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    Takes a while to start after sitting a few days.

    I'm using the manual fuel pump. G63b 2.0 motor. It took several minutes before it started today. It had been sitting for more than 7 days. I pumped the gas while cranking and then held it down. Neither seemed to help, I just got dry cranking. It took a while for gas to get back up to the carb. I'm guessing it evaporated or drained back to the tank. But I would have thought having the regulator on it would trap some gas in front of it that would let it start and get going.

    Is there anything I can do without having to add the electric pump?

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    What's the weather been like? Weird question but if you've had a couple of cold starts the air in the fuel tank can contract and make sort of a vacuum in the tank. Next time try opening the gas cap before starting it and see if it makes a difference to how long it takes to prime the carb.

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    I have that problem with Geronimo - the weber carb I have on him has an open bowl vent to atmosphere - the gas evaporates out of the carb. I will be changing the head gasket and putting on a modded head and I have a 38 dges carb with a closed vent bowl that I will tie into the evap recovery system to reduce the loss of fuel.
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    You can also try a one way valve between the inlet to the carb. and fuel pump.

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    A check valve would help, but be sure it is a 1/2 to 1 psi spring loaded check valve to minimize the pressure drop to the carb when running. A lift check valve is too hard to use in this application, as it requires perfect horizontal alignment to work properly.
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    Weather has been warm to hot going into the 50'sF overnight. I'll look for the check valve

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