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Hi everyone.

Alright, friday night around 11pm I was coming home from the airport in the truck, 1986 D150, when it stalled as I was slowing down at an intersection and didn't start again.

Actually, at another intersection before that one, ass I had stopped and was going to turn left, it hesitated then went after I insisted on the gas pedal, then after a run at 45mph it died quietly when I stopped at the other intersection, and I had to have it towed.

Now when I try to start it just won't fire. Well, that's not 100% exact. After it stalled friday, I let it sit for a while, then tried, it fired, but within half a second it died. The rest of the time it didn't fire. I went out to try to start it yesterday, it fired, then died immediately, then did not fire again and just tries and tries...

Based on that description, is there anything that I should go check in priority to find out what's going on, knowing that I don't have any electrical measuring equipment nor the cash to go out and buy tons of replacement parts?

Thanks!

Oh, by the way, it's a 5.9l V8, 4bbl carb.
 

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Sounds like the fuel pump just quit.
Or your out of gas and the guage is reading like it still has fuel in it.

It could be ignition also.

Check for spark and then check for fuel preasure.

Just a thought.

Kris
 

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Well, I thought of the out of gas thing. It's a bit embarrassing but I haven't had the truck for long and I'm still trying to figure out how much gas it uses. However, the gauge is still coming up when I turn the key, and I didn't think that running out of gas would behave like that (believe it or not, I've never ran out of gas even once in my life!).

I really have no idea how to check for spark or fuel pressure.

Back in July I replaced the spark plugs, as well as fuel filter, PCV valve, crank case filter, air filter, cleaned the carb, and other things I don't remember right now.
 

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Well, before I waste everyone's time here, I'm going to go buy a can of gas and we'll see...
 

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OK, well, an extra gallon of gas didn't make a difference. I guess I was wishing it was a doofus kinda thing like this but no luck.
 

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OK, it seems to be working now. I checked all the fluids and refilled. It was low on oil and coolant, although I don't think that would cause the problem. It still didn't start after that. Then I removed the air filter and played with the carburator door a little in case that was stuck. I then tried to start it again. It didn't start immediately and did the same thing, but then suddenly started strong, like something unclogged suddenly, with a loud belt screaching, but it's been doing that for a while until the rpms calmed down. I'm not sure it was the carb door, and I'm not sure if maybe it's a belt that didn't turn whatever it was supposed to be turning. We'll see if it lasts...
 

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It might be your fuel filter.
 

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mine was doing that and I took the carb apart and found alot of junk in it cleaned it out put a kit in it and works great but I would check the battery and the alternator too
 
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