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1985 F-150 will not start.

My '85 F150 is not starting. It has been parked over a year and was running a couple of days ago. It did keep dying but only going downhill, and it always started again after a few minutes parked by the side of the road. This time it didn't. It will turn over all day but won't catch even with starter fluid. I've replaced the fuel filter, the fuel pump (in the frame) and the distributor cap and rotor. I have blue spark to the plugs. I have pressure in the fuel rails. Why won't this thing run? What is the relevance of it only dying going downhill? It drove around town and uphill without a hiccup. Thinking it may be the in-tank fuel pump I switched tanks, still no go. I don't think it's likely that both in-tank pick-ups are bad. I need to get this thing running so I can get a job, please help. Thank you in advance.

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  • bayley_dl Jun 02, 2009

    Nevermind, it's alive.



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Stupid and lucky? Not usually my m.o. but this time it is. I had to prime the fuel system. Turn the key on (not start, just on), turn the key off, repeat a dozen times or so, start. The thing started on the first crank. First time getting in depth with fuel injection so I will just think of it as a learning curve.

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