Okay, I have to start another thread and see if I can clean up the existing situation.
The Jeep will run fine for a few miles, then at about 35mph I will start to feel it lagging, and then it will start sputtering, and eventually stall. Just prior to stalling, I could either delay or avoid it if I let off the gas. Accelerating seems to just speed up the sputtering/stall time. At any time after a stall, I can wait a few minutes, then she starts back up immediately, and I can drive another few miles until it repeats itself.
- If the Jeep has been sitting for a few days, I can bet that when I start it up again, I will need to pump the gas peddle like 20-30 times before the gas gets to the carb. Once there the jeep starts instantaneously. If it just sits for a few hours, then I only need 5-7 pumps of gas. So obviously the gas is falling back into the tank.
- This most recent time that it stalled, I noticed some oily/greasy residue on the inside of one barrel of the carb. Yesterday after a stall, I restarted it and I saw some vapor/gas coming out of the bottom of the barrel when I was playing with the throttle linkage.
To me this could be pointing to the carb not getting a steady supply of fuel, again at about 35mph AND/OR an oil-gas mixture is off.
About 4 months ago, I started driving it again every so often after it was sitting for nearly 2 years, ...so perhaps the carb needs to be rebuilt? The fuel tank has recently been restored with new hoses, as well as new hoses and filter in the engine. All sparkplugs were recently changes with standard Champions.
Those are classic symptoms of a clogged cat. Its easy to check. Just disconnect at the manifold, and then run down the road and see if the problem disappears.
However, as far as having to "pump 20 times", that sounds like a sticky choke? I had that problem when mine was so gummed up that it didn't want to close, making it tricky to start cold. Then sometimes it could stick closed, making it run crappy when warm. However, that was a Carter YF, you must have a Carter BBD? Not sure if that applies.
I'm running a Weber, WK551 - 32/36 DGEV, I'm wondering since the Jeep sat so long, almost 2 years, should I rebuilt it or am I past that?
When in doubt, I'll rebuild my carb, but I like doing it... I've even done it in a parking lot. Maybe there is a bad seal causing the bowl to drain? or the choke is not working properly? Maybe some dried gas gunk is plugging up a jet? Even if your fuel line drains, you should have enough fuel in the bowl to run for 10-20 seconds.
I'm going to try and disconnect the cat tomorrow, that should be fun to see what those rusted bolts have in store for me. :/
Spray the heck out of those flange bolts! and spray some more.
With cats, sometimes what happens is rust, and junk clog up the honeycomb.... causing backpressure. Not enough to matter at low speeds, but as you get faster, it starts to effect the engine, and eventually it dies.
Could be other things, but this is an easy thing to elliminate.
I would add a clear fuel filter before the pump by the motor mount.
This lets me see if fuel is flowing and making it to the pump.
Another thing to check is that your pump is not sucking air from a broke fuel line.
The clear filter will reveal that too.
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