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Starting up a 1952 Land Rover After Sitting for 31 Years

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I found this 1952 80" Land Rover abandoned outside under the sun and storms in an Australian NSW farm since 1983 due to gearbox breakdown and started a ground up restoration. During the dismantling process I tried to start the engine only using new spark plugs and new engine oil. The fuel pump was off with rust so I used a plastic bottle and gravity to drive the fuel to the carburetor. No other replacements or cleanings were made and the attempt took place with the engine as it was for the last 31 years. I notice that all the wiring, dynamo, starting engine and ignition were in working order despite the rust, mud and insects everywhere and even 3 tires accepted air pressure. The chassis is in very good condition only with superficial rust but no corrosion. The bulkhead has 2 sq centimeters of corrosion on both sides near the connection with the chassis and that's it. Only the aluminum body shows more damage most likely due to close encounters with kangaroos.