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Old 10-22-2011, 10:53   #1 (permalink)
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Howdy i have a 1985 FORD F150 XLT Lariat 302hp 8cly 2wd,

it has new fuel lines, fuel pump, fuel filter, Idle control valve, spark plugs, battery, distributor, starter, solenoid, you name it, its new, and it still struggles to start

it turns like a dream and right when its about to start, if i even touch the gas pedal a little bit, it shuts off.

it wants to start but just seems shy since it has all new parts!! XD

but can anyone suggest wut i can do to help her get fired up again?

Here is a YOUTUBE video of what the truck is doing, just made it 5mins ago.

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Old 10-22-2011, 12:06   #2 (permalink)
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Really dont know anything about that year / model but will try to help . Have you checked the choke flap is working o.k ? Apparently some of those cars had an "electric assist" choke. Found this " Look at your choke cap and see if there is a metal tab or prong that a wire can attach to. Ford used an "electric assist" choke wire in addition to the "hot air" choke on some models. " Could it apply to yours and maybe the wire is off and shorting causing the rev counter to go crazy when trying to start ? My suggestion could be a load of crap , but wont take long to checkout .Best I can come up with to help .
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Old 10-22-2011, 12:35   #3 (permalink)
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i know when i press the gas pedal the caps open up,

even tried to put starter fluid in there, and struggled to stay on. fuel pump is running strong and can see fuel going through the fuel line, but the truck just wont start.
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Old 10-22-2011, 17:10   #4 (permalink)
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noticed that the RPM need goes from 0 to 60+ automatically, im sure before it never did that, what could be causing that?
and could that be the startup issue?
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Try this and see if you get anything. Ford Fuel Injection � How To Run a Self-Test
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Old 10-23-2011, 16:13   #6 (permalink)
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Ya know I might be all wet, but it sounds like the timing is not exactly right. If you replaced the distributor you might want to back track. Check all the sparkplug wires, check the distributor to make sure that the rotor is pointing to #1 when the piston is all the way up.
Maybe or maybe not. Always worth a try.
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