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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2003, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hard starting 289

I have 65 mustang 289 2bbl.

The car is always hard to start. Once its running everything seems to be fine. I've changed plugs, ignition wires, coil and added pertronix ignition and nothing has changed. Plugs actually look good brown with little or no oil fouling.

The carb has the auto choke which I have also replaced and it seems to be working fine.

I do have the old fuel pump with the big filter, could the fuel pump be shot? I can't smell a lot of gas when trying to start.

Also, my oil consumption is bad 1 quart per 400 miles, and I get blue smoke right after starting which goes away when the car is running. Power seems okay and little or no smoke under acceleration. Could my hard starting be due to low compression. I haven't done the compression check yet.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2003, 11:46 AM
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Hard starting 289

Your oil consumption is probably due to bad valvestem seals & possibly worn guides. High mileage motors also use more oil due to worn cylinder bores & piston rings. You could take the heads off, have them rebuilt, & bolt them back on. But, then you just might burn even more oil than before because the engine now will pull oil past the rings that much stronger. You could inspect your valvestem seals & if in bad shape; get fresh ones installed at a shop without removing the heads. It may or may not make it better. Better yet; plan on a building a fresh motor the way you want it.

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I have to agree with Anthony....sounds like you're due for a fresh motor. In the meantime, you could try some oil additives to expand the seals and some heavier oil, but it's only going to be a short-term fix. Good Luck!
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Hard starting 289

Before you go out to start it check to see if fuel is squirting down carb when you pump it by hand. If it isn't then your carb is the problem(no gas in bowls). I also agree with the other responses, but especially the valve seals must be worn. Good Luck!!

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