I think the reason she’s not getting enough fuel is the fuel pump is half shot. She was able to limp me home after I got stuck in town again for the 4th time. I am not a mechanic, but I figure things out pretty quick. I know very little about carb overhauls. I know how they work and stuff.
The problem with the fuel pumps has been getting progressively worse. I am thinking a vent is still my problem unless someone who didn’t like my bumper stickers on my car put something in my tank. I don't have the room or desire to take the fuel tank off.
The fuel lines from the tank to the firewall all look good. I can’t see the metal ones from mid-body to the firewall, but I’d have to rip apart the body to get at those. I have replaced all of the lines from the firewall to the carb. No stains around the only 2 pieces that aren’t metal under the car – one at the tank and 1 just aft of the front- passenger door. Both look old but are solid. No dirt in the fuel filter so that’s also good. No charcoal filter that I can find, just the fuel filter.
Weary is not the word for me now. I have been able to fully restore this car and after 12 years, she’s no longer dependable. As a family we’ve out grown the car and she’s nickel and diming me to death now. I have a small garage, but at this point no time to work on her. Parts are tough to get if not impossible to find, I can’t stick all my kids in this car anymore, and I need something bigger and dependable. If I was retired or I had more time to keep this hobby going I’d keep her and work on her, but my wife and kids would rather see me and not see me under this car.
Since I am not a carb guy, I am unable to diagnose and really don’t want to put any more serious money into the car.
I am going to put the new fuel pump in her this Saturday and see what that does and how she runs. If she runs OK and the rpms stay up, then OK. I will look for vacuum leaks as well.
I do have a potential buyer who is a mechanic, so the future could be possibly better. I’ll post on what happens Saturday.