I just bought a 1978 Factory Custom Dodge Van In mint condition. It has
been garaged the whole time. Most of the time the first owner drove it
1 -2 times a year. It has 63,000.miles on the 400 Big Block!!!
I couldn't leave the 2 BBL on it,and changed it to a Edelbrock 4 bbl,
and ED. performer intake.
The van always hesitated when you gave it the gas. Thats why I really
4 bbl on it.
Now if you give it the gas it still hesitates, and if you press the gas
peddle too much it will back fire. It idles very smooth, and starts the
first shot every time.
I changed everything! Wires, plugs, vacume controll, cap rotor, set
Now I just start the van it the yard. I don't take it out so there will
be no damage to the motor.
I need some help. Just ask me any question to see if I had replaced it,
or checked it.
It looks like I am going to have to bring it to a shop.
Hi Russ !
looks like we have similar situations, I to have just bought a
1978 Dodge tradesman B200 (class B motorhome)with a near mint state body
wise and 86,000 km on it. But mine is a 5.9 Litres 360 hp with a double
Mine also starts instantly and runs smooth until I depress the
accelerator......then it chokes and dies on me if I dont decelerate, it seem
to refuse to take the effort to accelerate straight down to the floor.
I have checked for proper firering order, checked the distributor cap and
componets inside (rotor & stator) I have a Haynes Dodge and Plymouth vans
1971 thru 2003 repair manual not the best apparently but its the only manual
I could get my hands on fast, since I am not a mechanic I just hapenned to
check out this newsgroup and found you and your situation.(similar to mine)
I will check on the gaz pump like John mentionned and the timing chain like
Denny mentionned, but it will be sometimes this coming week before I get
back to you guys on the results. I have found a Chrysler mechanic that works
exclusively on Chrysler motors (he work at a Chrysler deaslership) and
helps poor guys like us that hate paying for dealership exorbitant hourly
Looking forward to find a remedy for our situation......in the meantime its
nice reading that I am not the onlyone with my problem.
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