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 Posted: 06-11-2007 01:07 am
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Judson Manning

Joined: 03-14-2005
Location: Atlanta, Georgia USA
Posts: 406

It sounds like the rings have siezed to the liners which is the typical mode of failure for engines that are allowed to sit for a long period of time.  Early MkI engines did occassionally suffer from the cams siezing to their journals, but that is less likely your problem.  The answer you don't want to hear is that it's probably best to tear the engine down for a full rebuild.

My local Home Depot stocks WD40 in gallon sizes for about $10/gal.  You really have nothing to lose by filling the cylinders full of WD40 or Marvell Mystery Oil.  For that matter filling the entire crankcase isn't such a bad idea either.

Let it sit a good week, then try to turn the engine over by hand.  If it still won't budge, try the starter, if it still won't move, push it down a hill or drag it with a tractor and pop the clutch  (Don't laugh, I know a guy who did it to a Sprite and drove it home).  Lastly, put a dowel down each spark-plug hole and tap with a hammer till they all break free. 

All of this is cave-man technology and usually not recommended, but the worst thing that can happen is you'll need a full rebuild, which is what you probably need anyway.