starting a Yamaha QT50

Thomas Malcolm /
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I have just acquired a 1980 Yamaha QT50 that has apparently been sitting unused for some time. I was told that the last time it was started, it ran, but there's no telling how long ago that was.

The gas tank has been sitting empty and shows minor corrosion inside, the petcock feels as though its full of grit, and I can rest easy knowing the motor oil is spoiled (its pretty dark and stinks). Probably needs new tranny fluid, as well, and I don't know how to change either of these.

Anyway, I was wondering what suggestions anybody might have about the "safest" way to attempt starting this thing would be without ruining the the engine, catching myself, my house, my moped on fire, etc.

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