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A brand new fuel tank costs $200 delivered to your door. That should have been your fix but because I do NOT believe in throwing parts at a problem, I asked you to determine if you had spark or not. Everything around this answer was done first.

Rockauto.com offers us a 5% discount and they handle Spector Premium fuel tanks (made in Canada). CLICK HERE These tanks are correctly tin plated INSIDE and OUT, just like your original.

Fuel tanks are easier to change than you think. When empty, they don't weigh much but they are bulky. - Dave
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Kirsten,

A good mechanic only replaces parts that are found through testing to be bad. Dave is correct. The chances of both the generator and regulator going bad at the same time is slim and none. I feel for you. The mechanic did nothing to troubleshoot the original problem you had which was breaking down when the car got hot. All he has done is replace a bunch of parts (at your expense) that didn't need to be replaced. The original problem remains and who knows how much you will be charged by the time it's fixed. Fuel system problems are relatively easy to diagnose. Also make sure you have a vented gas cap. It should say it right on the front.

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Thank you all so much. This is really helpful.

I wanted to try to diagnose the issue myself like you described but the car was at the shop and I work during their hours of 8am-5pm. So I was in a position where I had to trust the mechanic to troubleshoot figuring he must be way more qualified and would do a better job than I could in going through those basic steps. But apparently not. So disappointing and costly.

He did say that those parts he replaced were all "shot" but it seems suspicious that so many parts would be bad all at once yet the car could run for about twenty minutes every time before experiencing problems. He claims to have tested the parts. I'll never really know. Though I did get to keep the VR he replaced. I would love to be able to have someone confirm for me if it was really shot or not.

So long as he can get the gastank for below $200 (I'll share that link) I think I will consider having him do it. Just to be done with it all. And then have it looked at by somebody else once I'm confident the car will make the drive without having to be towed. And maybe this time he will tell me the cost before he does the work like I keep asking him to but he keeps ignoring my requests.

The other option is to have the car towed from his shop but the logistics are complicated. His shop is closed on weekends. And that would be an expensive tow.
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Just now 8AM eastern, I called Bob and pretty much had the call end after about 10 seconds. He said he will let me know what the deal is and I asked for prices before he does the work this time.

I explained that we think there's probably rust in the gas tank clogging the filter screen once the car warms up it builds up on that screen preventing fuel from getting to the pump and carb. He said he planned on checking the gas tank first but that it doesn't have a glass bottom on the pump. And that was about as far as the conversation got but at least I got some words in.

I never got to mention the fuel sending unit, the vented gas cap, or the mountain straps. Or even to take photos when the car is on a lift if it gets lifted. Like I said, the call was about 10 seconds long. I wanted to ask him if he could run a wire from the fuel tank flange to the frame to ground the tank as suggested by you Ray, hoping it would possibly correct the gauge reading, but didn't have time. I didn't get to mention that I can get these parts at a good price with the club discount either. All these things I wanted to say but he rushed me off the phone too fast.

At the last moment I got to ask for him to please let me know costs before working on things and he said that he would. I am willing to have the car towed (but it'll cost me at least $250) to another place if his costs are too high. I didn't get to tell him so in the time I had.

But that's the scoop. In person this guy is a lot nicer, but over the phone he doesn't give me the time of day.
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I am willing to have the car towed (but it'll cost me at least $250) to another place if his costs are too high.
What insurance do you have? I highly recommend Hagerty classic car insurance. I had my '59 towed about an hour to my home when it broke down and it didn't cost me a dime.

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Should've got Hagerty. Would've been better if I knew.

I have Assurant. I found them b/c I use GEICO for my normal car insurance and there was a link to their classic insurance partner.

https://www.geico.com/collector-auto-insurance/

I have the Platinum tow package and the way that is supposed to work is I pay to have my car towed by whoever I want (they dont help me to find towing) and then they are to reimburse me. But I still haven't heard from anyone 10 days since I contacted them about it.
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With Hagerty you contact them and they arrange to have the truck sent out (guaranteed flatbed) and no money changes hands. I think they have three different service levels.

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What happens if you don't have vented gas cap? I don't think mine looks vented.
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You can't go by looks. It should say vented or non-vented. A non-vented cap can cause pressure to build up and can also cause a vacuum effect which would lead to fuel starvation. Whether it's the cause of the type of issues you are having is questionable but it helps to have the correct cap.

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Here are some comments that Kirsten sent me. There IS a see thru fuel filter in the line, going to the carb. Bob says it looks to be clean and I gather, does not see any indication of rust in it. He thinks she just ran out of gas because the gas gauge was showing 1/4 full (incorrectly, apparently), and she thought she had enough gas to get the car home. Then, it would not start after running out of gas, and I gather, after putting some gas into the car. I don't know if she got the car home or not. Here are the pix she sent me of the gas cap and the tank. I see what looks to be a tiny hole in the center of that gas cap..
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