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Re: when storing an engine, unused, please...
How was the engine pickled when it was put away? Cylinders should be treated with fogging oil, at a min. There are pickling oils that promise to stay adhered longer, which require pulling the injectors at storage. Too many don't do it.
Good advice to move it occasionally, but that alone isn't going to prevent corrosion. Perhaps it will prevent the seize you're experiencing. It needs to be lubricated. Keeping the motor well above the dew point, or better yet, in a dry environment helps too.
The cheap hack to free a stored seized cylinder is to top the cylinder with diesel fuel and let it sit for a day and work it's way past the rings. Once free, you'll be flushing the crankcase, of course.
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