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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-19-2001, 11:42 AM
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Vapor lock?

Hey folks,
Took the '83 up skiing this past weekend and on Satuday morning drove up to the slopes (about 4 miles away, cold morning) and got behind some damn stopped minivan, didn't give it enough gas, and stalled out. It took me around 5 minutes to get the thing restarted, it would crank, but just not start. Finally it got going again. Some guys that I was with thought it could be vapor lock... what is that? Is there a way to avoid/better way to restart the engine after that happens? They also said that I blew some black smoke out the tail just before I stalled... running too rich?

300 cid 6, carbed. Like I said, cold morning, and I only drove like 4 miles, so it probably wasn't up to running temperature.

Thanks for the help,

...Gave my buddy with the Land Cruiser ammo for making fun of the Ford...

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 11-19-2001, 11:48 AM
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Re: Vapor lock?

A vapor lock is when the fuel gets so hot it boils and develops an air pocket, thus a vapor lock. A cold morning, less than 4 miles, i really dont think so. Maybe your choke is acting up.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2001, 04:47 AM
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Re: Vapor lock?

Slopes? What elevation are you at? What elevation are you normally? If your vehicle is tuned for sea level and you go to 6000 feet with a normally aspirated, carb engine, it will run real rich and sluggish.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 11-20-2001, 02:30 PM
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Re: Vapor lock?

I live at around 6000 in Colorado Springs, and up at Breck it's around 9000. I don't think it's tuned for sea level, the original owner bought it in The Springs, so I assume (Yeah, ass out of me and me) that it's tuned for higher altitude. It's not seemed sluggish in past trips over passes (12K feet).


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