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Have 76' dodge 440bb that is EXTREMELY hard to start. Can prime it cold and sometimes it will fire right up, other times it takes a few minutes. Drives fine once I get it going but if I turn it off and then try to restart it, it doesn't start.

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First 2 things to check are the choke adjustment and operation, and the raw fuel squirt from accelerator pump when throttle pumped. You should be able to see a good squirt of gas into throat of carburetor when you move throttle linkage to wide open quickly. Choke plate ( butterfly) should be in closed position for cold start, then open gradually as engine warms up. Have you checked that as of yet? With re-start problems after warm up, may be needle and seat assembly needs replacing to retain proper fuel level in bowl for starting. If they are dirty or worn, fuel in bowl runs back out. It sounds like a carb rebuild kit might be a good idea.

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