Not getting much fuel from tank to new fuel pump, new carb. Car sat 3 years. Fires up and runs for 10 mins then no fuel. Filter?

Asked by Jul 14, 2012 at 08:16 PM about the 1963 Ford Fairlane

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

2 Answers


Probably clogged filter but check the lines too, modern fuels tend to gum up badly when you let them sit for a long time.


Gasoline turns to Varnish after about 9 months in your gas tank. Depending on how much gas was in the tank when you parked it 3 years ago.I would get an air hose and try to blow out the fuel line from the fuelpump to the tank. Open the gas cap first. Then fill the tank with about 5 gallons of gas, hook up the fuel lines and a new fuel filter ,pour just a very small amount of fuel into the carb and turn the engine over. If that doesn't work out, then you'll have to drop the fueltank and take it to a radiator shop and have them boil it out, then after it's been cleaned, re-install it. While the tank is getting cleaned out, spray down the carb inside and out with some Gumout carb cleaner, use atleast a whole can on it, maybe two cans, then let it dry real good, preferably overnight. Spray real good down the throat of the carb and in and all around any small openings or orifices of the carb. Work the throttle back and forth while you're doing it. Re-install the tank. Fill the clean fuel tank with atleast 5-10 gallons of fresh gas, hook up your lines, spray some Gumout into the throat of the carb while holding the throttle plate wide open, then let that close back up and try turning over the car. It will take a few tries before it will run on it's own but you should have it running after 4 tries. If not then a rebuild on the carb will be the next step. Good Luck, Kenny / MrBlueOval

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