Message text written by "Adam C Beasley"
>Now for the new problem... I was planning to finally drive my car to work
for the first time since I got it. over 6 months ago. She was running
I went for a 25 or so mile trip with some stop and go and a lot of open
road. She ran great! I got home, cleaned the interior and then my garage.
I was about to park her for the night but decided to take one last trip
around the neighborhood. She started fine but a little hesitant like she
still cold. I drove down a hill in second, turned around and started back
up, shifted to second and after about 100 feet she all the sudden lost
power. When I took my food off the accelerator she almost died but
recovered. I struggled to get her back in the garage and she backfired a
couple times but not bad. I checked the timing. dead on. Pulled the plug
wires individually while she was running to check for a change. all of them
seemed to be firing. Reved the engine, she came down and RPM's dropped to
about 500 and then back up. Checked timing, dead on. Switched points,
rotor, and condenser. retimed, reved and same result.
I also checked the fuel pump screen and it clean.
Any ideas? I'm thinking that I might have water or something in my fuel???
The dip in idle speed and the subsequent recovery is typical of an
operating vacuum retard which your car has (or should have). The
sputtering may be a fuel flow problem. Even though the screen in the pump
is clean there may still be an obstruction to fuel flow. The easiest
thinkg to test is a blocked tank vent. Try driving with the gas cap ajar.
If the problem still persists you may have to check fuel flow from the
pump. Work the manual lever on the pumpand fill the carbs. Disconnect the
fuel line at the front carb and hold it over a container to catch the fuel.
Have someone start the engine and see how healthy the fuel squirts from
the hose. It should fairly gush. If it dribbles then there is a
restriction and it may be in the tank, in the lines from the tank to the
pump or the line from the pump to the carbs.
If you think there is water in the tank try adding some gas line antifreeze
(alcohol) which will mix with the water and clear it out. If there is a
lot of water (which I doubt since water is heavier than water and the car
wouldn't run at all) you may have to pump out the tank.
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