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Old 08-01-2018, 05:06 PM
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Could be!

I only tried twice for a few moments each.
And then a third time a few hours later again for just a few moments.

So hope not but yes it's possible!!

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And there is a real possibility that you flooded the engine while repeatedly trying to restart it.
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Yes both times it died was when I was in stop and go traffic and either I was in the process of stopping or I was already stopped. This actually happened 3 times - the 3 times I drove it thus far since owning. Lastly, it was raining all 3 times.
Does your Temp gauge work? Did you notice where the needle pointed when the car died?

I'll stick my neck out here and say, if you don't have a fuel issue then your problem may be a bad coil or ballast resistor or loose wiring to those components. Heat expands and moves things, especially copper. Five minutes isn't enough time to warm up electrical components. Again, when this stall happens I would want to check for ignition spark (and fuel).

A coil at NAPA auto parts store costs ~$30 (Part #MPE IC10SB)
A ballast resistor at NAPA auto parts store costs ~$5.50 (Part#MPE ICR11SB). Other auto parts stores may offer them for a lower price. These parts are easy to install.

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if the distributor/points assembly was set up poorly, it is a wonder the car ran at all, let alone smoothly.

Basic rule of life for old cars: assume nothing. Take nothing for granted.

They were well designed and well made but age, rust and suspect mechanics all take their toll. You never know where.

Driving such a car is only part of the adventure. Getting to where you can do that reliably, is also part of the adventure.

I remember not having many (any?) lights when I went for the first ride. No problem . . .I'll check out the fuse box. Much later . . . what fuse box? Horn? only blew if I pressed on one side of it. Did it run cool? sure! The temp gauge never budged from T since the ground was all crud. And on and on.

The many members of Squarebirds have all experienced different parts of the latter, and can share alot, as you have seen.

Good luck!

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Labor $200
Parts $118

(PARTS)
Starter Cable - $25
Starter Solinoid (Ford Motorcraft) - $60
Points - $19
Condencer - $15 (what's a condencer?)

(LABOR)
Replace points, condencer, and set timing, fix carb - $100
Install starter cable and solinoid, charge battery - $100

I suppose this is $100/hr labor with 2 hours work
Wow!
They sound like New Zealand prices - and our dollar is only worth about 67 US cents!

Persevere, youíll get there in the end - and youíve already replaced items that may (or may not!) have caused problems.
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Iím surprised your starter still works OK given that it seems like it would have been trying to start the motor when it was already running?
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The gauge was just slightly to the right, beyond center towards "H". The gauge stayed toward the colder side for most of the trip maybe around the 1/3 mark. So it actually DID move but it didn't get into a zone that looked alarming. This doesn't mean that the gauge is functioning properly I guess but just an observation.

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Yeah pretty costly!!

I am surprised too based on what everyone is saying. I believe that (knock on wood) the issue with the car trying to start itself is resolved. It hasn't done that again since the repairs were made. So perhaps that was resolved by changing the starter cable, the starter solenoid, the carb adjustment, or the distributor points/cap adjustment. Here's hoping.

Maybe it is possible the oil light coming on and the car stalling is a separate issue. Plus the fact that the car doesn't start now. Maybe after this next round of (expensive) fixes I'll have a clean bill of health.

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Wow!
They sound like New Zealand prices

Iím surprised your starter still works OK given that it seems like it would have been trying to start the motor when it was already running?
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I'm not surprised by the bill. Your location is an exclusive enclave considered the Gold Coast. Of course we can find people of varying resources in every location.

Possibly send over a large cheese pizza or two .
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There are two places in the US that I will never have my car serviced.

Chicago - I'm from Chicago but grew up in Detroit. Chicago mechanics charge two grand, no matter what is wrong with your engine. They don't bat an eye, either. I tell my relatives and friends in Cook County to bring their car to Wisconsin or Indiana where prices are more down to Earth.

Boston - Again, these guys charge top dollar for everything. They are more slick than Chicagoans. They make you feel like they're doing you a favor before they drop the bomb. Saying things like, 'Hey, I like you and I'm going to give you our rock bottom price just so you can trust me...' Many customers never see it coming and they gladly pay because they simply don't know any different.

Over the years, I have found people who expect to pay high prices for their car repairs. This seemed odd to me but if they didn't pay a lot, somehow they felt their car wasn't in tip-top condition. After paying a huge bill, they felt much more confident in their car. Some things are beyond me like lines of customers waving their $40 for a rag doll called 'Cabbage Patch' or the five million who paid $3.95 for a 'Pet Rock' with paint on it. - Dave
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For future repairs there is always the option of obtaining cost estimates first.

I am guessing that at some point the OP might have reasoned

oh, why not or

give it a try, something I've never done before on taking on this car.

Certainly brave to just hop in and go, not knowing what is ahead, in my opinion, not knowing the car and it's condition.

So with the car at the shop, this may or may not be an opportunity to drop off a disposable camera and ask how much it would be to put the car on a ramp lift and photograph the underbody.

I for one surely hope for the best possible outcome.
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since we are talking New York State, possibly valuable reading from the state is here:

https://dmv.ny.gov/brochure/know-you...ts-auto-repair
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