I hadn’t driven since last February and had run the tank dry then. I knew I’d have to drive this week when a friend visited, so I prepared it last week by buying a can’s worth of gas, driving to the station, filling up. The first start took about a minute, which didn’t surprise me: I had expected the fuel line to take time to fill.
I was surprised when, 11 days later, it took a minute of cranking to start. The battery kept the starter motor cranking (with the help of a booster) but it wouldn’t go, as if it weren’t getting any fuel. My friend concurred and suggested a leak in the fuel line. There’s no sign of spilt fuel, not on the ground or in the engine compartment, or the smell of gas. He suggested that it draws in air, which dilutes the suction the pump (an external which works off a cam). It started normally on subsequent starts that day.
I rebuilt the carb in February and replaced all the rubber hoses. They all look good. They look like they’re installed properly.
What do you-all suggest?
'87 Toyota pickup, 5-speed manual, 4-cylinder engine, xtracab, longbed, red with green power crystals added.