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Old 09-05-2004, 06:50 PM
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Bewildered at the white smoke?

I have a 1967 327 in a Model A Ford, manual transmission, Holley 4 bbl manual secondaries, Pertronix module in stock distributor, dual exhaust with headers, stock engine the rest of the way.

I am coming back from a car show and I stop the car at a red light. When I try to accelerate, the whole engine just bogged down with little back fires in the carburetor. I had to give it gas very slowly to get back up to speed. The car runs great at idle, and at full speed but gives trouble when accelerating. At the same time this happened I started seeing a lot of white smoke coming out of the tail pipes. I have dual exhaust with headers, and there is an equal amount of smoke coming from each pipe. Even when car is idling I get a lot of white smoke. The car never emitted any type of colored smoke at all before. All this happened suddenly. I had no problems before this.

I pulled the plugs and they all have a black soot over the ends which is weird because I never had black smoke before. The accelerator pump is good, fuel level in bowl good, all adjustments on carb to factory spec. Checked for vacuum leaks, found none. I have driven the car 20 miles since the problem first happened. Oil, and water both look normal with no loss.

Anyone have an idea as to why I am getting all this white smoke, and the car is having trouble on acceleration only?? Any ideas will be appreciated. Thanks.

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White smoke is usually an indication of tranny fluid burning in the engine from a bad modulator, but since you have a manual, the next cause could be antifreeze getting into one or more cylinders.

If it were super rich fuel wise, the smoke would be black. Its not uncommon for plugs to be a tad black at the ends, but I"d look for one or two that seem to be cleaner then the rest. That could indicate the coolant problem.

Oil smoke is usually blueish in color and for it to be coming out both pipes with duals, that would mean that you would have to have atleast 2 cylinder failures, being rings if it smokes that bad all the time.

Might be time to remove all the plugs and pump up the cooling system and let it set for a while. Then crank it over and see if any coolant gets pumped out any plug holes.

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The antifreeze question

I had thought antifreeze might be getting into the cylinders myself, but if that were happening, wouldn't I have a low fluid level in the radiator after driving 20 miles? When I removed the cap the fluid was right up to the top. That was a good idea about checking for the clean plugs. I will do that tomorrow.
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More tests but still stumped

I have done a few more checks and still have found nothing wrong but some dirty plugs. All the plugs looked the same. Compression test, plug wire resistance, fuel pump, carb, checked the gas itself. I will pressure test the cooling system to see if fluid ends up in the cylinders next.
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bad gas

Thought I would let everyone know, it turned out the problem was caused by bad gas. I removed some of the gas from the car and put it in my lawnmower. The mower had all the same symptoms as the car. I pumped all the gas out of the car and replaced it with new gas and it runs like a new car again.
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Hmmm, wonder if you got a partial load of deisel mixed in with what was already in your tank. Happened before. Glad it was simple.
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