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Ok so I have a 1970 Torino 351 Cleveland and upgraded the top half from a stock 2bbl to 4bbl Eldlebrock 650 carb and intake manifold. Ever since then I've been creeping up on small issues. I have some bad compression in 2 valves so I just have her sitting, probably for way too long since I don't have the money to fix the block.

However, I'm trying to get it started again so I can sell it, I'll never have the money to fix it up, but I can't seem to get it started. The engine turns over, wants to start, if I dump a little fuel in the carb it fires up for a couple of seconds but then shuts off and the battery sits there and cranks. I've figured it's not getting fuel into the carb.

I've gone as far as taking the line off the carb, starting the car but no fuel comes up. I detached the line from the fuel pump and pressurized the tank to see gas pouring from the line. Hooked every back up and no go. I'm thinking there has to be a mechanical fuel pump issue but I barely know anything when it comes to classics or cars in general.

Any advice out there would be so helpful!
 

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you're on the right track. mechanical fuel pumps are probably $20.
Awesome, thanks! What about bypassing the mechanical altogether and just upgrading it to electrical? I can't even reach the top bolt of the fuel pump without taking some important pars off, lol.
 

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Hello,

I have a 351 Cleveland in a 66 F100. I upgraded it from carburated to EFI. However, in order to perform this swap 100% accurately, there were identifications that had to be made in order to ensure that the steps I took would be successful. Check this guys link below. It ain't fancy, but he makes key points regarding 351's. Knowing the specifics of the motor you have will contributesto the proper upgrade of the "top half". I'd hate to see you abandon a totally cool rig my friend! You just might end up wanting to keep your 70 Torino.

How to identify a 351 Cleveland
 

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Some really good information, thanks!

I have a another 71 Torino completely restored waiting for my son to come of age, the 70 just sits and decays sadly, I'd rather it go to someone who could afford to restore. With this money from it though I plan to use it for a deposit on a 2012-2015 Mustang Gt! Lol.
 

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Yes, you could just bypass it, if its less work. Just make sure to keep the pump below the tank, so that gravity will feed it.
(this isn't something i'd recommend if you were keeping it, but if you just need it to run so that you can sell it.)
low-end electrical pumps are cheap, also.
 

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Ok great, thanks for the information!

Would you happen to know what PSI I would need?

Also, I read to check the fuel filter... I cannot find one. A friend of my installed the carb and intake, should there be one or does the Edlebrock have a built in one that I'm not seeing? (Sorry I'm sounding so car dumb but my dad knows all that car stuff and never really passed that knowledge on).
 

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Carburetors take between 3-5 psi.
I'm unsure which manual fuel pump you have - many of them have a metal canister attached, with a filter inside.
like this - Airtex® - Mechanical Fuel Pump

the canister can be either on top, on bottom, or it may not have a canister at all. if it doesn't have a canister, you'll have to follow the fuel line...and hope there's one there.
i don't think the Edelbrock carbs have one built in.

if you have a canister, but you're bypassing the mechanical pump, you'll want to add a filter.
 
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