Idling/stalling problems on 1986 Ford F150 Answered
I'm driving my brother's 1986 Ford F150 4.9 V6. It sat, unused, for about a year before I started usuing it, and he didn't perform any maintanence. Got it running in February and the biggest issue was (and still is) the carburetor. It's functional, but only barely (apparently there was some bolts missing on the breather that weighed it down and stripped some of the bolts on the carburetor). I took it in to the shop, and they did what they could without actually changing out the carburetor (I don't have the money to buy a new one, still). I was told by the mechanic to idle the engine for up to five minutes, depending on the weather, to warm the engine. It's been working okay, as best as can be, but no huge problems.
But then the heat riser on the exhaust manifold broke off on Thursday (I borught it back to them to look at, they said the whole manifold would have to be replaced and it'd take 4-5 hours). Again, broke, so can't afford the $500+ they quoted, though they said it'd noisy but okay to drive until then. Then, starting about two days ago, the idling got kind of clunky and it will sometimes stall out if I'm stopped or idling for more than a minute or so. When I'm driving, it's okay, but slowing or stopping it can idle (I know keep one foot on the brakes and the other periodically tapping the gas).
I really don't want to go back to those mechanics again (I get the impression that they're taking advantage of me being a girl), and if there's something I can do myself, I'd like to. If there's suggestions or input of any sort, I'd greatly appreciate it.