Perhaps the most mysterious Engine problem ever! lol
whoever can figure this one out, i'll owe ya big time! haha
1985 Ford F-150
2 bbl carb
always had problems with stalling out, especially cold weather
driving with 2 feet is second nature to me in that truck. LoL! one for the brake, and one for the gas to keep the RPM's up when coming to a stop or in cold weather (and no it just doesnt need an idle adjustment, believe me, its not as simple as that lol)
just put a new fuel pump on, new plugs, wires are only 2 years old, same with distributor parts, air filter and pcv breather just replaced, also 2 weeks ago we yanked off the crappy azz stock 2 barrel carb and put on a holley 4 barrel 600 cfm carb. the new carb didn't have all the vaccum lines for the emissions in 85, so.....we yanked off all the emissions stuff, EGR plate, smog pump, etc. so eliminated all those vaccum lines associated with the pollution control. truck never passed emissions anyway and picked up some power.
twice so far (once before the new carb, and once after)
truck was warmed up, drove somewhere, it sat for about 15-20 minuts, go to start it back up and nothing
jumped it....nothing....it'll crank but wont kick over
starter fluid...nothing...crank but no start over
check the coil with my volt tester, shows its getting power
pull a spark plug, put it back in the boot, and have somebody crank the truck so i can see if i'm getting spark. truck fires right up on 7 cylinders!
shut it down, put the plug back in, and she starts right up but with a NASTY valve tap (never had a tap before, except these 2 times, and it only does it for about 5 minutes)
keep in mind that exact situation happened TWICE! once before the new carb, and once after. pull a plug and it fires right up. WTF could it be? haha
it has my mechanics stumped here...but maybe somebody can shed some light or suggestions for me.
probably taking the 4 barrel carb back and going for holley fuel injection too, but i doubt that'll solve the whole problem
Thanks in advance....i challenge somebody to solve this one! haha
Not sure about the funky starting but the last one I had that I HAD to drive with both feet (I do anyway) was a '71 Torino with a 302 in it. Changed everything on the motor at least 3 times including carbs, nothing would keep it running. Finally sold the car and the guy pulled the motor, cam was broke in 2 places. Still ran and plenty of power, to this day I'm not sure why tho.
Sounds like your ignition module is the most likely culprit here but it could also be in the throttle position sensor.
Did the new carb solve the cold idle/stalling problem, or are we trying to figure that out, too?
The starting problem is your ignition module. The coincidence with pulling off the spark plug was just that, a coincidence. You can test it next time it's cold by hitting the module with a hair dryer on low for a few minutes, and then see if it starts. If it won't, it's the module.
Well, you have done a pretty good job so far of trying to single out the problem. I would have to say that it could only be a few more things. First, try the ignition module. Second, have the timing checked by someone that would know what it should be set on. Does the engine turn over slowly when cranking it, kinda like the battery is almost dead? If so, then it could definately be the timing. I have a 93 F-150 w/ 302 and I have about 198000 miles. At about 150000 miles, I had to put a new timing chain and gears in the engine. I have heard of similar problems before when the distributor shaft was broken. Also, I dont know about a Holley, but on an Edelbrock I have, if a certain vacuum line isnt hooked up or plugged off where it cant suck air, then engine will die. Hope something here helps.
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