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9/15/13 6:06pm - Original Message: '69 350 sputtering under load'
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Lately I'm having problems with my small block sputtering and stumbling under load, as when on freeway on ramp under acceleration. Runs and idles fine otherwise. I'm thinking it may be a fuel problem as I don't drive it enough. Fuel filter? Fuel pump? Any suggestions out there?
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9/15/13 8:42pm - Reply: 'Re: 69 350 sputtering under load'
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Could certainly be a fuel problem. Pump, lines, hoses, carb. It could also be a problem with the points, or any other ignition component.
Start by changing the fuel filter in the carb. While you're doing that, take a look at the rubber fuel line(s) from the frame to the fuel pump, and make sure there are no kinks. Do the same at the rear of the car...check the rubber lines coming out of the fuel tank, and the hoses on the passenger side framerail, where the fuel line goes forward. 
Check the points in the distributor. If you don't know when the last time they were replaced was, or IF they have been replaced, now would be a good time to do it.Thumbs Up

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9/29/13 6:22pm - Reply: 'Re: 69 350 sputtering under load'
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Recently, I was getting a real hard bog when I pushed the pedal beyond half way.  It would recover but wouldn't have much punch.  I changed my plugs, wires, cap and rotor (1975) but it didn't seem to help.  I just took my Q-jet carb off and opened it up for a rebuild to find both secondary feeder pipes and 1 primary feeder pipe had fallen out of the air horn and were laying in the body.  This is a common problem if you're running a rochester, and they're not very difficult to re-build.

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11/10/13 11:15pm - Reply: 'Re: 69 350 sputtering under load'
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I've got a 427 but this sounds like the same issue I had. I replaced the fuel pump and it ran like a champ. Just wasn't enough pressure to feed enough fuel I assume.
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