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Big Red Mach 1

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  1. I've been dealing with similar on my 300 page long "timing frustrations" thread. If you have a month of free time give it a read. LOL I have the same thing. 11hg vacuum. Smells rich. etc. 4150 platform carb. This ethanol fuel is not good for sure. It ate up my fuel pump pretty quickly. Just replaced that. I need to do all the hoses as well. I didn't see you mention your fuel pressure. If your timing was off and it was backfiring, you almost definitely blew a power valve. I idle at 1000 which drops to about 850 foot on the brake in drive. My Hg drops to 9. So a 4.5 power valve it is. If it's blown, or way too high for your vacuum reading it will bleed fuel into the idle circuit. My base timing is up to 18 with no pinging, and this has helped also. I'm getting there, but it's taken a long time with a lot of good suggestions and help from the guys on here.
  2. Get well soon!! Personally, I've business traveled this whole year and been fortunate enough to not come down with it yet. Probably been in 20 different cities, in 6 different states. That's a lot of meetings, flights, rental cars, hotel rooms, and all food coming from either a restaurant or Grubhub. I'm pretty convinced that the ONLY things that have kept me from getting COVID are Masks, More frequent hand washing, and boosting up on Vitamins C, D and Zinc. I could not agree more that you should definitely wear a mask. We had our monthly Cars and Coffee meet-up yesterday morning. I was one of VERY FEW people wearing a mask. Needless to say, I was pretty disappointed. Yes, we were outside which helps, but still with around 100 people there, and a lot of close contact long conversations, the risk was certainly there, and just by the numbers someone there most likely had it. It's a bummer to see how many people refuse to be slightly inconvenienced enough to wear one, and how many refuse to for political purposes also.
  3. Love that Grabber Lime. You can always send her here to Arizona for the winter. I'll take good care of her for you. ;-) I'm from Ohio originally. Sucks that the Buckeyes had a second game cancelled due to COVID, but that's how it goes these days. I was really hoping for a shot at the 'Natty this year, but maybe not. :(
  4. Got the new fuel pump on. Good thing I needed to change the oil anyway because the oil filter had to come off to give me some room. The A/C compressor and PS pump block all access from the top. Every time I see a non-A/C car under hood photo I'm jealous of all the room they have. That A/C compressor is a beast. I took the time to install the new T-Meyer fitting that lets you run the higher flow oil filter. I do have a leak at the back of the PS pump where the fitting enters the pump. Probably just a seal. Gonna need to address that at a different time. Have not fired it up yet. My oil on hand is Amsoil marine 20-50. I run it in my Windsor with zero issues. But have not decided if I want to run that or not in this Cleveland. Probably will. Before I lower her back down, I'm going to drain the tranny fluid and change the filter. Then I'll throw oil in her and fire her up. Should have results tomorrow. BTW- The fuel pump on the car was no longer a Holley. Same OEM type like these Carters and Delphi pumps. At some point the Holley must have finally bit the bullet on Eddie before he sold it. These darn things don't last do they? We have ethanol fuel out here, so that probably makes it even worse.
  5. No worries John. I figured it was worth a quick 3 second investigation of your new pump before you put it in and hooked it up. Let us know how it goes. I hope to get my Delphi pump here tomorrow, and will still be checking for this before I put it in.
  6. Hey Jpaz, Watch this video and look at the comments. I'd inspect that Carter before you put it in. Seems like quite a few people running into this with their pumps. Skip to 2 minutes in the video.
  7. While waiting on the new fuel pump I decided to inspect the fuel filter (was fine), then bypassed it and the Summit regulator. Just wanted to eliminate them from the equation and not have any surprises. Max I could get running straight from the FP to the carb was just under 4. RPM's didn't change the reading either. Within 2-3 minutes all the pressure bleeds off, but carb bowls remain at the right level. Gotta have a hole in the diaphragm as suspected. EDIT - Also just looked underneath and what do you know. Starting to leak externally. Just a drop, but it's there.
  8. Is that coolant sitting in the rim of your can in the 2nd photo Geoff?
  9. I signed up for an account, and still could not find a place to enter the discount code.
  10. That's some crazy timing right there. Good thing your leak was external and you noticed it right away though. Since we have a Carter and Delphi both going in from Rock Auto at the same time, we'll have to remember this post and see which one lives longer. LOL
  11. I'll do that. I know they can be re-built and it may be worth doing for sure if they don't make these anymore.
  12. They can. Although the external leak is far more common. But like I said, I don't have an external leak. I do have fuel in the oil and super inconsistent fuel pressure though. Could be a bad diaphram, but they way it's on and off, I'm actually wondering if it might not be the springs on the arm. I'll find out once I pull it.
  13. "A fuel pump with a defective diaphragm may be torn or have developed holes from wear. These tears or holes allow fuel to escape past the diaphragm and exit the fuel pump housing. A leaking fuel pump can be noticed as fuel droplets or puddles on the ground and a strong smell of gasoline when the car is running." Boy, that sentence in red jumps right out. Anyone that knows my "Timing Frustrations" thread knows that I've been chasing this from day 1 of brining the car home. Also the lack of being able to dial in a carb (your pick of 3 different ones now) and keep it dialed in.
  14. I went ahead and ordered this Delphi unit from Rock Auto as well. I didn't see where anything else was worthy of extra $ or wait. Thanks!!
  15. Right??? I'm not having the leaking issue he was, unless it's internal. Just very inconsistent fuel pressure even with a Summit regulator. I have had fuel in the oil, but always assumed that was from washing down the cylinders. Maybe not.
  16. What do you like and why? Carter, Holley? Something different? Links appreciated too. Thanks!
  17. Mine are either stainless or have been plated. They seem stiff as hell to me. But that could also be the hinges themselves. I have not fully investigated. I'm not a fan of the shiny springs though. I'd prefer something that looked a little more OEM.
  18. Mine don't work either. Definitely going to keep this thread in mind when I get to them.
  19. Thanks Don C. I always assumed this stuff was very acidic. Don't know why. I thought I used to remember warnings on the old labels about not leaving it in your system too long. This would have been 20+ years ago though. Maybe the old stuff was. I was looking for something non-toxic and non acidic so I can leave it in there for a bit to really clean like crazy. Sounds like this will do the trick. Thanks!
  20. Well, my kit came. I spent a little extra and bought the one in the hard case. I like all my specialty tools in hard cases and always buy them that way if it's an option. ...The results are in....Per my test tonight, it does not look like I have any combustion gasses entering my cooling system (still knocks on wood anyway). Got her up to temp. Watched the thermostat open up at the proper temp with my laser thermometer. Then tested once. Color stayed as blue as it was in the bottle. Squeezed the little ball until it wouldn't take air anymore. Did it 4 or 5 times. Then shut off the car for a couple of minutes. Let it heat soak for a few, fired it up again, let her run, and did it again 4 or 5 times. No change in the color at all. What I do believe I need is a good flush. There is definitely a lot of gunk in the system as shown before. It's not oily. Just a green/brown residue. Going to flush the hell out of her this weekend. I'll bet this helps tremendously. You guys use the Simple Green for flushes? What's everyone like to flush with?
  21. Yup. Still hoping I don't have to do it. But if I do, it will definitely be yet another time I'll wish this car did not have A/C.
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