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83 Ford F150 6 cylinder will run fine but won't start on its own.

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I just had a question regarding my 1983 Ford F150 6 cylinder. My truck basically won't start on its own most (95% of the time). I recently purchased the truck from a neighbor and have had no problems with it. So when my father asked me to move I went ahead and drove it down (5 hours ~300miles) to help him. It got down there and helped him move just fine. However, about an hour before I planned to leave, we were coming from his house and it just cut off. We sat there for about 15 minutes and retried it and it did not start. We were eventually about to get it started by having him manually close the choke plate while I tried to crank it. So after that I was able to take it to a mechanic and have him look at it. They said that the carburetor gaskets had rotted away so I had them replace those, and they said that that would solve the issue of the vehicle not cranking and shutting off. When I went to pick it up I drove straight back home, and as I was leaving from getting gas it shut off again. I didn’t turn the truck off while I was pumping the gas for fear of it not starting again. So the guy who stopped to help me get it started suggested pouring a little bit of gas right into the carburetor and with a little hesitation from the truck it worked. He thought that it may be a fuel pump because when we took the air filter off the carb we discovered no gas. Not even a whiff of gas. This is why we put the gas into the carburetor. So, what do you guys think it is? Do I need a new carb or just a fuel pump? Any input would help, thank you!

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  • jc1286 Jul 01, 2009

    I failed to mention that when they replaced the gaskets they said the problem was that there was a major leak and that it was creating a vacuum so a new gasket was needed to stop it.

  • jc1286 Jul 01, 2009

    Well, I haven't let it get below a quarter tank before filling it since I got it. So, with this said, do you think that this still may be the case from the previous owner?

  • jc1286 Jul 01, 2009

    Keith..I will try that tomorrow when I get home from work. Also, what is an overhaul kit? I'm pretty new when it comes to the whole truck thing. Thanks.

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Hi..my name is Keith..and will ya do me a favor..take the fuel line off the carb..and unplug the coil wire..and turn the engine over ....and if it squirts fuel..then the fuel pump is OK..and if gas is squirting ..strongly..then i would replace the fuel filter..and if replacing the fuel filer doesnt help..then i would suggest and carburator cleaning and an overhaul kit put in..i hope this has helped..write me back if it didnt

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  • Keith Parker Jul 01, 2009

    Okay..let me know what you find out..or have a question about

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Sounds like a fuel pump problem. Try keeping the gas from getting too low. This causes the fuel pump to push sediment and other debris from the bottom of the tank and clogs up your fuel filter.

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