to go for assembly. Thanks Jeff

Mr Bowtie
4 months ago

Jeff, Assemble the engine. Get it running. Then start and run it at least once a month. New machined cast iron will start to rust fast when exposed to air. The engine block, cylinder heads as well as all of the internal engine parts have to many areas which are bare iron or steel. The engine should be assembled properly. It will not be exposed to the air if the engine is assembled and running.

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