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    EFI'd dn010's Avatar
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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by dn010 View Post
    One step forward...
    Yep. And now I'm waiting for the two unavoidable steps backward. LOL
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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    Down to 50% now.
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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    I forgot to check in here on the moisture intrusion problem, but I think it may be the passenger inner door seal. This morning, driving to work in some very light rain, the passenger window was noticeably wet. Maybe water is getting in the door somehow? I was running the air conditioning, but none of the vents was pointed at the window.

    But I have a new problem: the engine suddenly stops running. I have a feeling of dread because that was the first sign of death for my previous engine just a few years ago. The engine would run for a little while, then grind to a halt and not re-start for some time. The more recently the engine had been running, the longer the engine would run when re-started, but otherwise would simply die. Weirdly, this happened on Monday on the way back from the gas station but after 15-20 minutes sitting on the side of the road checking the fuel system I was able to re-start the engine and get home. I figured it was the fuel filter at the carb so I changed it.

    This morning I made a 40-minute drive, mostly highway, and everything was great (except for the rain). Then five hours later when it was time to leave work, the engine died as I was sitting in the parking lot letting the a/c cool down the interior and putting my destination into my phone. I have a mystery on my hands...
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    Do you think it may be vapor lock due to the summer temps? Do you have a spacer on the carb? I had a 67 Mercury that would act just like your car is. Installed an anti-vapor lock carb spacer and it never acted up again up until I sold the car.
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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timeless View Post
    Do you think it may be vapor lock due to the summer temps? Do you have a spacer on the carb? I had a 67 Mercury that would act just like your car is. Installed an anti-vapor lock carb spacer and it never acted up again up until I sold the car.
    Interesting theory. It is true that when I checked the fuel bowl after the engine slowly ground to a halt, the fuel bowl looked low. But I think that's because the engine turned very slowly on its way to stopping. Even when hot, I was able to turn the key several times and get the engine to run for a few seconds. It just refused to idle. I was able to put my foot on the accelerator pedal and get the engine to turn faster, but when I let off the pedal the engine died instead of idling. When I checked the fuel bowl after cranking, it was at a normal level.

    I suspect a spark issue. I recently changed plugs and wires. Maybe the plugs are gapped too large. I will check the gap.

    (I have a carb spacer but I am not currently using it; it would require changing the studs on the carb for longer studs.)
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    Owner since 2007 Farrar's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Farrar View Post
    I suspect a spark issue.
    As it turns out, the ignition module died. Once replaced, the problem was solved.

    ...

    I have a new problem: water intrusion. After a long drive in the rain, both floor carpets were soaked. (Glad the car has a fiberglass body, not steel!)

    I did a test and it seems the water only gets in while the car is in motion, not while parked. I'm scratching my head over this.
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