Reply to "Tarzana, CA Car Show"

Garth,

Thanks for the advice, I will have a computer duster can in my car tomorrow.  Unfortunately, when I'm stuck in the middle of an extremely busy intersection, frozen like an ice statue, it's not the first thing that comes to mind.  I believe it's vapor lock but I'll bring up your suggestion with my mechanic tomorrow when I see him.  It won't start in 5 minutes, but after about 15 minutes I can get it to start and at least get me out of the intersection.   On Saturday it happened 3 times within a few blocks, and I was only about 6 blocks from home.  The interesting thing is that engine temperature at the time was about 180* not some 220*+ temps that my car used to run into.  It's frustrating because we've tried a number of things to try and improve it, to no avail.  About 10 years ago, I essentially stopped driving my Pantera due to the pain in the rear starting sequence that made just getting started such a chore, I didn't want to do it anymore.  Especially after I got my 5.0L XKR that was quicker, more comfortable, easier to manhandle on the track, and supremely reliable.  And at about 600hp, it was no slouch.  This lack of wanting to drive it prompted me to start the process of making it more user friendly by switching to fuel injection, and then once in the shop, we did everything else I ever wanted to do to the car.  I am nearing the point of not wanting to drive it again because of this vapor lock issue, and this is a more dangerous issue.  It has kept me from ever leaving the right lane on the freeway so that I could have enough time to drift onto the shoulder if it stops.  I was a nervous wreck driving the car less than 5 miles from my house yesterday, and even more so home in the afternoon heat and traffic.  I'm tempted to build a tray around the EFI and carry a cooler with ice around with me and dump a load of ice into the tray everytime I'm out in traffic.  Seriously, we will find a solution to this or I won't drive it except for very early cold air mornings.  I'll keep everyone updated on how we will have finally solved this.

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