<VV> <> Help - Convention Attendance at Risk!

Joel McGregor joel at joelsplace.com
Wed Jul 11 16:21:53 EDT 2012

I had some new stone type filters before that wouldn't flow enough fuel to keep the carbs full.  It's long shot and I can't remember the exact symptoms.  I just remember having to clean the old ones and put them back in.  I was just thinking that bad filters would give you the symptom of having pressure at the carbs but not getting enough fuel in the carbs.
Joel McGregor
From: virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org [virtualvairs-bounces at corvair.org] On Behalf Of Jim Simpson [simpsonj at verizon.net]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2012 3:15 PM
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Subject: Re: <VV> <> Help - Convention Attendance at Risk!

It sounds as if you've covered most of the bases for your engine problems.
The only other suggestions I can offer are

1.  Check the rubber hoses *outside* the engine compartment, particularly
the one just outside the engine shrouding.  Old rubber tends to crack and
you might have a small air leak up there.  That would give symptoms of fuel
starvation.  (I noted that you had replace the fuel lines inside the engine

2.  Check the actual fuel pressure with a pressure gage -- see the fuel
pump section in the shop manual.  You may want to do this after the car has
died just to rule out a fuel delivery problem.  (Given that you've had this
problem with both electric and mechanical pumps, I doubt that there's a
pump problem.)  As others have suggested, try removing the gas cap to be
sure there isn't venting problem there.

3.  Check the black wire that goes between the coil and distributor.  Just
inside the distributor, it is flexed by the movement of the points plate as
it is moved back and forth by the vacuum advance.  The copper wires inside
the insulation have been known to break with no visible sign outside --
sometimes this is temperature sensitive.

Best of luck and hope to see you at Sturbridge.

Jim Simpson

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