There are many varabiles regarding engine life. SInce the engine has been setting a long time, that is an issue. If it has been sitting outside in the elements, that is one consideration (let's call it it strike one).
You would want to change oil and prime the engine with oil through the oil pump, get the oil pressure up to 40psi.
If engine rotates freely and starts does it have good oil pressure? Above 25psi at idle and above 50psi at 3000rpm?
If oil pressure is low at idle and above 3000rpm, then you may have an oil pump, or main bearing/camshaft bearing issue.
If all is good, compression, oil pressure, then it is reasonable to assume it will last a long time if properly maintained.
Thursday, March 5th, 2009 AT 7:04 AM