Reviving my truck information needed

Tiny
RICKYROD76
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  • 1997 CHEVROLET 1500
  • 5.7L
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 35,000 MILES
What Is the best way to go about starting/saving my truck listed above Z71? It hasn’t been started in 15 years and only has 35,000 original miles? With doing as little damage as possible to motor etc.
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 AT 1:28 PM

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STEVE W.
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Change all the fluids in the engine. Same with the transmission, transfer case and both differentials. That will also give you the chance to check what comes out for water or rust coloration. Then check over the wiring visually for any rodent damage. Next try rotating the engine over using a wrench on the balancer bolt. I would plan on replacing the belt as well as checking all of the accessories for free motion. Fuel system wise I would drop the tank, pull the pump out and check how bad the tank is, before connecting any power to the truck. Being a steel tank and setting it is likely rusty inside, You can get new tanks reasonably cheap so maybe replace the tank and pump unless it isn't very rusted inside. Depending on where you are it may need the brake and fuel lines replaced if they are rusted, also go through the brakes as they may also be rusted or stuck. Then once that is all finished you can hook up a battery and see what happens. Being it has sat that long I would expect some hidden issues to come up. Tire wise you will want to replace those as well as they are well past the time they should be replaced just for age.
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Tuesday, May 5th, 2020 AT 4:19 PM
Tiny
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Hey Steve, I want to thank you very much. You make some very good points. I had planned on changing all fluids along with fuel pump but I will check the things you have suggested. I want to thank you again. I will keep you updated, though it may be some time. Appreciate everything.
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Wednesday, May 6th, 2020 AT 9:53 PM
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STEVE W.
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We'll be here. I've resurrected a few vehicles after they sat a while, it can take a while to get them back to showroom new. Oh one Item I forgot, once you get it back up it doesn't hurt to use something like fluid film or waxoyl to block the rust from growing.
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Thursday, May 7th, 2020 AT 5:33 AM
Tiny
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Where would I find something like that? And is that added with fluids or?
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Friday, May 8th, 2020 AT 10:44 AM
Tiny
STEVE W.
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Both are spray on rust block coatings. Stuff works great to get into tight areas and seriously slow any rust down. Unlike the heavy tar coatings it will creep into body seams and between panels. It also doesn't trap moisture to create more rust. There are lot's of places to buy it in cans or larger. If you don't want to DIY it there is also Krown, which is a similar treatment and very reasonable to have them do all the work. Krown. Com will give you locations and prices if you're interested. If you hit YouTube there are multiple videos on all of them.
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Friday, May 8th, 2020 AT 4:34 PM
Tiny
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Perfect! Thanks once again.
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Saturday, May 9th, 2020 AT 3:55 PM
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STEVE W.
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You are welcome. Please return anytime with your automotive questions. Thank you for using 2CarPros. Com
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Saturday, May 9th, 2020 AT 7:43 PM
Tiny
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Positively will do!
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Monday, May 11th, 2020 AT 3:06 AM

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