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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-05-2014, 11:53 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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1962 impala 383 stroker dies!

Good evening everyone! I finally got my 1962 impala on the road. 383 stroker, edelbrock heads, cam, air gap intake, holley 650 steet avenger. Car has been running great. This morning, i took it to a local curise. car drove great there. On the way home, I came down a steep grade on the freeway and exited at my offramp. At the bottom of the offramp, my car died. Would not start. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and it started up. Had to keep giving it gas for it to run. Drove it home and parked it in the driveway and let it idle. After a few seconds, the car wanted to turn off again. had to keep giving it gas. Im thinking i have a clogged fuel line. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thnx in advance!
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 08:32 AM
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How old is the gas? Check the carb filter as well. Also check rubber lines at tank and fuel pump. At first I thought you blew up the 383.
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 10:14 AM
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I also was afraid you meant the 383 suffered a terminal failure. Glad its not that.

You could also check the float level in the carb. Do you have a see-through filter between the fuel pump and carb, or a fuel pressure gauge up there? Both are handy and cheap.

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It could be a number of things fuel related, old fuel, rust in tank which could cause the sock to clog up, air leak in fuel line, in properly set fuel bowl, fuel pump on way out.

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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 02:14 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Thnx for the replies! The car has the original fuel tank and hard lines in it. Going to change the tank and hard lines.
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-06-2014, 07:33 PM
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That's a good amount of money and time on a guess. From your description, I don't have high confidence that those 2 things will help. Of course, you would get some future protection from a new tank 'pick-up' & sock though.

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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-07-2014, 08:21 AM
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Dont buy a new tank just have it boiled out if it is dirty. The hard lines you can blow out trash with a small compressor.
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 07:20 AM
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If you have a filter on the fuel line, take that apart and see if you have anything in it. If not, take the needle and seat apart on the carb and look there.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-11-2014, 04:36 PM Thread Starter
 
 
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Good afternoon everyone! Update on my car. Found out my float level on the front of the carb was way off. Took of the bowl, blew it out and put it back on. Adjusted the level and the car runs like a champ! Thnx for all the replies!
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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 07:48 AM
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A person that listens to good advise. Congrats
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post #11 of 11 (permalink) Old 01-12-2014, 01:30 PM
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Good work Joe, and nice feedback as well. congrats!

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