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Thank you Ray for your help in Registering. Now for my question about a 1960 Thunderbird. When starting the car have to pump gas continually. Idles fine once running back fires through carbuetor upon exceleration then levels out. Is this carb problem,fuel pump problem or vaccum?

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Old 05-21-2012, 10:26 PM
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My first guess would be a choke problem.
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Old 05-21-2012, 11:22 PM
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As Joe said, the choke could be giving you problems. It could just be a matter of getting the carb adjusted correctly also. It would be good to know how long that carb has been on the engine, what work might have been done on it in the past, what carb it is, for that matter. You might check your vacuum lines to make sure they are good and hooked up correctly. Something else you could check is the fuel line. If it has a see through filter on the line, check and see if it is showing a lot of dirt or sediment in it. It could be fuel pump problems but probably not. How old is the gas tank? This could be a number of things, but as Joe said, you might try adjusting the choke settings. If it is the carb, there are rebuild kits available from our Tbird parts houses. As I said, they are all listed in the Advertisements Forums. Call or email them and ask for their free catalogs. Hopefully, more will come along and comment on your questions.
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Ray and Joe thanks for the feedback looks like hubby is going to be busy. New wheel bearings,new brakes,new wheel cylinders,new tuneup,wires,distributer cap,points,plugs,rebuilt generator,rebuilt starter,new fuel pump,carb cleaned and rebuilt (holly),power steering pump rebuilt and new heater hoses. All this was done in 2001.
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Hi and welcome! Just wanted to say that after we installed a new carburetor we had to jet it down for high altitude. Otherwise it ran too rich. It had come from sea level to our high altitude. I pump about five times before a cold start then turn ignition. If I continue to pump it, it will backfire. We did all the adjusts after we jetted it down according to the manual. I don't know if altitude is an issue for you, but thought I would mention it. Deb.
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I have the same problem when I have not started my bird for a while. My problem is that the fuel in the fuel line drains back into the tank. When this happens, I use starting fluid (just spray it into the carburator) and your bird will probably start up...this might take two swings at it though.
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Thanks Phil for the input. New problem my hubby needs help with. The gentleman we bought the car from put in gas with 2 cycle oil mixed in for his grandsons motorcycle by mistake. What is the easiest way to drain this out?

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Thanks Phil for the input. New problem my hubby needs help with. The gentleman we bought the car from put in gas with 2 cycle oil mixed in for his grandsons motorcycle by mistake. What is the easiest way to drain this out?

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There is a drain on the right (passenger side) front bottom corner of the tank. Mine was seized and I ended up rounding my drain plug out so I just disconnected the fuel line coming out of the tank. Be sure to soak the drain plug or fuel line nut with liquid wrench before putting a wrench on it.
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backfire out the carb is a lean condition.

backfire out the exhaust is rich.

Finnicky carbs are what drives people to fuel injection
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If it were me I would use a siphon tool. They are inexpensive and very handy for this kind of thing. (I use to use a garden hose and sucked on the end to get a flow...not fun). I would definately try siphoning the bad fuel out before putting a wench to the tank.
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