Started working on the MV Sunday. First, I put a battery on it and it cranked well and I heard a hit. I guess that is a good sign. I stopped because I am not ready to start it yet.Tried to tow it closer to the shop and discovered that the steering was completely frozen. Took out the grease gun and tried to grease all zerks I could find. The main steering shaft that drops down in the front was frozen. Removed the plate to find about 3-4" of dry greased all caked together. Removed old grease, applied penetrating oil liberally and regreased. Jacked up front end and after working the steering back and forth about 100 times, it finally completely broke loose. Very hard to do with a vice grip pliers as a steering wheel. I will have to replace the steering shaft because I will not be able to put a wheel on it as it is junk. Pulled the fuel tank, washed out, cleaned and reinstalled. Removed and cleaned sediment bowl. Removed air breather assembly and tube and soaked in the parts washer. Boy was it dirty and clogged. Ordered new oil pressure gauge and line because it fell apart in my hands.
Today, I removed the distillate manifold, or what was left of it. There was some sort of nest inside. There was rust in the block in the two holes in the outer sides of the manifold. Polished the surface to prep for the replacement manifold.
Also, as you can see in the photo below, I removed the plate and found a mess of sludge and rust. Is this normal??
I am going to try to clean as best as possible.