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Ford 3000 Running Issues.

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01-15-2020 16:34:35

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Hey Everyone,

I have a 69 Ford 3000 3 cyl gas tractor, that I've had for about about a year and a half and has run well until recently. It started with it backfiring occasionally then it got really bad, changed out the points, condenser and coil...same problem....changed out the rotor, solenoid and ignition switch...same problem....found top dead center attempting to get timing right, figured out with the help of my neighbor/friend I was 180 out fixed that.....same problem and running rich. Located a crack on the carburetor changed that out as well as the fuel lift pump (which I confirmed was broken)....same problem...plus I managed to fry my starter during all this so I got to replace that as well.
Where it stands now- Not getting enough spark (from what I can tell), I checked the points, plug wires, dis cap and battery wires....all fine. When/if it starts now it needs to have the choke pulled and sound like a misfire nightmare, rotating the distributor helps a little but not much.
Plus now I have fuel dripping from the carburetor (from what looks to be a release valve) when I shut it off. This happens with the previous fuel lift pump as well....no idea why.

Any advice would be much appreciated, thank you

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01-16-2020 14:30:14

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 Re: Ford 3000 Running Issues. in reply to Heated-in-AZ, 01-15-2020 16:34:35  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to seeyou are so right and I Always wonder why folks fail to stipulate, TDC-compression stroke.

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Sean in PA

01-16-2020 13:35:06

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 Re: Ford 3000 Running Issues. in reply to Heated-in-AZ, 01-15-2020 16:34:35  
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Nope, that guarantees TDC but doesn't tell you whether it is on the compression or exhaust stroke. The crankshaft and flywheel turn around twice for all 4 strokes to happen, and the cam shaft only turns once.

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01-16-2020 10:34:48

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 Re: Ford 3000 Running Issues. in reply to Heated-in-AZ, 01-15-2020 16:34:35  
I think I figured out the carb issue, the timing on my flywheel is marked with paint at the 8 degree. I used that so maybe that's why it's off. I'll be putting new plugs in tomorrow to see if that helps.

I have pulled the distributor that's how I was able to figure I was 180 out, but you're right it could very well be a tooth or two off.......I'll let you know how it goes.
Thanks so much for the response!!!

Tre aka Heated in AZ

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01-16-2020 10:22:57

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That's my next thing to change, I figure hell I've changed everything else out. Thank you!!

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Tom in TN

01-16-2020 06:33:20

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 Re: Ford 3000 Running Issues. in reply to Heated-in-AZ, 01-15-2020 16:34:35  

I don't know anything about your specific tractor but I do have a 1973 Ford 2000, 3 cylinder gas tractor. So, based on my experience with my tractor, here are a couple of questions/things to consider.

1. Have you checked the timing on the engine with a timing light? My I&T Manual has a pretty detailed description of setting the timing at different engine speeds and with the vacuum advance connected or disconnected.

2. It's virtually impossible to work inside the distributor on my engine because it is located directly below the intake manifold and is too close to the manifold to work inside the distributor. I always pull the distributor to do any ignition tune-ups. Did you pull the distributor? It's real easy to put it back in while it's one tooth off from where it needs to be.

3. On my tractor, the only fool proof way to insure the engine is on the compression stroke and is at TDC is to manually roll the engine over and observe the markings on the flywheel to see the zero degrees mark on the flywheel. Again, on my tractor, the only way to reliably roll the engine is to use a screwdriver in the teeth on the flywheel. The fan shroud and location of the radiator make it impossible to get a wrench on the crankshaft nut on the front the engine. The problem with getting a screwdriver into the flywheel is that you can't access it without pulling the starter.

Any carburetor problems you might be having are an entirely different issue, so, good luck with your troubleshooting.

Tom in TN

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01-15-2020 19:38:40

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 Re: Ford 3000 Running Issues. in reply to Heated-in-AZ, 01-15-2020 16:34:35  
Had a similar nightmare with my 871. I don't see where you changed the plugs. That how I fixed my problem.

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