Generally speaking, one can stop using the choke of the HIFs within
1/4 mile of driving in air temp of 55 degrees. I don't think the
stumbling is related to the choke, though it could be a lean mixture
issue. Have you checked the dashpots for adequate oil? There's a
ring/step/marker molded into the metal about 1/2-5/8" down the hole.
Oil should be to that point; a bit of excess will squeeze itself out the
Check that, and also that dwell and timing are correct.
On Tue, 29 Aug 2006 08:10:01 -0500 Paul Root <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> After a week of hibernation (part rain, part bad dealings with a
> painter for my house), I took the MG out to drive to work this morning.
> To start with, I have converted the car to HIFs, and couple of weeks
> when I was messing around with some wires at the firewall,
> apparently, my
> choke cable shifted and touched the exhaust manifold. Melting it
> a little
> mess and stopping me from being able to pull the choke.
> So, it's about 1 1/2 miles to the highway. And though it took some
> to get it started this morning without the choke, I did get it. By
> the time I
> got to the freeway, the water temp gauge was reading out of the blue
> of the 'C'. Another 1 1/2 miles, go by and I start getting some
> It rev's ok, but when there is a load, it's not so good. This is
> about 60 mph.
> Oh, btw it's a cool morning 55F (12-13C). Naturally, I'd just past
> the exit. So
> I continue on another mile, turn off and take surface roads the way
> back home.
> It had no problems there.
> I'm thinking this is just poor warmup, and when I get the new choke
> cable (came
> yesterday), installed, all will be fine.
> Anyone have any other theories?
> There's a chance I could find the hour I'd need to get under the
> otherwise, it's more likely to be the weekend. :-( I guess I gotta
> give up on that
> sleep thing...
> School starts for the boys today.
> _______ Paul T. Root
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