Hello Junkman, It sounds indeed like it just needs to be used. My orignal engine had a smidge over 203,000 miles on it, and it would "tick away", nothing untoward, but with such a high mileage the camshaft and lifters were completely had!! Having stood for so long, I assume that you have or will flush the radiator and engine and refill with new coolant and change all the brake fluid too. Hopefully all will be well, but don't be at all surprised if any number of things start leaking or playing up. Ron.