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  1. pishta

    pishta I know I'm right....

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    No gas in the pump on a carterbrock? The fuel fills it by flowing into it by a slot in the side that ties it to the driver side fuel bowl. Are you sure your floats are adjusted? If they are very low, the fuel will never get to the level of the "spillover" slot of the accelerator pump well.

    PS> it also may fill via the "pump intake check valve" located at front bottom of fuel well, I think it depends on year.
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  2. Tadams

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    Carburetor was rebuilt by a company in Texas. This is all they do is carbs. After I paint this week ill get back to the carburetor. Thanks for the help.
     
  3. AJ/FormS

    AJ/FormS 68 B'cuda fb, Form S clone ... 367/A833/3.55s

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    So, any update yet?
     
  4. Tadams

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    I have the car stripped and primered. Haven't addressed the starting again. I know it is something simple, so I will get back to that once paint is complete. Thanks
     
  5. bowtiehunter

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    From what I've read so far you haven't said if your motor is trying to start or spinning without any sign of fire. When your trying to start with the key, your running 12volts to the distributor and if you are getting your timing light to work while cranking than you have fire.. Also if your priming the carb with fuel by dumping directly into the carb, than the condition of carb doesn't matter at this point. If it was starting than dying out when it ran out of fuel that you dumped into the carb, than you start looking at fuel delivery.. Someone above talked about valve timing and I would have to agree, assuming everything you have said in above treads is accurate. Good luck..
     
  6. Dartswinger70

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    This is good. it will rule out electrical and timing/compression if the engine fires. In other words, this is what I do all the time, you don't neeed tools or take things apart just spray down the carb and see what happens LOL. But not too much, it will flood/load up. Quick troubleshooting is what it is. If no BOOM! you know its bad spark, even bad compression/timing is going to pop out the carb/exhaust. :)
     
  7. Mopar Tim

    Mopar Tim FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    It has the new accelerator pump. Didn't try to start, just turned over. I may have flooded it. At present I am preparing for the paint job so have removed the radiator and hoses. Not really trying to start it for a few more weeks
    thanks for the advice. I'll let you know when I try to start it again
     
  9. jeryst

    jeryst Well-Known Member

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    Occam's Razor states "The simplest explanation is usually the most correct".

    Compression just doesnt go away by itself, so if it doesnt start with starting fluid, then it's likely an electrical issue. You mentioned that it was running before you worked on the dash, so I'd start there.
     
  10. AJ/FormS

    AJ/FormS 68 B'cuda fb, Form S clone ... 367/A833/3.55s

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    Starting fluid can dry up cylinders in a hurry, to the point of affecting the ring-seal and thus, compression. It is afterall a solvent. Now there may not be a gallon of it in every can, but you get the idea. If the engine doesn't fire up right away, the compression cycle will force some of it past the rings,into the crankcase, taking the oil from the rings with it. After several cycles it is possible to have enough combustible mixture in there to fuel quite an explosion.Not to mention the possibility of explosions in the exhaust systems. I have witnessed a few of those.
    I can give this tidbit; do not be leaning over with your face above the carb when you spray that stuff. It takes several weeks for your nose hairs to grow back, and it can be very itchy until they get long enough! I couldn't get out of the way fast enough and I was young and fit at the time.
    I don't use that stuff anymore.
     
  11. Tadams

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    Thanks everyone, once I finish painting I'll get back to the starting issue. I'm certain it is something simple. The car ran very well before.
     
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