No, it doesn't sound right at all. My 57 did just fine through the
California desert areas. One way to check for vapor lock is to put a springy
clothes pin on the fuel lines every 3 or so inches. This sounds really lame,
I know, but trust me it works. Why would the gas be boiling? I assume the
fuel lines are correctly routed. Could the needle and seat be worn or
damaged? Maybe 2 filters is too much restriction for the fuel pump? I sure
like the old glass bowl pumps. That makes thing easier to figure out on the
road in cases like this.
Brad Newman wrote:
> Yesterday afternoon I experienced what I assume was vapor lock.
> The wife and I drove approximately 25 miles on the freeway (60-65 mph),
> and as soon as we got off on the side streets and slowed down the engine
> quit. After it sat for a couple of minutes it fired back up, then would
> die again after a couple of minutes. We finally got to where we were
> going, it sat a couple of hours, and we were able to drive home with no
> problem. This morning after driving approximately 5 miles it did it
> The temps yesterday afternoon were in the mid to upper 90's, with the
> humidity being somewhere in the 65-70% range. Last night on the return
> trip the temps were in the low 80's, as they were this morning when it
> happened again. I'm running a stock 216, and the truck has just recently
> been completely (frame off) restored. The fuel tank was vatted and
> sealed, I have 2 inline filters, and the fuel lines are run where they
> were originally.
> What do ya'll think; does this sound like vapor lock, and if so, is
> there a sure fire way to prevent it from happening again? My neighbor
> tells me that when it gets hot (a constant here in Texas), that vapor
> lock pretty much becomes a common occurrence on these old trucks when
> speed is mixed with heat and humidity. Does that sound right?
> Thanks for any help.
> Brad Newman
> 49 3100 Deluxe
> 24 1 ton
> Coppell, Texas
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