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New to forum, need help with '72 F250

Old 03-03-2009, 09:27 PM
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Default New to forum, need help with '72 F250

Hi all,

I'm new to the forum. I have a '72 F250 Camper Special with the 360 V8.

Bought it two and a half years ago on CraigsList to help with hauling as I cleaned out my late grandmothers house (and because I was having that itch again for a vintage ride). I've sunk a fair amount of cash into it: many new seals and gaskets, all new power steering. I'm good with electronics and with carpentry, but not very experienced with engines and auto mechanics.

It was riding great yesterday, and now today it cranks and barely starts. You have to floor it to keep it going and it spews gas from near one of the exhaust manifolds. It dies as soon as you let off the gas.

Here's a link to a video of the engine as I try to start it:

So I have two questions:

First, any idea what's going on with the engine. Again, it was running perfectly yesterday.

Second, any recommendations for a good mechanic in San Francisco for a vintage Ford truck like this. I had one I liked in Mountain View, near my grandma's place, but I don't get down their anymore.

Thanks for your help!


(Sorry for cross-posts.)
Old 06-30-2011, 09:43 AM
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Hi, having the same problem w/ a friends 78 F250. Well, sort of. Truck was fine yesterday, now it will start but as soon as he puts it in gear (automatic), it dies. New fuel filter, pump, lines & hoses, carburetor and still nothing. Any clue?
Old 06-30-2011, 09:57 AM
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Default 78 Ford F250, dies when put in gear

Hi, anybody out there with a Ford that starts fine, but when put in gear it dies? It was running fine and just quit. I've replaced the fuel filter, pump, hoses, lines and carburetor. 2 wheel drive automatic and I'm stuck. Can anybody help?
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