View Full Version : please help 85 ss wont stay running

07-30-2013, 06:08 PM
Whats up guys havin a little issue with my 85 ss staying running. At first I thought it was the ethanol so I removed the tank cleaned as best as I could and replaced all the hose, but I am having the same problem. I am going to pull the carb off and clean it out next but is there anything else I should check ? Coil maybe ? I had a similar problem with my jeep turned out to be a little elecronic part on the distributor, but as far as I know there isn't anything like that on these boats or is there ?? Any input is appreciated feel free to ask questions thanks

07-30-2013, 06:18 PM
Does it just stop running, wont start, what are the symptoms?

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07-30-2013, 06:37 PM
So it was running fine for the past 2 years, took it out a few weekends back and would run at say 2500 rpm but as soon as I went to idle it died and woukdnt start again like it was flooded.. after I got it home
I can get it to start but then spits and dies and won't start

After reading a similar thread think I found the problem, gas is still leaking down the carb and flooding it.. question is what do I do to fix it ?

Btw nice Joe dirte icon haha

07-30-2013, 07:44 PM
Rebuild the carburetor.

07-30-2013, 08:26 PM
When you do the rebuild you would best buy new floats, as they do not come with the rebuild kit. The nitrophyl marine floats are affected by ethanol, they sink (been there done that). With the advent of ethanol, come winterization I dump the gas from the bowls and back fill them with kerosene or avgas. I think you are looking at a two year interval for carb rebuilds using ethanol if you don't back fill at the end of the year. My own experience. The bowl and screw gaskets can be upgraded to a more reuseable variety from a speed shop, useful as those get eaten also, and off on use deteriorates them.

07-30-2013, 08:43 PM
Thanks for the help guys, ill start looking for a rebuild kit

07-30-2013, 09:12 PM
Go to the Holley website and go use your carb number to get the right renew kit. There are a lot of different variations. The kit will come with the blue reusable bowl gaskets. Be sure to soak it long enough to clean thoroughly. Carb cleaner isn't as effective as it used to be. Take lots of pictures during dis-assembly. It will make going bac together much easier.