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Old 10-04-2003, 10:19 AM
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1978 Ford Windsor Carb too rich to run

This is my first time here and after researching the data base I can't find the answer I'm looking for. I have an Auburn Boattail Speedster Reproduction with a 1978 Ford Windsor V8. Just had a tune up with new points, plugs, etc. Also installed new voltage regulator and valve cover gaskets. Had a compression check and the shop said it was "just fine".
Yesterday while going up a steep hill, the engine flooded out. After sitting for two hours, I was able to restart it. I noticed a small pool of gas on top of the engine block. As it restarted, I also noticed a lot of fluid being pushed out of the exhausts. Does this sound like a carb rebuild situation?
Being located in the San Francisco bay area, is there a recommendation for a local solution? I love to tinker but I'm no mechanic as far as the engine is concerned.
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Old 10-04-2003, 01:14 PM
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Sounds like a plugged filter or stuck floats from here. if that's all it is then I should think a complete carb rebiuld is not needed. Remove the bowls covers and clean as best you can and reassemble. It should be go to go.
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found the "too rich to run" problem

Took apart the carb. It was full of mud (the dirt kind). Will replace the fuel filter and sample the gas to see if dirt is in it. If it is, will drain the gas tank and drop it and clean it. I have a locking gas cap, so I think it must have had dirt in the tank when I bought it two months ago. I wonder if that was why I was getting only 6 miles per gallon?
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Old 10-17-2003, 05:17 PM
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