Off the subject of Stephan's quirks, Fred made mention of the fuel return
line on the smogged cars. Did you disconnect this? If so, I was just
wondering if there was any particular reason and what you did at the crabs
*he he he* to block it off.
At 10:47 PM 6/12/2000, Fred Katz wrote:
>So that's what it was! Annie and I were a couple cars behind you, and she
>was bugging me to pull over and check the engine. Told her it couldn't be
>us 'cause I've got open holes to the engine compartment, and opening the
>air vents made the gas smell worse. Too bad we ate the beans and franks
>after the run, at least we would know what to blame for the odors!
>When I rebuilt my engine I also detected a gas smell. It was coming from
>the piece of the return fuel line exiting the carbs that normally goes back
>to the tank on a smogged car. You might want to check there. If your oil
>does have a gas smell, check the fuel pump. Maybe the membrane inside is
>leaking fuel into the engine.
>About the dirty air filter, the oil may not be spraying from outside the
>engine. Is oil dripping into the air filter housing from the crankcase
>hose? If so, that may be an indication of high crankcase pressure.
> > From: Stephan Sochoux <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > To: email@example.com
> > Subject: Working out the quirks
> > Date: Monday, June 12, 2000 8:49 PM
> > Hello all,
> > I have a few items i'd like to fix before Shasta...
> > - very strong gas smell while driving, especially when
> > coming to a rest. It seems to come and go. It's almost
> > like a diesel sort of odor. I cannot find a leak
> > anywhere. During last weekend's bbq run, some say they
> > could smell it while cruising behind me.
> > The carbs are running a little rich but were verified
> > to be correct with Dan's Colortune. The plugs have a
> > nice tan color. I'm puzzled.
> > - the distributor housing where the tach connects has
> > sprung a leak. Is this an indication of excessive
> > crankcase pressure ? The air filter's backside gets
> > oily (black) yet the engine oil is 350 miles fresh.
> > The timing is set to 10 BTDC, otherwise it pings due
> > to the high compression (domed pistons). Dry
> > compression test is 210,220,215,215 - for each
> > cylinder test, i let it sit one minute to see if the
> > compression would drop, nothing really, 5 lbs at most
> > on one cylinder. I wasn't expecting such high numbers.
> > With these readings, is it gonna blow up on me ?? I
> > must say that it pulls hard... it wants to open up but
> > i think the SUs will be the limitation. Haven't pushed
> > it passed 4.5K
> > The idle is very smooth at 600rpm, it doesn't skip a
> > beat and it shuts off without dieseling.
> > I'm really concerned about the strong gas odor, any
> > ideas appreciated. Tomorrow i'll change the oil, maybe
> > gas is leaking into it ?
> > Thanks,
> > Stephan
> > '69 2000
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