Drove it home (1.5 hr drive) and it did great despite my inability to determine how fast I was going and whether or not I was about to run out of gas. So I drove it straight to my resto guy for a safety fix/check until I can learn a bit more and do it myself. He covered the bare minimum for safe driving and little needed to be done. PO had replaced some things here and there, which helped.
Three days ago I got the fist chance to look it over, drive it again and get more familiar. Drove it around the neighborhood and parked it in the driveway. Here's what happened over the next 72 hrs:
- Wouldn't start
Found pinhole in fuel line at carb / fixed it. Ran great.
Next day wouldn't start - no sound at all
Found a loose distributor wire, tried again - started / died
Tried to start it again x 2 and the battery died
Jumped the battery but realized it sounded like it had flooded - left it alone
Chased my tail all day between what I think was flooding and dead battery
Got mad...left it alone for a very long time
Charged battery for an hour (nearly 100%) and husband poured about 1 tbls of gas in carb
Took it out in the neighborhood / died
Tried to start it - no sound
Tried again - started right up / took off / died
Rinse and repeat x about 5 until I made it back to the driveway.
It has a new solenoid and there is no corrosion on the battery and cables are new. Not seeing any issues with loose wiring.
I'm sure I'm missing something in my already long explanation, so ask away. Thanks in advance for your help. I've been reading advice on here for weeks and you are all great!
Just went out and started it again and it started without hesitation. I let it run for about 5 min, turned it off and started it again with no problem. I'm scared to take it out and drive it though because it started and ran yesterday until we drove it. Not really wanting to call AAA to get it towed around the corner.
Later this evening...Got super brave and drove it...in the back yard. It did cut off once but started right back up. I'm so confused.