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I'm working on a 1979 C-65 chevy truck. It has a gas tank on

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I'm working on a 1979 C-65 chevy truck. It has a gas tank on each side with electric fuel pumps. Sometimes the pumps run, sometimes they don't. I need help diagnosing.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Classic Car
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 month ago.

Hi, I'm Ron and I will be helping you today.
Stand by for a moment while I prepare your answer.

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 month ago.

Okay, then we already established that they do work and run sometimes which means the wiring and pumps are good at the tanks.

We need to check relays under the hood in the power distribution box and also check for power from the ignition switch as well.

Please understand that I don't know your skill level or tools
you have to assist us. Also understand that I can't see, smell,
hear, or touch the vehicle either, so your patience is
appreciated. JA is a great Q/A site, but it does not replace a
repair shop. So please don’t shoot the messenger if I have to
deliver bad news:)
If you are satisfied with my answer, I would greatly
appreciate a 5 star rating now before you leave the site and I
will still assist you after you have rated me too if another
question pops up. I don’t get credit for helping you until
you rate me

Thanks, Ron

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
No problem. The truck has a engine primer switch. When pushed the pump will run on either side using the selector switch. I'm guessing it's a relay someplace, I need a detailed description of where it is.
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 month ago.

I said that it was inside the power distribution box under the hood near he battery. All the relays are marked on the cover of the relay box. If the relay is good, then there is an ignition switch issue. most of those relays are interchangeable too.

No diagrams available on that due to the age.

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Ron

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
These old trucks don't have a power distribution box. They have a few fuses under the dash, and a wire connectors on the firewall. I can't find the relay. Without a wiring diagram we are shooting in the dark.
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 month ago.

Then that relay has to be on the fuse box. If push comes to shove, we can follow the wiring back from the tank to the relay. The only other place that may have a diagram of something that old would be the library. There's always more than one way to do this:)

Thanks again and please remember to rate me 5 stars now
and keep this link in case you need me again later on.
I don’t get credit for assisting you until you rate me

Ron

Customer: replied 1 month ago.
You're not helping me one bit. I don't want to tear the wiring harness apart. If you don't have access to a wiring diagram, why would I give you any stars?
Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 month ago.

The wires are in color codes to follow them back and do voltage drops on them. There's no magic here, you do have to work with me here a bit. It's not that hard to follow a circuit.

Ron

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 1 month ago.

Thanks again and please remember to rate me 5 stars now
and keep this link in case you need me again later on.
I don’t get credit for assisting you until you rate me
My goal is to assist you in the repair of your vehicle by
supplying you with well educated information. I may not
always have the exact fix you wanted to hear, but my job is
to get you on the right track, which I always do. I can’t hear,
see, smell or touch your vehicle from where I’m at, so your
understanding of that is greatly appreciated. There are no
magical answers, but I do my best to guide you in the right
direction.

Expert:  rpmdiag replied 29 days ago.

Please understand that I don't know your skill level or tools
you have to assist us. Also understand that I can't see, smell,
hear, or touch the vehicle either, so your patience is
appreciated. JA is a great Q/A site, but it does not replace a
repair shop. So please don’t shoot the messenger if I have to
deliver bad news:)
If you are satisfied with my answer, I would greatly
appreciate a 5 star rating now before you leave the site and I
will still assist you after you have rated me too if another
question pops up. I don’t get credit for helping you until
you rate me