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I purchased this car 6 months ago and am debating between selling it or keeping it. It’s a gorgeous car but it doesn’t run and we can’t figure out how to get it running. It seems like it should be simple but it has us stumped.

1. Can we bypass the fuel canister for a 6 volt fuel pump?

2. Is there a setting for the spark arrester?

I really want to drive this car. 
 

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Of course, it is always better to use the original equipment, I use one of these for my 1931 DB, mounted at the tank along with a pancake style fuel regulator....

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You are not explaining things very well. Does it turn over and not start? Does it have spark. Did it run when you bought it? If so, what did you do to it. If it has spark fill the vacuum tank , it should run off of that for quite a while. An electric fuel pump is not a guarantee it will run. 

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A owners manual is highly recommended for owning one of these cars (if you don't have one yet). 

 

Assuming you've checked the three criteria to start a car (fuel, compression and spark) here's some info that may help troubleshoot things. Notice it suggests it is recommended that you determine the issue first before continuing to attempt to start the engine or you could destroy parts that are already working properly.

 

This info is from a DA6 3/4 ton truck (virtually the same as your car engine). If someone has a DA6 passenger car owners manual maybe they can post any differences that may help you more precisely, but his should be a good guide to help you with the troubleshooting process.

 

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8 hours ago, Jim fredrickson said:

I purchased this car 6 months ago and am debating between selling it or keeping it. It’s a gorgeous car but it doesn’t run and we can’t figure out how to get it running. It seems like it should be simple but it has us stumped.

1. Can we bypass the fuel canister for a 6 volt fuel pump?

2. Is there a setting for the spark arrester?

I really want to drive this car. 
 

1B8A3573-3A39-4914-9DB4-CE89B9712313.jpeg

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7E77C964-ABDC-4CD3-8603-AEC73EDF5699.jpeg

F58474E8-A8D3-4E0C-B67E-32892C5CE33B.jpeg

F45C2911-0023-4763-A6ED-48D1AD78E338.jpeg

A75282FC-C763-441E-8D7C-3EB03685FF89.jpeg

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Nice car btw and welcome to the forum 

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It has spark, the motor is not locked up. I bought it as you see in the photos but it hasn’t run in 25 years so the previous owner said. 
we’re going to put some gas in canister this week and give it a whirl. 

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A beautiful car! I have a 1929 Dodge sedan too. If it hasn't been started in 25 years there could be many thing wrong with it. I do have a 6v fuel pump backup...I wouldn't be a bit surprised if old gas hasn't gummed things up. I had to clean out gas tank, carb and get new gas lines. I'd get an owner's manual from Myers Early Dodge. You might check dirtiness / gaps of spark plugs too. Good luck!...it's really nice!...and a fun car to drive!

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Like Bob, I have one too. Jim, I think you are on the right track, and I agree with previous comments, just take it one step at a time. Make sure you have fuel in the vacuum tank, and make sure it is then getting to the Carbi. It should then start and run. That may not be the end of it, as stale fuel can cause many problems,  as Bob says. And I also agree with the others, a great looking car.

John

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I am not sure if it is a U2 hard to tell.  However I think the car may have an electric fuel pump.   Just to the left of the air filter there is a silver item with hoses connected to it.  Also there is a blue wire running down the vacuum tank fuel line going directly to it.  The photo is cut off and really can not be certain. As I am looking it also looks like the "fuel pump" is connected to the vacuum tank based on the way the fuel hoses are running.

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You may be right. I did not notice that "silver thing". A photo taken a bit lower may show it a bit better. If that is the case, I wonder if the internals of the vacuum tank has been modified? Maybe, maybe not. Like Bob, I use both, but normally run on only vacuum tank. 

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2 hours ago, 30DodgePanel said:

Anyone recognize if that is the U2? 
 

BTW, it goes without saying, a handy fire extinguisher is recommended during these attempts also.

 

 

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Sure looks like a U-2 to me...the bowl at the right, linkage controls in middle and air cleaner to left all look right.

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