My son's '74 did the same thing last week. I pulled the bowl off the
fuel pump and found it had about 1/2" of rust and various other uglies in
the bottom of it. Cleaned everything up, reinstalled the bowl - all is well.
It seems he had run out of gas a couple of days before (typical
non-functional fuel guage), and I'm guessing the last 1/2 gallon or so was a
little thicker than usual.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Craig Brownlee <Craig_Brownlee@ong.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
> Date: 04 December 1998 18:48
> Subject: Fuel Pump Problems
> >Oh wise and experienced LBC'rs..... While enjoying the
> great weather we
> >are having here in Oklahoma my 77 MGB started acting like it
> was out of
> >fuel but if I sat for a few minutes it would run ok again.
> I still had
> >fuel so my first thought was that fuel filter was clogged.
> I changed it
> >out and I drove about 5 miles and it did it again. Once
> again if I sat for
> >a few minutes it would run ok. Before I could get home though it got
> >worse. I remembered people talking about fuel pump problems
> and having to
> >rap the pump a couple of times to get it to work. (BTW by
> this point I
> >would have no fuel to the filter at all.) I would tap the
> fuel pump and i
> >could hear it click a couple of times... I would drive
> half a mile and do
> >it again. Finally made it home.
> >My question is this. How do you test the fuel pump? If it
> really is the
> >pump do you rebuild them or do I call my favorite supplier
> of parts and
> >just get a new one?
> >Thanks in advance for the information,
> >Craig Brownlee
> >77 MGB