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Help...want to drive my 1983 ford t-brd heritage

Hi. I have 100,000 on this car. My problem began a few months ago. I would start the car in morning and it would start up like a champ. I would then drive 3 blocks to 7-11 turn the car off-get my coffee-return to the car and it wouldn't start. It would take usually 10 to 15 minutes before the car would start again. More recently, I would drive the 3 blocks get the coffee -return to the car and it wouldn't start for three hours. The problem got worse and the car wouldn't start at all only with started fluid or pouring gasoline into the carburetor. Want to add that for a long period of time to near present the car dies when coming to a complete stop. (stop and go traffic causes the car to die). The ford dealership remarked that the car starts in 2nd gear and could possible be a transmission problem. The car runs very strong with plenty of power on the highway/freeway. Want to add that when turning or veering to the right, the car has a history of dying. Please also note that this car has not been driven for long periods of time. It was used daily for 1983-1998. From "98 to 2000 it was garaged and only started a few times. It was then driven daily from 2000-2005. It was not driven from 2006-2007. I have a friend who is trying to get the car running good for me. He wants to remove the ignition system and put points distributor and carb. Is this a good idea? (He wants this car to be dependable and reliable for me based on finances and conveniences) I was hit by a large suburban on passenger rear. My friend has also detemined that once fuel reaches the carb there is a problem. He also believes that the radiator or coolant is not flowing. I hope I have given a clear description...any thoughts you have are really appreciated.
-Leslie

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Hello;
You probably have laquered fuel lines and carbureator. Clean the carbureator and rebuild it or have it replaced. Also back flush the fuel lines and change the filter. As for a point distributor to replace the electronic that is in your car, bad idea. Stay with the electronic. The reason is reliabilty, they do not give problems. As long as the connections are clean and tight you will have trouble free ignition. You say you have a 100,000 miles on the car which for it's age is very low. Also check the vent on the gas tank. Your accident with the Suburban may have closed or partially block the vent, causing a no start after you drive. Also the shift linkage may have gotten out of whack from the accident as well. Is reverse working strong? If it is yoour transmission is probably out of adjustment.
Hope this helps;
Thanks and rate me high;
Rich

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