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Old 02-29-2004, 05:18 PM
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Car Hard to start??

I have a 1965 Plymouth Belvedear 273 V8 automatic transmission, manual choke on carb. The car was belching black smoke, ran terrible so I replaced the spark plugs, set the timing (electronic ignition). installed a rebuilt carb.

Now the car runs great, idles great, accelerates great, but is very difficult to start after it has been running for a while. Start up the first time in the morning is quick. After that, the rest of the day the engine has to turn over 10 or 12 times before it will start.

Checked for vacuum leaks, wires good, anyone have any advise for me on this one? Thanks
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Old 02-29-2004, 06:54 PM
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Remember you are running a Dodge
Sounds like a normal Dodge problem, you don't say what type of carb you put on, and is it still manual choke or now automatic, if it is still manual choke , your carb could be running just a little lean, my 318 would be hard to start after it warmed up because the heat from the engine would evaporate some of the gas in the bowl and I would have to pump the heck out of it before turning it over then it would start right up, and I was told I was running to lean on carb, but it seemed to run great other wise. Don't know if this helps, I'm not the best carb person.
Show some pictures of your car when you can.
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How close is the starter solenoid to the exhaust heat? If its turning over 10-12 times this prolly isn't anywhere near your problem but many starter solenoids dont like heat.

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How close is the starter solenoid to the exhaust heat? If its turning over 10-12 times this prolly isn't anywhere near your problem but many starter solenoids dont like heat.

Just a thought.
I believe your starter may be going out as well.
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Still hard to start

The carb is a Carter, with manual choke, I can pump the gas plenty and it is still hard to start. If I hold the throttle wide open it is still hard to start. The car turns over fine so there is nothing wrong with the starter. The problem is that it has to turn over 12 to 15 times before it will start .
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I'm going to jump away from the carb if you are getting go fuel flow, if not you might check your fuel filter, did you change your plug wires, or your coil my be starting to get weak and may need replacement, coil positive and ground wires in good shap and making a good connection????
these are suggestions, maybe one of the guy's here can give other suggestions

Luck and keep us informed
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I found the problem

I put a second person at the tail pipe while the car was turning over. When it finally did start a cloud of black smoke came out of the exhaust pipe. I looked down the throat of the carb with a flashlight right after the engine stopped but could not see and gas leakage. I took the carb off the manifold and the manifold was all wet with gas under the carb. I figured out that the carb had an internal leakage of gas when you turned the key off. I put another rebuilt carb on and now the car starts right up first time every time.
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I sounds like you need a witch doctor not a mechanic

I had 2 cars with similar symtoms. The first was an olds which turned out to be vapor lock. The fuel line was too close the header.

The second was a camaro, that turned out to be a crappy starter, which was helped along with the poor engineering of the placement of the starter... too much heat. Starters hate heat.
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