I have a 1990 Firebird Formula which I think might have a seized engine. I rescued him from a man who's brother didn't take very good care of him. He's in bad shape - but his engine was always good, so I do not know why it would have stopped working.
About 2 months ago, I discovered he had a bit of an oil leak, but never let the oil drop below "concern" level on the gauge. I had taken my dogs out for a walk up at Lovel Canyon, just outside of Vegas, and he had driven over there fine, I had checked the oil before I left as well. When I came back after my hike, I started him up, fine, began to drive and that's when it started. An odd noise came from the engine, almost like a flappy-ribbony sound, no smoke, and I think I recall him not being able to go into the next gear. So I pulled off to the side of the road and popped the hood. Everything appeared fine, there was no smoke what-so-ever. So I tried to start him up again and he made a weird noise almost like a "eer" ish kind of rumble. So I tried it again after about 30-45 mins and he literally wouldn't start. Not a single noise.
So, I had to leave him there all night until the next morning I had someone come out with me with some jump cables. First we put a little more oil into him so it was at where he should be, then, we jumped him. He started up fine and began to run so we started to head back home, but a very loud clanking sound came from the engine and he began to slow down and lost all power steering and what not. We managed to get him towed back by Triple A and back home. He wouldn't even make the slightest of noises anymore after that until someone mentioned that I put a new battery in him. So, I did and tried to start him up and he did make a sort of "chuffing" noise: almost like a blast of air shooting out of something over and over again.
NOTE: I did see a spark shoot out from where the starter is located.
He's like that until this day.
Does anyone have any suggestions? Is it likely that his engine is seized? I'm in the middle of moving right now, but when I am done I will have him towed to a mechanic (or two) and have a diagnostic on him and see what they say. He's my baby and I love this car and I don't want to lose him. I keep having dreams of myself driving him once more and it depresses me to see him just sitting out there, not being driven.
NOTE: The radio, lights, and even the whirling sound of the fan work when you two the key just once in the ignition. Also, his oil leak "magically" stopped since the tragic day. I don't know where THAT came from.
Thank you so much!