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Re: 83 Ericson MK III 35.5 6' Draft? Universal Help
There are several threads on starting old diesels. Scotty has it covered but goes too far IMHO - forget removing the tanks before starting - huge job that may not be needed. Old diesels are amazingly robust and can take being left for a long time.
Put a wrench on the crank and see if it's free.
Replace all the fluids, replace the impellers, belts, filters etc. Check the state of the heat exchanger and exhaust hoses and so forth.
Pump out the fuel tank or have the fuel polished, add some fresh fuel and try to start the engine.
It will almost certainly fire up, if not, commence normal troubleshooting.
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