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Havana, Florida
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Dead Again

By charlieoc

A couple of months ago I had a fuel problem that, after a great deal, was resolved by reseating the coil cable. Easy once you figure it out. Then, a couple weeks ago I took the Austin Healey out for a ride and didn't get more than 1/2 mile before it died on me. Fortunately I was able to start it, drive it a few 100 yards before it stalled, start it, drive it couple......

After I finally got it home I was able to determine that it was a fuel starvation issue - fuel wasn't getting to the carburators. I quickly suspected that there was garbage in the fuel line and that there may be an issue with my gas tank. Taking the fuel sending unit off of the gas tank and shining a light into the tank allowed me to see items floating in the tank and a rusted gas tank bottom.

Rather than refinish the gas tank I decided to replace it and then cleaned the fuel lines - no solida matter in the lines, but there was some residue/dirt on the rag. After assemblying everything, the car runs like it should again.

During restoration I had the gas tank flushed and sealed professionally, but it goes to show you that this doesn't always work. It doesn't take very much to block fuel from getting through to the engine.

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JerryandMary’s Profile Photo
Jul 28, 2009 at 12:31 pm
Hey Charlie
I recently helped a neighbor who was having a fuel problem that sounds just the same. He could start his wagon (old plymouth) and drive for a block or less then leave it set. I pulled some rubber fuel line off to look at it. The inside had swelled up and was blocking the fuel from reaching the pump. All fixed now and he was a nice young man that is working on a strict budger so it was really nice to be able to help him.


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