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351c starting & driving issues
I just got my rebuilt Mach 1 back with a 351c 2v. 
I don't know the condition of the car before the rebuilt because I bought it with a rod knock so I don't have any comparisons between the before and after condition so probably I have more issues than the engine what's already done.

The engine have an electric distributor from a later Ford model...I don't know what it is..it was probably the previous owner....carb is the same, not the best, that's all I know, and the guy who checked the car after the rebuild said the fuel pump isn't too good. I have a manual choke.

After i got the car back the engine stopped after the first red sign when i tried to move at the green light.
Next morning is the same: I could start the engine after 2 or attempts playing with the choke then I stalled again leaving the neighborhood.

I noticed two things: If I let the engine run a lil'bit before putting in gear it's better. If I hit the gas really gently it's fine but If I try to start and hit the gas even a little but harder the engine also stops. And sometimes while driving on low speed it feels like it's not getting enough gas...

What I think and want to do is replacing the carb (or check it's accelerator pump?), upgrading the fuel pump and getting a better distributor, wiring, ignition box etc.
It'd be my daily driver and I have no other car so I try to get everything done asap. 

Is there anything I have to check or is it a good starting point?
Yes, you have a good starting point. I would start with rebuilding the carburetor and would also check the timing and for vacuum leaks. How old is the fuel?

“If you can't explain it simply, you don't understand it well enough.”
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Doesn’t sound like a fuel pump issue. I’d focus on carb and ignition. What happened with the stock distributor? They work great upgraded with a pertronix module.

Fuel is fresh, we just filled it after the rebuild. Timing is ok. I don't know what happened the stock distributor. Probably it was the previous owner. But unfortunately I don't know him and the cars background because I bought it from a dealer. Since the carb is not original aftermarket (i don't know what it is) and has some issues I wouldn't mess with the rebuild. I'd buy a new one because I need to get it run right asap.
Sounds like a carb issue to me.  A 351C -2v in stock form should be a very stable running and accelerating engine in your car.

The Accelerator pump is an easy one to check.  With the car off and the air cleaner removed, look down the throat of the carb and pump the throttle with your hand.  You should see very solid streams(left and right) shooting into the carb venturi area.  If not, you either have a bad pump diaphragm, clogged ports, or a poorly adjusted accelerator pump.

A bad accelerator pump will make the car stumble when you try to quickly rev the engine from idle, and during takeoff from stops.  It typically won't cause it to stall while stopping, but when trying to take off it can stumble and die.

I assume from your post that the rebuild shop for your engine did NOT start it for you, break it in or rebuild the carb for you.  The problem we all face these days is the gas formulation at the pump.  The newer gasoline uses ethanol which evaporates in an atmospheric environment (Like a carb since the gas in the float bowls can evaporate)   The gasoline does better in fuel injected system since the fuel is under pressure at all times in the fuel line.  It tends to not evaporate.  

Why the boring details?  It is easy for a "perfectly good" carburetor to go bad on the shelf when gas evaporates even over a few weeks.  When the gas evaporates it leaves a varnish like residue that can clog little ports like the accelerator pump ports or the check ball assembly.  

If you suspect the sitting carb is a problem. or even if you want to try something easy, try running a can of Sea Foam through the system to see if it breaks things loose.  Total cost about $9 for the Sea Foam, and you have anb excuse to drive the car just to burn a tank of gas.  If that doesn't work magic for you.  Do the carb kit, but to be sure to clean all the ports in the carb with Berryman Chem tool, or another good carb cleaning and de-gumming solvent.

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Yes... they didn't fire the engine up just did the rebuild. 

My engine isn't stall while stopping but when I try to take off e.g. after a red light sometimes it stalls. But only when I forgot to pay attention and hit the gas a little harder. And I'm not talking about flooring it when I don't pay attention. But this is the 3rd day I'm driving it and I can handle it if I play with the gas and keep my eyes on it. But of course it's not normal and have to solve this issue. 
First replacing the carb and distributor, spark plug wires. Then see what happens.
Sounds simply like your accelerator pump isn't working. Could be a bad diaphragm ($3 at the parts store) or the linkage needs to be adjusted.

Unfortunately, it seems a little alarming that the shop that completed the "rebuild" did not fire up the engine or wanted to be involved. With the current issues with oils, additives, etc with cam and lifters especially, I hope your motor was broken in properly.......
Thanks, Jay
I just had a chance to check the carb. That's a Weber (what supposed to be an Edelbrock I guess) and 8867 stamped on it.
(02-25-2019, 09:58 PM)n_reckless Wrote: I just had a chance to check the carb. That's a Weber (what supposed to be an Edelbrock I guess) and 8867 stamped on it.

Weber made the carbs for Edelbrock for a time. The actual carb ID number is stamped on one of the front mounting lugs. Been a while, don't remember if it's driver or passenger side. Numbers are usually 1406, 1407 etc.

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