I just found this group and it seems most of you are pretty helpful..
I'd appreciate it if I can get some advice from a more experienced
older Ford person.
My mom and dad sold me their 78 F150 for a great deal, and it's been
restored, has 93,000 on motor. My dad had some issues with the
starting, which I will explain in a second but here's what I did- I
replaced the motorcraft 2bl with a 500cfm 2bl by Holley, dual
flowmaster exaust and replaced the coil, ingition switch, etc.
The truck runs beautifully when it actually starts up. What happens
is, it'll turn over a few times and on average, it'll start on the 3
or 4th attempt. It appears that it sparks when the key is released.
On the occasions when the truck seems to have gone through 4 attemps
of starting (just turns over) I'll give it about 3/4's gas and it'll
start. Other occasions it'll start right up (usually once key is
I'm curious if this sounds like a timing issue, or fuel pressure
(since it usually has issues when it's cold. Most of the time it'll
start right up (suspecting when key is released) when it's warm).
For the record, it's got dual tanks, and my dad supspects that it's a
fuel pressure issue, since the gas peddal has to be pressed on most
occasions. My goal is to get it to start right up (electric choke
works fine) and not take 3 or 4 start attemps to get it to start.
Thanks in advance. This was our back up car/ride, but we are selling
our third since we bought a house, so I need it to start up reliably.