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    hey guys,

    some mates and I bought an unfinished project off ebay, off road buggy/crawler.
    It is made from a 1983 Range rover classic chassis, the one with the 727 torqueflite gearbox made under licence.
    We thought, beauty, we have a 318 v8 in the shed at the farm, and some gearboxes to mix and match parts to get a combo that matches output shaft and bolt pattern for the engine.

    Engine was removed from unknown valiant of some kind, 1974 block cast dates, was in storage at the farm, on a pallet, rags and newspaper blocking all openings, oil in the cylinders and plugs in, sump full as could be.
    not sure how many decades it was in storage.

    So far we got it to Sydney and onto a stand, dropped the pan and drained oil from everywhere.
    initially it wouldn't turn over by hand, by which I mean breaker bar, but some ATF in the cylinders overnight fixed that.
    Popped the rocker covers and everything is covered in rust, not seized, just surface rust.

    We bought a gasket kit and a starter motor for down the track.

    I'm thinking the plan will be to wash everything down in used ATF to clean off the sludge and penetrate everything.
    Any suggestions on what we should be doing?
    how to remove rust from valvetrain up top?
    any precautions?

    I'm thinking after a clean, then a leakdown or compression test, after checking that all the rockers move.

    This is never gonna see the road, or competition, just gonna be a basher at the farm, so we don't want to spend money if we won't have to.

    The gearbox has been sorted thanks to some tutorials on youtube, the box that came with the buggy was freshly rebuilt, so we used its internals with the land rover output shaft into the case that suited the engine, so this is ready to go when the engine works.
    I will post up some pics as we slowly progress it.

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    Sounds like a lot of fun. I wouldn't be too concerned by surface rust, just coat it all with oil and keep doing what you're doing by lubricating the shit out of it and rotating it by hand. Ideally you'd like to pull the heads to check the bores but then you're into a head gasket replacement deal. Post pics up for sure.

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    I have a bore scope, so the plan is to have a look inside at some point

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    i'd do the same noting your intention of use and to minimise cost - keep it covered in oil and well lubricated - then change the oil and filter after a short period of getting it running to clean out any significant contaminants ...
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