I a looking exactly for the same info.
The old habit may work also for older cars with a hand operated choke,
provided these are equipped with an "accellaration pump" like Solex had. I
had these on my Simca's and have seen these on the German Fords.
SU carbs don't work that way, so this has no use.
With a cold engine I pull full choke and do not push the accelarator.
I have to crank for an elongated period (20 seconds...) and then the engine
When the engine still is cold, but has been started shortly before, only a
brief crank is needed to fire the engine still using the choke.
When warm no choke is used and the engine starts fine with a brief crank.
Why does the cold start needs an initial long cranking period???
The engine has been fully adjusted recently by a knowledgable MG specialized
This did not change anything to this cranking. It made the engine run more
smooth, give more power and lowered the fuel consumption.
Does this look familiar?
My engine is of the latest 18GK (US spec) series and the airpump has been
This is the original engine according to the BMHIT certificate.
February '71 BGT
I'll be at Framingham MA next monday evening. anyone nearby????
From: DenverD [mailto:DenverD@Texan.dk]
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 9:24 AM
Subject: "correct" starting procedure
okay, i've waited patiently for books to arrive (via some slow
boat) and now i'm out of patience, so:
what is the "correct" starting procedure for a circ 1971 high
compression 1800 engine with dual SUs and manual choke..
i mean an "old" habit is once to the floor with the throttle and
then release, before turning the key--but, that was to set the
automatic choke--since there are none, need i continue that?
i mean, at about 70 degrees F. and an engine 24 or more hours
"cold" would you say:
half choke and don't touch the throttle until ready to move, OR
full choke and "goose" the throttle as soon at it fires, OR
no choke and "some" throttle, OR . . .
i guess i could experiment, but so far everything i've tried has
been unsuccessful--and, after too long trying i resort to a shot of
"diesel starting fluid" into each SU inlet...then, purr..
DenverD - A Texan in Denmark
65B # GHN3L/33680; engine 18V581-H193
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