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Old 09-29-2012, 01:10 AM   #1
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Scored this gem at an auction, now time to move on-needs a little fix

Hello. Tony here.
Newby here for the first time and asking questions from some dinosoar RV owners.

I bought this old 76 Sports Coach at an auction back in 2005. I just went to observe and learn about the whole auction deal. Nobody else showed up as this was the only item for sale at this personal storage facility. Picked it up for $500 and drove it home to the SoCal beach area. Parking there is always a 'B'.

Well I only took it on 2 trips, then parked it in my friends yard near the country and things have gone bad since.

Mother nature has tried to take it over. I am done with it. I will never use or sleep in it again. However a fellow who is about to be evicted is interested in it. And he has cash.

My problem is that it won't start on its own. I can get it to run a bit while I drizzle gas into the carb but fuel won't get there on its own. I can hear the electric fuel pump on the passenger side of the engine buzzing away but nothing to the carb.

Eventually I switched the tank to aux and with the fuel line disconnected at the carb, I noticed a trickle of fuel spurting out. Nothing steady though. Just a tiny squirt in what seems like no regular pattern.

I had a fuel filter on hand and changed the old one out. No change. I didn't try for long as I was tired and filthy at that point.

Any suggestions? I figure there may be another fuel pump somewhere. I just can't find it.

I am selling this for just a grand and don't want to hire someone to get it to start and run. That's all I need it to do.

Please help if you can.

It is a 1975 or 76 Sports Coach with a Dodge 440 w/elec ign.

Thanks in advance,
Tony
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Does the guy need it to run, or can he just tow it to where ever he is planning to park it? A 36 year old RV that has sat unused for 6-7 years is likely to have multiple costly issues. I'd make sure the bill of sale has "sold as-is" written in LARGE letters. Good luck!
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Does the guy need it to run, or can he just tow it to where ever he is planning to park it? A 36 year old RV that has sat unused for 6-7 years is likely to have multiple costly issues. I'd make sure the bill of sale has "sold as-is" written in LARGE letters. Good luck!
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Hi Tony! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined us! Sorry I can't help with the problem. Good luck & God bless!
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I'm not a mechanic but I would think any gas in the tanks is bad by now. Can you hook the line from the tank side of the fuel pump to a Jerry can with fresh gas maybe to see if it runs? If that works then you know it's bad gas. If not and you see it is still just a trickle... maybe the pump is bad.
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With the advent of ethanol gas the electric fuel pump is most likely shot, the motor itself works but the "corn" has turned to mash and won't pump fuel.
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What a great project you've tackled! Best of luck and we like your roof ornament!
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Well hello and thanks for the welcomes and support in this issue.

I got it figured it out.
The other day I found no fuel leaving the pump so today, with new pump in posession, I took the line apart before the fuel pumps inline filter. Blew into the line towards the tanks and heard air coming out of a rubber fuel hose near the tank switch that was easily reachable.
I felt strongly that this was my whole problem so I "borrowed" a piece of hose from the new fuel pump I bought (which will be returned). That did the trick! As soon as I turned on the key, I could hear the metal lines filling with fuel up to the carb. Started right up.

Before, it was like using a straw with a crack or tear in it. Sucks air easier than fluids.
Needed to bleed out the rear brakes too and now its sellable again.

2 days ago I was bummed out at putting in $100 in gas and not having it start. Today was a huge success.

It's awesome when hinge work out!
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