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Re: electric MGB and while we're on the subject...

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Subject: Re: electric MGB and while we're on the subject...
From: Max Heim <>
Date: Tue, 26 Jun 2001 12:40:40 -0700
My 66 wasn't held to such strict standards, but I always did two things when
taking it in for a smog check (besides normal tune-up stuff). First, I made
sure to drive at least 10-15 miles to get it thoroughly warmed up. And, like
you suggest, I turned the idle up to as fast as they would allow (I think it
needed to be below 1500). Good luck.

on 6/26/01 10:50 AM, Michael Jose at wrote:

> Speaking of emissions, I got closer today. I went from 156 Ppm
> hydrocarbons
> loaded and 1178 ppm idle to 8 ppm loaded and 678 idle.  I also went
> from 6.57% CO
> loaded and 8.65% CO idle to 0.67% CO loaded and 7.64% idle.  I'm still
> failing
> the 220 PPM hydrocarbons idlle and 2.20% CO idle standards.
> Should I just jack up the idle speed so the engine is really running as
> if under
> load?
> I already replaced all the emission controls, plus new plugs, new
> points and
> condensor, and even new charcoal (fishtank charcoal trick is cool!)
> The only
> thing that is out of whack is the bracket and the air cleaner for the
> air pump.
> I don' have the right bracket, so mine might not have enough tension
> (and it
> presses against the temp sender, shorting it so the gauge reads death
> all the
> time).  Does the air pump even help CO and hydrocarbon emissions? I
> thought it
> helped NOx, which isn't even checked in AZ.
> Any tips/tricks/acts of magic and voodoo greatly appreciated
> Mike Jose
> phoenix
> 79 B


Max Heim
'66 MGB GHN3L76149
If you're near Mountain View, CA,
it's the red one with the silver bootlid.

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