Could I get a few opinions on the possible reasons for the following problem?
Yesterday after work, I was just entering the George Washington Parkway in
Alexandria VA, when the engine on my '67 MGB lost power. There was no
sputtering, just complete deadness. Luckily I was next to a gas station and
pulled into their lot.
At this point, I checked the fuel supply by removing the fuel line to the
front carb, and there was PLENTY. It spewed everywhere - i.e. plenty of
pressure. Next I checked for power to the distributor by flicking the female*
connector across the spade - there was a strong spark. Next I checked for
spark from the coil by manually opening the points and holding the HT lead near
ground. The spark jumped across a 1/4" gap and was yellow/orangish in color. I
got back in and tried to start (didn't know what else to do) - and it fired
right up. No missing - smooth as silk, like usual.
This happened one more time before I arrived home. Since I couldn't find the
specific problem, but believed it to be an ignition problem, I replaced all of
the ignition parts that I could lay my hands on easily: condenser, coil, cap
and rotor. Now, the condenser and coil were new one month ago. The coil was a
Lucas Sport. I drove the 10 miles to work today with no problems.
Who thinks the problem is solved, or will it return? And why? Thanks in
advance for your help.
*that reminds me: My sister, an elementary school teacher, has in her class a
student named Female, pronounced like "Tamale" (you know, the southwestern
food?). Apparently, at a loss for a name, the parents got that off of the
birth certificate form.
Milo Kral email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Code 6324 phone: (202) 767-2622
Naval Research Lab