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maremma

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1979 350 SE parked for 5 years
« on: 25 March 2020, 10:04 AM »
The engine runs, but does not start. By detaching the fuel hose from the injection pump and blowing, no air gets into the tank. Candles work. What can I do? Could it be the tank clogged?

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Re: 1979 350 SE parked for 5 years
« Reply #1 on: 25 March 2020, 10:45 AM »
Hi there,
Please tell where in the world you are so we can help with your translations.

I think you mean to say spark plugs instead of candles.

There are two lines connected to the fuel distributor (there is no injection pump)

Disconnect both large line going to the fuel distributor. Put a small container at the end to catch fuel and try starting to car. Make sure fuel come out of one of them.  The other line is the return line.  You can blow air back through that line to clear it out.

Before going any further remove the filter on the bottom the the gas tank as they get plugged up. Be aware that all the gasoline will come out. You dont want to use old gas anyway.

Here we would say the engine turns over but does not start.  Running is when the engine is working fine.

Let us know the above turns out..
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Re: 1979 350 SE parked for 5 years
« Reply #2 on: 25 March 2020, 01:16 PM »
I think he's French ;D candles = Bougies, and bougies are spark plugs in Dutch and French, but bougies are not candles in Dutch. In German it's "ignite-candles", so that ain't the same. Est-ce que j'ai raison, Maremma?

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Re: 1979 350 SE parked for 5 years
« Reply #3 on: 27 March 2020, 09:26 AM »
I live in Italy, southern Tuscany. Sorry but in Italian  "spark" of car is called a candle, like that of wax. The pump and filter are blocked. I will replace them. Thank you

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Re: 1979 350 SE parked for 5 years
« Reply #4 on: 28 March 2020, 04:35 PM »
I stand corrected. never thought of Italian, haha! Glad you see you're thinking about your spark plugs, rather than be holed up, afraid of the media hammer all over.

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Re: 1979 350 SE parked for 5 years
« Reply #5 on: 03 April 2020, 05:09 AM »
Can you please remove your primary fuel regulator at the back of your FD and tell me if yours has a separate removable
piston?
It will need cleaning anyway and would be a great help to me, my fuel return line was blocked at the tank end which seems a common problem.