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My 54's hiccup.
#1217763 Thu May 18 2017 07:53 PM
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Master Gabster
I had some issues with the truck on the way back from Stovebolt HQ which I think I mentioned in a post. Well, today I decided to exercise the 54. I backed it out of the garage and drove it about 1/2 block and I just stopped. I reached down and turned the key and it started right up. I then drove about 5 miles and stopped for about 15 minutes while played with a friend's dog. Then I drove it about 6 blocks and it quit again and would not restart. I tried the usual pump the pedal, choke it fiddle with carbs which looked dry. I could not find the switch for the backup fuel pump. A number of people stop and offered help, one even said the truck was too nice to be on the side of the road. Finally, i checked the fuel filter it looked empty, so i tapped on it then decided to call Motor club. I Hesitated and decided to try one more time, it started so I started home and made it. I think it is the fuel filter. I did find the fuel pump switch. The ride from HQ was rough at times I think it kept the filter shook up. Scary to think of it stalling in the middle of an intersection the way people around here run lights frequently.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
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Re: My 54's hiccup.
WE b OLD #1218772 Fri May 26 2017 02:20 PM
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It could be something with the fuel or it could be something with the electronics

One thing to prove out is your ground wire needs cleaned and tightened and the bounce of the road might be making it connect and disconnect.










Re: My 54's hiccup.
WE b OLD #1218784 Fri May 26 2017 03:52 PM
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Master Gabster
I am going out to change the filter and will check that. thanks. I went out and changed the filter. Checked battery cables and ground all looks good. Filter look nasty. It does not get driven enough that is why I hesitate to buy another. Maybe if I had a significant other that wanted to go places. Nah! Had one that was enough. grin

Last edited by WE b OLD; Fri May 26 2017 05:45 PM.

Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: My 54's hiccup.
WE b OLD #1218866 Sat May 27 2017 03:48 AM
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Master Gabster
Ron, does your tank have the fuel fitting at the bottom of the tank, or does the tube come out of the sending unit at the top of the tank?

Re: My 54's hiccup.
WE b OLD #1218898 Sat May 27 2017 11:56 AM
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Master Gabster
The top. Could a plugged vent tube cause that?


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: My 54's hiccup.
WE b OLD #1218902 Sat May 27 2017 12:38 PM
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Plugged vent tube and a non-vented cap (a vented cap was standard)?

A collapsing rubber tube on the small piece of flexible hose between the tank and fuel pump?


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Re: My 54's hiccup.
WE b OLD #1218909 Sat May 27 2017 02:07 PM
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Master Gabster
Aftermarket tank in the rear.


Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: My 54's hiccup. AGAIN!!
WE b OLD #1218942 Sat May 27 2017 08:24 PM
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Master Gabster
OK, here I go again. There is a car show a 1 1/2 miles from the house, Corvette Club, and others. Well, the truck will not start and it ran yesterday after I changed the fuel filter. There is fuel in the filter. the plugs are dry. It did run for a very very short time today. It stalled and did not want to start again. I just got an idea. Did not work, I poured gas in the carbs and NOTHING. Must me electrical or is there something else to try? Is there a way one person can the check the spark? HELP!!!!

Last edited by WE b OLD; Sat May 27 2017 08:25 PM.

Ron, The Computer Greek
I love therefore I am.

1960 MGA Roadster Sold 7/18/2017
1954 3100 Chevy truck in the Gallery
2017 Buick Encore
Pix on Photobucket
Re: My 54's hiccup. AGAIN!!
WE b OLD #1218944 Sat May 27 2017 08:51 PM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
Hey Ron, get out of the Spoon and post in the engine forum. More technical help there. Hang in there buddy help will be along shortly.šŸ› 


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Re: My 54's hiccup. AGAIN!!
WE b OLD #1218960 Sun May 28 2017 12:04 AM
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Grease Monkey, Moderator General Truck Talk & Greasy Spoon
I know you have probably posted it elsewhere and many times but please tell us about your engine. Displacement, ignition and carburetor. This will let us pin the problem down. Testing for spark by yourself is tricky and I would hesitate if I wasn't a pretty good mechanic. It may sound weird but get a long piece of electric wire and insert it in the end of any plug wire. Run the wire back to the driver seat and hold on to the end while you crank the engine. If it knocks you for a loop you've got spark.šŸ› 


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
ā€˜65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (Iā€™m #2)
ā€˜39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe
USAF 1965-69 Weather Observation Tech (got paid to look at the clouds)


"I fought the law and the law won" now I are a retired one!
Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line"! Hug a cop!

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