Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Bergerac, France
Drain all the fluids, absolutely everything, (petrol goes off over time), refill it all with nice new clean fluid. Replace all the filters, oil petrol, air, general maintenance really. Replace the plugs, HT leads, Tyres (as they have probably perished if they have been left flat, Next, if the car doesn't have an oil pressure gauge, fit a temporary one, Take the spark plugs out, get a nice big freshly charged battery, connect it up, and turn the engine over. See that you are getting oil pressure, and just pump the fluids around the engine.
The carbs will probably give you some grief (I know the one on my 500 did) If they have been left with pertol in the float tank, (remember petrol degrades) you will probably have a nice bunged up carb, get yourself some carb cleaner spray, and a piece of soft copper wire. Fold the wire in half and twist so there are no sharp edges, and use with the carb cleaner to open any pathways that have become bunged up. Check any seals/rubber in the carb and put it all back together.
Put new spark plugs in, check oil/water and any other levels you can think of. Make sure there is some petrol in it. Get a friend to twist the key while you spray easistart into the carbs. With a bit of luck that should bring it back to life.
After that, its just MOT tax and insurance.