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Old 08-21-2015, 07:12 PM
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Originally Posted by simplyconnected View Post
Try a used coil. Sometimes heat affects them when coils fail. Borrow one from a buddy or another car, just to try.
What Dave said, it's my bet too.
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Old 08-22-2015, 10:50 AM
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After 2 tow bills on my '60 with the original tank I'm with Steve (Yadkin) on this one. Mine was very intermittent though - drive it one day and no problems - next day it might quit 3 miles from the house.
If that's a pic of the pick-up on the Bullet birds you guys are lucky - the tank filter/screen is built into the tank on the Squarebird - have to replace the tank.
Wouldn't rule out the other ideas though..... all good ones.....

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Old 08-22-2015, 07:10 PM
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It could be several things, but as John mentioned it could be a possible hairline crack with the float.

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Old 08-25-2015, 11:56 PM
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I got my car back. Mechanic replaced points/condenser with Pertronix electronic ignition. He said points needed to be changed if I hadn't done that anyway. He also fixed timing. He test drove it, said it was fine. I went to pick it up and it didn't start. He got it started. He asked if I was pumping gas a lot when starting after it's already warmed up, which I had been. He said only pump it three times when it's cold (first start). On next start don't need to pump. I test drove it, tried that after shutting it off and letting it sit for 15 minutes, and although it cranked a bit, it started without pumping. Could it be as simple as having been flooding it all along? I had been giving it a lot of gas all those times when I couldn't get it started.
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Old 08-26-2015, 06:25 AM
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Originally Posted by simplyconnected View Post
Every engine requires three elements to work; FUEL, HEAT (spark), and AIR.

Do you smell gas? If it is not burning raw fumes continue out the tail pipe. When you 'pump' the throttle, do you see or hear a squirt of gas going in the carb?
So... you flooded your engine.
Would be nice if you answered our questions. The only info we can go by is what you provide. At first, you thought the engine was starved for gas, which is what vapor lock does. In fact, you were giving it too much gas which would have been very evident by the smell.

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Old 08-26-2015, 08:48 AM
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Your mechanic is correct. When properly tuned you should only need to press on the gas pedal lightly to set the choke when it's cold. That will give a small shot of gas which should be enough to start. When it's hot that's not necessary.

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Old 08-27-2015, 11:48 PM
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Thanks John. I'm too accustomed to modern cars - I haven't dealt with carburetors in a while.
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