I’m going to apologize in advance for not having all the relevant info.
A good buddy of mine has a 1970 Mach 1 Mustang. He has a habit of dumping a bunch of money into, driving it for a few weeks, and then putting it in storage until it needs more money dumped into it.
When it runs, the thing is a beast.
Several years ago he had the entire drive train replaced by a mechanic, who I assume has a VERY nice boat. Aluminum racing block engine, headers, stroke kit, BIG carb, new transmission and rear end, and new gas tank.
A few weeks ago, I harassed him enough to try to get it running. The things that were previously replaced were fine, but EVERYTHING leaked. Ended up taking it to a different mechanic (that I’m sure is going to buy a very nice boat) who replaced a multitude of hoses, belts.etc and put a new bigger fuel pump in.
Car ran great. You could set off alarms driving in the parking garage.
He let it sit outside for the first time ever and it rained. Of course the car wouldn’t start. It would crank, and flood the engine, but not turn over.
He called me to come help figure it out. Somehow, I am the friend that knows the most about cars. Clearly he needs new friends. What little I know, I learned from listening to car talk as a kid, and attempting to keep my old beater truck running.
So, I get to the car, and there is water on the driver side floor board. There is a noticeable gap between the the windshield and the hood. I think rain came in and ran behind the dash.
Pop the hood. The new fuel pump has a electric line running to it, with an inline fuse. I check the fuse. It’s fine. Battery is connected. It starts up.
I didn’t do anything, but it’s “fixed”. We drive it around for the afternoon and have a good time.
It has been in a garage (and dry) the last few days. He tried to start it today, and it won’t turn over.
From what I can tell via text message -
It cranks but won’t start. He has to give it gas, when he starts it, normally. So not starting up makes the engine flood. It seems to not be a fuel issue.
I asked if he had tried using starting fluid and was told “I tried dumping ether in there and taking the air filter off”. (Interpret that how you will).
It seems to be getting fuel.
I can’t imagine the air way has clogged in a week.
The spark plugs are new, and worked last week.
I’m going over tomorrow with my tool set, multi-meter, spark tester and and jump pack.
He says the battery is good, but I figure I’d check that.
I’ll test the plugs and plug wires. Double check fuses and relays.
I’m assuming the carburetor has a choke, that I can make sure opens…
What else should I be paying attention to?
Is there anything behind the dash, besides the ignition that could short out if it got wet? I’m assuming that if the engine is attempting to start at all, that the ignition switch is fine.
Thanks in advance.
Don’t drive like my brother.
Seriously, the boy runs into trees.