It died in the same place!? Can't you see-your spit has some bad hill karma
with that hill! ;-)
Laura G. and 'Nigel'
From: Wayne Lowry <email@example.com>
To: Atwell Haines <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Cc: Thorn <email@example.com>; spitfires@Autox.Team.Net
Date: Thursday, September 03, 1998 4:33 PM
Subject: Re: dies on a hill - again!
>If I have been following this correctly...Your car dies in approximately
>My first reaction is heat related. I had a distributor cap that would give
>about 3 miles then nothing. I have also seen bad plug wires that shift
>shifts and kill things.
>My only other reaction concerns fuel. On a hill you say.....Low float
>level....trash too big to go down a fuel line but small enough to float to
>outlet on said hill.
>Got a real opportunity
>to explore the physics of the Spitfire here.
>Thanks for letting me rant!!
>Now Spitfireless and a bit sad!
>Atwell Haines wrote:
>> At 06:28 AM 9/3/98 -0500, Thorn wrote:
>> >Well, after retro-fitting a mechanical points/condenser ignition on my
>> >otherwise standard '79, the "thing" pulled the same trick: died on "the
>> >same hill" (to add insult to injury) under the same conditions: under a
>> >load (accelerating up the hill, in traffic, around 25-30 mph) on a hot
>> >(90's) Arkansas afternoon around 5'ish.
>> >I suppose it will start right up this morning! sigh......
>> I have some WAGs (Wild A** Guesses) for you to consider:
>> Lack of fuel? Causes
>> - Fuel Pump (note recent thread on fulcrum pins falling out)
>> - Fuel lines = restricted, cracked rubber etc
>> - debris in fuel tank, restricting the intake on uphill acceleration
>> Lack of spark?
>> - going up the incline & acceleration caused a wire to shift and ground
>> out the ignition/coil
>> - Bad parts put in? (in the 'old' days of points & condensers I had a
>> couple of new condensers fail soon after installation, or points close
>> I'm sure someone has suggested taking a different route home... :-)
>> Too bad you didn't check for spark or fuel at the scene of the crime.
>> Let us know,
>> Atwell Haines
>> '79 Spitfire FM96062 UO
>> (53 HP)
>> Succasunna, NJ USA
>> The One Immutable Rule of Automotive Satisfaction:
>> "It is more fun to drive a slow car fast than to drive a fast car slow"
>> - Cory Farley in Autoweek, 8/17/98