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Old 11-21-2019, 05:29 PM
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I installed an electric fuel pump, in-line with the mechanical and only use it to pump gas to the carb. start the car and flip the electric pump switch off. It beats using a half a can of starter fluid.
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:33 PM
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If you're having to go thru any starter fluid there's a problem somewhere
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:45 PM
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BillK,
Please keep me posted on how you make out with this.
I have the starting problem also if the cars sits for a day or so. Have to crank it for a couple seconds first. But once it starts, it will restart immediately any time after that. Unless it sits for a day or so again.
FYI:I might live near you. I live by between Houston/Galveston
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Old 11-21-2019, 05:53 PM
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The secondary metering well plugs are leaking, and it will need a new float. You can seal the plugs with a good fuel proof epoxy and the kit will come with an additional sponge to help seal as well. They leak fuel into the intake manifold and the extended cranking is from the fuel pump refilling the fuel bowl. But in my opinion, Fuel injection is best. new ones are easy to install and They run so much better. The down fall is price... The driving experience is worth it.
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Old 11-21-2019, 07:27 PM
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Hey Vinny, I'm in Rosenberg. Where specifically are you?
That's a very nice ride you have.
I did notice you are still running the stock wheels, but the tires appear to be bigger/wider tires than original.
I've wanted to put bigger/wider tires on my car, but don't want to give up my stock wheels.
How did you manage the tire/wheel combination you have?
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Hey, I have a suggestion. I had the same problem along with other problems with my carb.
It would crank, it would stall, I took it to several mechanics all they did was empty my wallet.
I was at a speedometer expert and told him of all my problems with the carb and I did not know where to take it that I could trust. It was my best day when he told me to take it to Allen Bills at S and S Performance at 3429 Frick Rd. Houston Texas 77086 tel: 281 445 7996. When I first met Allen, just talking to him I knew he was the person I was looking for to help me solve my problem. He had over 100 carbs sent to him to fix,
There were 3 other customers with carbs in hand to drop off for repair. I drove my 1983 El CAMINO to him
told him to call me when it was fixed. He fixed it and it cranked first time every time. It was a happy day for me. I have not taken my Elk to anyone else, period. He is the best in Texas. Other mechanic take their problem cars to Allen. Allen is great he has several patents relating to carbs. He does not advertise, he does not need to, he is always busy, donít expect it to be fixed quick, he is always busy. He in my opinion the best. People from other states send their problems to Allen. He is the greatest, he solved my problem.
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Has anyone mentioned changing the mechanical fuel pump? The diaphragm will decay and leak fuel backward through the line after a day or two of sitting.
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Old 11-22-2019, 08:50 AM
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BillK,

Don't want to hijack this thread, but to answer your tire question the are 215/75R14 mounted on stock rims. No clearance problems.
I am in Friendswood. Not that far from you.
Please let me know how you make out with the carb. As someone suggested I might try the fuel pump first. Easy/cheap.
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Old 11-22-2019, 08:55 AM
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Thanks, Vinny. They just looked bigger than that.
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The fuel pump thing sounds interesting.
I'd like to hear from others about this fuel pump thought
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Bill , I live in fort bend county too. You car does not need emissions testing no matter what plate you have on it. It is over 24 years old. Yes the gas could be flowing back from fuel pump. You can buy an external fuel filter with a check valve and see if that stops your problem.
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Old 11-24-2019, 07:23 PM
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Hello that is normal for most all chevys in 80's Crank for about a second or to, then stop pump accelerator several times hold to floor and start cranking again. it should crank they were bad about loosing prime in the 80's. worked for G M and they were bad about that sitting on the shipping lot for a few days when new. Hope that helps.
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I sure didn't have that sort of cranking problem with my 84 El !
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Old 11-25-2019, 10:43 AM
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I also had that problem , I scrapped the smog junk & computer & installed an EB carb & int. manifold & vacuum dist , that helped but still had the problem so I rebuilt the charcoal can but still have gas fumes in garage but no leaks , part of the problem is Ethanal fuel , bad for all carbs , makes the needle valves stick open & gas runs into the engine when not running . I tried using Seafoam fuel treatment & Ethanol free fuel , helped for a while but doing it again , I also changed out all rubber fuel lines to ethanol proof fuel lines . I tried all these things now I'm trying ethanol free fuel & Seafoam together . stay tuned .
It seems to be working so far , I never had to crank the starter for more than 10 seconds about 3 times , as soon as the fuel pump filled up the float bowls it would start right up always after sitting for many weeks .now the fumes seem to be gone & it starts right up .
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Old 11-25-2019, 03:20 PM
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Having to crank a starter for 10 seconds is still not right ! Its better than cranking for 20 seconds but still not right !
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