Originally Posted by trotter
i forgot to mention this when i started the thread. maybe it will jog somebody's memory for better problem analysis. after the engine dies and you move to the side of the road - the ignition key is still in the 'on' position. If you try to turn the key from that position and start the engine you get nothing. No engine turn over, no cranking. BUT - if you turn the key back to the 'insert' position and turn the key forward to crank the engine ( as you normally would ) the engine cranks back up fine. That's one reason I initially suspected an ignition system problem. Any more thoughts? Again thanks for all of the feedback - this is a big help.
I can sympathize. I have the same damn problem with my 88 I6. I initially thought it was an idling problem because it would happen when I was stopped at a light. Now, it happens all the time, even when I'm giving it the gas. Today it happenned three ******* times. First, when I was going around a corner at a light. It dies every day there, so I was expecting that. The first time that happenned my arms ached for hours after trying to get it to the side of the road. It also happenned at an intersection today (so much fun!) and then on the way home. I find that if I put the car in park, turn the key back and then try again, I can usually get it started.
My mechanic was convinced it was the carb (and it's been replaced twice in the last month) and the last time when a hole in my float was found, we thought the problem was set. All this power loss is leading me back to an ignition problem. So, it's going to a new mechanic tomorrow morning. Sorry I can't be more help, but I definitely feel your pain.