Engine Need help 90 mustang carbed 5.0

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I bought the car about 2 months ago maybe longer anyway factory 2.3 5 spd 90 mustang hatchback swapped to a 5.0 from a 84 truck carbed true dual exhaust no cats brand new holley street warrior carb electric choke anyways the problem runs fine until randomly under load motor starts bogging then dies have to pump throttle to get it started has no problem starting after u pump throttle couple times I've set my idle mixtures screws with a vaccum gauge got my idle set around 800rpm im thinking accelertor pump needs adjusting or float bowls aren't filling up all the way please any help appreciated sorry am new here not sure if I should post here or not thanks tho
 
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Also has new plugs and wires and numerous other things on it timing is good already checked that just had the motor out as needed new motor mounts along with rear main front main and oil pan gasket timing cover was ripped off before I got it as the old cam that was in it was from a 351 Windsor mech fuel pump lobe broke so has a stock cam in it now I did not do that work but I do know who did and sounds like was done correctly
 

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Check the fuel tank to see if its cruddy.. I have also seen the "sock" on the end of the pickup tube get plugged or sucked into the line..
 

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Sounds like it's running lean to me. It could be any number of different scenarios. :shrug:

If it's the fuel bowls, you'll need to set the float level. That's not hard and should probably at least be confirmed before going further.

Accelerator pump tuning as it is now could help a little, but it might not completely fix it. You could need a bigger accelerator pump and/or a bigger discharge nozzle.

It could just be that the carb is tuned lean for your combination. That'll require new jetting.

If you're new to the carb tuning world or just want to tune it the best that you're able, I'd suggest an air fuel gauge to nail it all down. There's a wealth of information to be gained from that one simple gauge and your engine will run great with the knowledge you're able to gain and the changes you're able to apply when using one. Reading spark plugs can get you there too, as long as you're experienced enough with it. But I've found my AF gauge to make a world of difference for my car.
 

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I bought the car about 2 months ago maybe longer anyway factory 2.3 5 spd 90 mustang hatchback swapped to a 5.0 from a 84 truck carbed true dual exhaust no cats brand new holley street warrior carb electric choke anyways the problem runs fine until randomly under load motor starts bogging then dies have to pump throttle to get it started has no problem starting after u pump throttle couple times I've set my idle mixtures screws with a vaccum gauge got my idle set around 800rpm im thinking accelertor pump needs adjusting or float bowls aren't filling up all the way please any help appreciated sorry am new here not sure if I should post here or not thanks tho
You likely are running out of fuel, like suggested check float level and install a fuel pressure gauge where you can see it while driving and note pressure while driving around to duplicate the issue.
 

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I'm not sure what my fuel pressure is i just had the tank dropped to replace my sending unit which is for a 81 nonefi along with the tank tank looked quite clean I've been thinking about a air fuel gauge but I've looked at them not sure which one I need and it is a brand new carb as of probably a month ago the holley book did say some tuning might be necessary which I figured cause no 2 cars are the same I know how to set float level im not sure how to do anything with the accelerater pump tho I will set float levels after work and see if that helps thanks guys anymore ideas are welcome
 
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You likely are running out of fuel, like suggested check float level and install a fuel pressure gauge where you can see it while driving and note pressure while driving around to duplicate the issue.
Where would I connect a gauge and can run the line through my cowl on my hood and zip tie it just to see what it is
 

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I'm just mind boggled as how it can go weeks running just fine not touch anything then boom the next time I drive it will just run terribly because of this issue only driveablity issue with the car I drive it to work this morning normally a 10 min drive turned into a 30 min drive lol sorry for the rant
 

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If it was an older Holley, I would be sure about saying to check out the power valve. Even with blowout (backfire) protection built in, it could still be causing troubles. The accelerator pump causing trouble is more likely to be right off line or not getting enough fuel to start.
Here is a good video to make sure you have the pump adjusted right.
 
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If it was an older Holley, I would be sure about saying to check out the power valve. Even with blowout (backfire) protection built in, it could still be causing troubles. The accelerator pump causing trouble is more likely to be right off line or not getting enough fuel to start.
Here is a good video to make sure you have the pump adjusted right.
So should I check my old carb and see what power valve it has or??? Cause it had a really old carb on it when I got it was just done for screws were rounded out fuel was leaking everywhere my intake is stained from fuel dripping on it lol
 

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Don't start randomly swapping parts till you check the fuel delivery system, once that is within working parameters can you look at the next step.
 

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Don't start randomly swapping parts till you check the fuel delivery system, once that is within working parameters can you look at the next step.
Ok so check fuel pressure first if so I have a tester that I used on fuel injected cars i assume i can use the same gauge but where do I hook it up
 

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So should I check my old carb and see what power valve it has or??? Cause it had a really old carb on it when I got it was just done for screws were rounded out fuel was leaking everywhere my intake is stained from fuel dripping on it lol
1. Make sure your fuel delivery system is good, including the filter, 2. check float/bowl levels, 3. Them make sure your power valve is the stock 6.5 and is not ruptured.
I was thinking ahead and answering your earlier guesses. Although this is different tech than EFI, the system is simpler and you should be able to get your head around the big picture with some help.
What does the converted system use for ignition? It sounds like fuel, but if the fuel (and carb) check out, I think an intermittent heat caused ignition issue is farther down the list.
 
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You may have to install a T in the line, look into a fuel pressure regulator that has a port for a gauge.
6 psi is ideal for a Holley carb. I have a 3-4” disc vac gauge that also reads pressure for things like this. I have unhooked the outlet side of the filter and temporarily put a 3/8” T in with good hose clamps. Maybe you can find a brass, barbed T in the plumbing section. I will not recommend using a vac line T for anything more than for testing it in the driveway.
 
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1. Make sure your fuel delivery system is good, including the filter, 2. check float/bowl levels, 3. Them make sure your power valve is the stock 6.5 and is not ruptured.
I was thinking ahead and answering your earlier guesses. Although this is different tech than EFI, the system is simpler and you should be able to get your head around the big picture with some help.
What does the converted system use for ignition? It sounds like fuel, but if the fuel (and carb) check out, I think an intermittent heat caused ignition issue is farther down the list.
I'm not too sure on ignition myself either stock distributor some msd knock off distributor cap and I think rotor msd wires I installed ngk vpower plugs recommended by my performance parts store that is helping me build this motor