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1978 Buick Electra stalls after Cold Start & then does not start agin

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Oct 18, 2013, 9:01 PM

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I have a 1978 Buick Electra 225, 350 X cubic inch engine, 4 barrel carbuerator. I have had this car since 1986 and have babied it and usually have it in A-1 condition. Just recently, upon cold starts after not driving the car for a day or so, the car does start up & runs but suddenly the engine dies/stops/stalls. Upon trying to re-start the car,the starter cranks but it does not re-start-up. The carbuerator choke plate is closed at initial cold start-up & then does start to open up after first starting the car. If I leave the car until the next day, it usually does re-start but again eventually it stalls with subsequent inability to immediately re-start the car. I have applied starting fluid spray after the engine stalls/stops but it does not re-start the car.

I have tried the following recently: have been adding gas line anti-freeze, have changed the fuel filter, and a few months ago changed the spark plugs, ignition cables, distributor cap/rotor.

Your ideas on how to correct this problem would be greatly appreciated. For years, I have had no issues with cold starts & if the card did stall, it always immediately re-started up.

Thank you, Larry S.

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Oct 18, 2013, 9:45 PM

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Re: 1978 Buick Electra stalls after Cold Start & then does not start agin Sign In

When it won't start, does it have spark? Nice big fat blueish spark?

If you hold the gas pedal to the floor while cranking, will it fire up when it doesn't want to start?

How is the engine cranking speed? Has the battery been tested? Was it fully charged when your problem was occurring?

Since we volunteer our time and knowledge, we ask for you to please follow up when a problem is resolved.

(This post was edited by Discretesignals on Oct 18, 2013, 9:50 PM)

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