Filled it up with gas got it to start it sputtered and smoked a bit it ran ok for a couple miles until i got home but will only start for about 30 seconds sputters and dies still puffs out black smoke. what can it be? did i possibly ruin my fuel pump? or can it be the filter? I think the filter is in the pump i'm not sure
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It could be a clogged fuel filter or you could have a old gas coated inside the carbrator. Seafoam will fix that up in a hurry. Don't be supprised if it blows smoke its cleaning all the junk bout of your carbrator. I would start with the simpelist things first.
Check your carbrator
Fuel pump relay
Defiantly get a Haynes manual it will trouble shoot you through your problem.
fuel pump when you started up the incline the tank was not full the gas went to the back of the tank made the fuel pump run dry now it no longer has the right pressure to support the engine or the filter cloged in the tank
White smoke is usually from water and water will make the car splutter. Did you get water in your tank at some time. If you have water in your fuel, you will have to drain the tank and refill with good fuel. The engine will run fine once it is hot but if a lot of water goes into a hot cylinder it can cause a lot of damage.