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RE: "correct" starting procedure

Subject: RE: "correct" starting procedure
Date: Sun, 17 Jun 2001 15:35:04 -0400
Right Max, I always wait for the pump to fill the carbs, so that's not the

Must be something different.



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From: Max Heim []
Sent: Friday, June 15, 2001 6:11 PM
To: MG List
Subject: Re: "correct" starting procedure

The long cranking period is probably just the time it takes to build up fuel
pressure. Do like "Steve in NJ" and turn the key to position one for long
enough for the fuel pump to stop clicking (10 or 20 seconds), and then turn
it to the starting position. My B will often catch on the first spin when
doing this.

on 6/15/01 1:24 AM, at wrote:

> Curious,
> 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
> starts fine.
> 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
> mechanic.
> 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
> removed.
> This is the original engine according to the BMHIT certificate.
> Cheers,
> Hans
> February '71 BGT
> I'll be at Framingham MA next monday evening. anyone nearby????

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