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Re: 1976 Chevelle Malibu Classic Won't Start - Where to Begin?
That is a very easy car to work on compared to today's newer cars but you can't try guessing to fix it.
#1 Did you pump the gas pedal to set the choke on the carb before you tried to start the car ? Older cars need this or the car will be almost impossible to start,especially in colder weather.
#2 70's era carburetors commonly let the gas in the carb evaporate after sitting a long time which can mean you will have to crank the car a longer time to get it to start.It's not a big problem if you take into account it will need that extra cranking to get gas back up to the carb.
These things were already mentioned but I thought maybe I could help you to understand better.
#3 You could end up spending good money like maybe $6-800 on a carb rebuild and a fuel pump only to find its something else.So you will need to run the car daily to really see what the most common problems are.Maybe just maybe if you use the car everyday the starting problems won't be so bad ? and might even go away.Use a little starting fluid and it should start right up.
Also,do yourself a big favor and get some new gas in that car asap.If there is only 1/4 tank then maybe syphon it out and use it in your lawn mower.Then fill up with some 91 or 93 as it usually has more gas cleaning additives than regular does.
Good Luck with your new Chevelle.BTW there was a 76 Chevelle forsale in the north Jersey craigs list, is that the car you bought ?
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