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1985 ford mustang gt after about 3 minutes stalls out and dies but stats up again fine right after and then stalls out after about 3 minutes again

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1985, a relic, that is a very old car. 302 cu in engine?
80s cars are a force form H3LL , the VACUUM land.
some cars had these vastly complex Rube Goldberg, vacuum
smog controls. (no electronic so they used, VAC BS)
you will need a shop manual to work on it. it is that hard.
open hood, look up see that orig. vacuum map, cry.!
im online now at alldata dot com, there are 23 vacuum maps
in 1985 alone, for each model mustang and engine size,fed or califoria or Canada. what yours is , who knows. but that under sticker under the hood does state the this fact.

that is the beast..
what can cause, it, many , most are CARB engines.
most old cars , most of the smog parts are dead or missing.
so asking a web bunny to guess ,what wrong, not knowing all facts is a total shot in the dark.
This engine , also has the most complex EGR system ever made
Many models use a venturi vacuum amplifier in conjunction with the EGR system"
so the #1 stall reason for any car , is EGR. all cars. with EGR (most)
Ill stop here, because what Fueling and spark system used
on your car varies by my above stated factors (country,engine, state)
here is the quote for the fueling.
Most 1984-88 vehicles use the EEC-IV system. As is the case with its
EEC-I, II and III predecessors, the heart of the EEC-IV system is a
microprocessor. Unlike its predecessors, however, the EEC-IV
microprocessor is not properly called an Electronic Control Assembly
(ECA). Instead, the EEC-IV microprocessor is called a Powertrain Control
Module (PCM), by virtue of its added transmission control function." unquote

to work on this car, find out what size engine.
what vacuum system , under hood. "sticker"
what spark system.?

stalls ,all cars. with 1985 added
1: SMOG parts failure. in this year, its a sure thing, Complex is understated. spark delays, air injection, egr from H3LL ,
2: lost electrical power to the ENGINE CONTROLS.
3: lost compression as engine warms up.
4: needs a tuneup. (ouch in 1985 this is a near endless task)
5: bad spark.weak or timed wrong.
6: bad fueling (near endless testing in 1985 to find this)

many dealers at this time could not keep it running, a fact.

log in to and read what you have and the 1000 of checks and tests.
if not in a smog zone, consider up grading it to
custom ECU EFI. $$$$
or run it off a Harley CV carb (lost power but runs every daY)

Some of these cars have dash pots.
on the TB or Carb.
that prevent stalls , as you:
cut the throttle
or the A/C cuts in.
some have air bleed devices, to force the AFR lean on cut throttle and cuts smog but if it sticks open , the engine stalls.
just a hint there, its far more complex.

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