It cranks fine but I can't get my ride to start!!!

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Re: It cranks fine but I can't get my ride to start!!!

Postby spencerforhire » Sun Oct 04, 2015 8:54 pm

I'm not sure how gas that was good on August 15th could go bad by September 24th.
The "fleet"-
77 Vega Estate wagon- project(someday)will have TPI305/T-5, S-10 spindles/axles
72 Vega HB Drag Car -383/'Glide/9"(9.35@146.19)(5.94@117.28 1/8th)
76 Vega GT- 400/4spd/9" retired from active duty(rusty)
03 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (work truck/parts hauler)
04 Silverado 2WD ex.cab (retired)
06 Haulin' 20ft enclosed car transporter
93 Suburban- 350/4L60(retired)
00 Saturn SW2- wife's car
01 Saturn SC2- younger son's project
00 Saturn SL2- daughter's car
98 Saturn SW2- spare
and 3 more Saturn "parts cars"
Note- the very act of listing all of these has made me realize I have some kind of problem.....

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Re: It cranks fine but I can't get my ride to start!!!

Postby bigguy5994 » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:36 pm

Let me clarify- there still was gas in the tank from the time (about 18 months) which I did not drain and did not clean the carb from sitting so long. My mechanic nephew was the one that told me he thought that was a big part of the problem. All I care about is that it is running again and I can drive my beast again-
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Re: It cranks fine but I can't get my ride to start!!!

Postby bigguy5994 » Sat Oct 24, 2015 10:28 am

Well, in spite of my good intentions and anticipation about getting the Beast back on the road it don't look like it is going to happen. I drove it maybe three times and then I just about did not make it home. Cutting out and felt like no compression and just overall tired of messing with the stock 2.3 fourbanger. Can't do much for a few months but looking at just a good old Chevy small block with automatic tranny- No big hot rodding stuff or anything else but just a daily driver that I could drive anywhere.
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Re: It cranks fine but I can't get my ride to start!!!

Postby SeniorSavage » Sat Oct 24, 2015 3:31 pm

fresh gas is imperative to get it running .. also, are you certain that the distributor is not installed 180 degrees out ? .. or a tooth off ?
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1975 Buick Skyhawk 3.8 V6 turbo - total restore ongoing (soon!)
1980 Buick Riviera 5.7 Olds 350 Rocket - restored daily driver
1984 GMC G30 5.7 350 Chevy sbc 20' Okanagan motorhome - for tight spots
1996 Fleetwood Bounder 35' Ford 460 TBI motorhome - for not-so-tight spots
2004 Harley-Davidson Heritage Classic 88ci 1450cc. - custom original.
2007 Ford Escape XLT 3.0 V6 AWD (wifes truck) - working original.
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Re: It cranks fine but I can't get my ride to start!!!

Postby bigguy5994 » Sun Oct 25, 2015 7:24 am

I had not touched the distributor since I bought the Beast in 2008. The only things I had done was putting a new carburetor on it and the problem I had with the wiring. Several people had suggested changing the fuel filter so I tried doing that yesterday but where the fuel line attached to the big nut on the side the Ferrell nut was boogered up bad and would not come off so I just took the carb off in one piece and left it alone from there. I am not adverse to leaving the 140 in it but also like the idea of a small block with an automatic tranny. Biggest hurdle for me now is the $$$$$$!!!
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Re: It cranks fine but I can't get my ride to start!!!

Postby dindin » Mon Oct 26, 2015 1:37 pm

make sure you are getting fuel before deciding on changing out the motor..

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