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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 03, 07:32 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

I'm fairly new to hot roddignin general and I have a 69 Camaro with a 350 in it. I have had a constant problem with gas appearing in the oil. I have replaced the mechanical fuel pump with an electric since someone had mentioned it could be leakign gas into the block. Aparently, that wasn't the problem.

I don't see gas pouring out of the carb while running, but I do have some white smoke from the exhaust as well as it smelling kind of rich.

Does anyone have any ideas on what may be the problem? On a related note, what is the correct way to start a carb'ed car? Is there a certain number of presses of teh gas pedal taht are normally required. Normally, my car won't start right up and I have to keep pumping the gas into she fianlly catches. I've thought mayeb this could accoutn for the gas, but I doubt it would be enough.

Thanks for any and all input.

- Steve
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 03, 08:07 AM
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Pumping the gas like that will do it!!!! Do you have a choke on the car?

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 03, 08:15 AM
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White smoke or light blue actually is oil. If the car was burning raw fuel it would be black. You issue is probably bad rings. That could explain the white smoke, and if you pump the gas 100 times before she starts, its likely that gas is going righ past the rings an into the oil. How old is the motor? Has it been sitting long?

A good trick is to take the plugs out, load each cylendar with WD40 and let it sit for an hour or so, then hit it again, wiggling the red tube all around the plug hole (making sure the wd40 is getting into the cylendars) then with the plugs out, (and the coil disconnected) spin the motor over for about 30 seconds to a minute. THis will help reseat the pistons, and also help clean some of the sh1t of the tops.

THEN change the oil, put new plugs in and let er go. Some people will probably cringe at this method, but i'ts worked a few times for me on old engines. About starting, pump the carb 3 times and hold the pedal open. Also, you might be loosing the fuel out of the float boals somewhere so it might take spinning the engine over a bunch of times till it fills up, (might explain) the numerous pumpings also, but with an electric fuel pump, that wouldn't be the problem, just let it run for a second or two before firing the car up.

Let me know if this helps, also, you might check timing, hard starting motors often have too advanced or not enough timing which causes them to need a ton of gas before they fire.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 03, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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I just last night installed an electric choke on the edlebrock carb.

I'm going to try and adjustthe timing. I know the balancer has spun because the rading is wayyyyyy off. How can I set the timing in this situation?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 03, 08:55 AM
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White smoke can also be a blown head gasket - usually when it blows between the combustion chamber and water jacket. There are other ways too like a cracked head.

That may not be your problem but I'd definitely check if you're getting white smoke.

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old Jul 17th, 03, 10:16 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions os far. To clarify, the white smoke is very faint from the exhaust and also I only run teh car in the driveway since it's not finished.

I've noticed that sometimes on startup there is some light smoke coming from teh breather cap in one of the valve covers. Of course teh other valve cover has a PCV valve.
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