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Old 08-17-2013, 15:01   #1 (permalink)
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I have a 1960 Tbird with a 352 engine. Every year I started this vehicle I would have to put a little gas in the carborator to get it started. This year it would not start at all. I installed a new fuel pump, and still will not get any gas to carb. What can be the problem. I did get gas out of the fuel line when I installed it to the new fuel pump, but like I said no gas coming out of the new fuel pump either. Can someone give me some solution to this problem. Thanks, hpdavidson.
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Old 08-18-2013, 05:51   #2 (permalink)
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It's toast. You'll have to give it to me and get another.

Ok, seriously, unless your fuel filter is plugged (I'm assuming this has been checked) either you have a leak in the fuel line from the tank or fouling of the system resulting in a plugged fuel line. I'm leaning towards a leak, since you were able to previously start it by essentially priming it, but to rule out a problem between the pump and the carb, try hooking a temporary hose on the suction of the pump and drop it in a gas can and see if the pump will pull from there. If it does, we're looking at the line to the tank or the tank. How much gas is in the tank and do you use a stabilizer in the winter?
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Thanks Sir, for the info about the 60 Tbird issue. I was thinking too that it can be a plugged fuel line, yet gas came out of the fuel line from the tank when I hooked it up to the new fuel pump, but the pressure seemed a little low coming out of the fuel line. I don't think it may be a leak because I see no fuel on the garage floor under the car. If the fuel line is plugged as you indicate, what is the best way to clear the fuel line. I do have a air compressor. Thanks. hpdavidson
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Depending on the path of the fuel line, the leak may siphon back to the tank. If the line is building corrosion, you're probably better off replacing the whole line. If the source of the blockage is not from the line, then you may have some sludge in the bottom of the tank. With a little bit of tape and a can of canned air (for blowing out electronics), you can try blowing back through the fuel line. Canned air is inert and low pressure/low volume, so it'll be safer than compressed air, just not as efficient in clearing blockage. If you test it with a friend, you can also listen for leaks and bubbling in the tank.
Have you tried verifying that the fuel pump will pump to the carb? What about the filter?
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I know this is late, but if your replacement fuel pump had replaceable fittings you probably have them swapped (inlet fitting on pumps outlet and outlet fitting on inlet) essentially pushing fuel back to the tank. If so, swap the fittings on the pump, then hook the fuel lines back up. Should now start.
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