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Viin:
Hello engine gurus,

I have a '66 289 that just won't start.

Long story short:

It kicks over with starting fluid down the intake, but dies seconds later no matter where I have the gas pedal positioned. Without the starting fluid it acts as if it gets no gas. It was starting just perfect until it sat in the garage for about 2 months.

Longer story:

When I pump the pedal you can see gas in the intake and the fuel pump seems to be putting out good pressure. I originally thought it might be an ignition problem (the points were in bad shape) so I installed a Ignitor electronic ignition with a new coil. That didn't help, but hey now I have an electronic ignition. The fuel filter was replaced by a previous owner with one of the newer see-through filters and it looks just fine.

Do I need to have the carb rebuilt? Is there another component to look at in all this?

Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

keiken01:
Have you looked at the choke?  Has it started since you put the Ignitor on?  Have you double checked the Ignitor wires, distributor cap and plug wires are on correctly?

jethat:
any chance you got water in the gas tank? kid put the garden hose in there? Stranger thing happen. If it starts when you prime it and you can see the gas going into the carb I would think somethings wrong with the gas.

Viin:

--- Quote from: keiken01 on June 20, 2009, 01:58:43 PM ---Have you looked at the choke?  Has it started since you put the Ignitor on?  Have you double checked the Ignitor wires, distributor cap and plug wires are on correctly?

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The choke is manual, unless it's common to have an automatic choke and a manual choke on the same carb? I haven't seen anything that indicates an automatic choke but I really don't know what I'd be looking for.

The engine does kick over with the Ignitor installed, but only with the starting fluid. I had previously installed new points and condenser but when that didn't work I decided to replace the whole she-bang with the Ignitor + coil setup. I've unplugged and checked the distributor wires and cap, including firing order, probably 5 times now - they aren't more than a few years old and look good.


--- Quote from: jethat on June 20, 2009, 02:15:47 PM ---any chance you got water in the gas tank? kid put the garden hose in there? Stranger thing happen. If it starts when you prime it and you can see the gas going into the carb I would think somethings wrong with the gas.

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I've considered this too - No kid to put a garden hose in the tank, but who knows if water got in there during a high pressure wash or something. I'll try and drain some of the gas in the tank this weekend - with water being heavier than gas I should be able to drain a few gallons and get it all (I hope).

Any other ideas before I get gas all over the place?   ;D

Soaring:
If it kicks with the starting fluid, you have answered your own question.  It's a fuel problem.  It is very likely that when it sat for those few months, that condensation collected inside the tank.  Whenever I used to store mine, I would fill the tank plumb full in order to keep condensation from collecting, plus I put in a bottle of "Sta-Bil."  After you drain a few gallons out the bottom of the tank, add some stuff from the parts house designed to get rid of water in your tank, then add fresh gas.  Take the line loose from the carb and get a can or something to catch the gas, and have someone try to start it while you hold the line over the bucket to catch the gas that is still in the line. 

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