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ONTARIO

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When coming home from a show, my engine stalled at a stoplight, and wouldn't restart. Had to tow it home.cry The next day it started right up, but I noticed the fuel filter was filled right up to the top, which seemed odd because when I was young the filters were always about 1/2 full. This one was half full a few weeks ago. I put a new filter on and it seems fine, but friends are telling me it's an electrical problem like the coil, control box or a ground.
Has anyone ever heard of a fuel filter clogging right up and starving the engine for gas and killing it, and then just enough gas seeps through the filter overnight to enable it to start the next day?
Also, I have the Ford Motorsport ignition system, (M-12199-C301 control box, and M-12029-A302 coil). Is this system known for problems?
Since these aren't made anymore, is there an aftermarket replacement that would plug in?

Is there a place and position to mount a round can coil that is preferred? Mine sits on its side on the intake manifold.
Thanks, Randy.

 

   


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Hi Randy,
I had a similar problem with the Falcon years ago ( 302 / C4). Turned out to be two Gremlins that hit together. The condensor would " leak" when hot, shorting out -and the coil which was located in the same fashion as yours would crap out too.
After replacing the ignition components at the distributor it was better but still suffered once the motor was hot for an hour or so.
I re-located the coil to the front of the head above the fuel pump in an up-right position. I think the combination of being upright and in the airstream from the fan helped keep it cool but once the problem seemed licked I still replaced the coil because I didn't trust it any longer.
Good luck
Randy

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If it happens again (if you're going to keep driving it) check for fuel in the carb (not at the filter) as soon as it dies. If the squirters/accelerator pumps are supplying fuel at least you'll know lack of fuel is not the problem. Check for spark too. Could be something as simple as a faulty ignition switch. Had the same issue with a snowmobile once. Worked great until ... it didn't. Lost spark, engine died. Was nothing more than an intermittent issue with the ignition switch.



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Yes to your question on the fuel filter. When I finally changed it problem resolved. BUT others have indicated other possible issues so look at them all. I have the 'Box' on my 51 Merc. with a 351 Windsor and I carry a spare box [ I got several at the auto wrecker but you have to pay attention to the numbers on them]. They are fairly reliable but when they fail you are stranded. I have seen them replaced with a GM style HEI which are very reliable, use one wire and operate off a 12 volt source [ purist hate the look] or use the Ignitor conversion with a stock type distributor and a coil. Hope this helps.

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What a coincidence you mention the HEI Bob. A guy I know was showing me that distributor in the catalogue. I think it was Davis ignition.

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Love the HEI on my GM 350. If one wire straight from the battery won't get you spark you know the issue is in the dist somewhere. I always carry a complete spare in the trunk ... lose spark, swap dist, continue on my way.

To be honest though, I've never needed the spare. Just happy to know it's there if I do though.

Obv Ford HEI's aren't as available in the wreckers (biggrin ... for obv reasons) but I am a definite fan of that type of ignition system (coil in cap etc etc).  Ain't pretty some say but I'll take reliable over looks any day.

 



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