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Re: [TR] carburetor on TR3A

To: Ann Carletta <>, Triumphs List <>
Subject: Re: [TR] carburetor on TR3A
From: Michael Marr <>
Date: Sun, 1 Nov 2015 22:33:00 +0000
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Thread-topic: [TR] carburetor on TR3A
Did the "car guy" look under the hood?  He should have noticed there are two 

First, was the car suddenly difficult to start or did it happen slowly over 
time?  Have you noticed any difference in choke cable tension when you pull out 
the choke prior to starting?  Does the emission of black smoke last for a 
while, or does it occur immediately after you have used the starter fluid and 
then stop?  Does the car eventually run ok after the engines warms up? Have you 
had any work performed on the car recently? 

If you are not familiar with SU carbs, you might try to find someone local that 
is, to just take a quick look at obvious things like the enrichment mechanism 
(SUs don't have a true choke) having come adrift. 

And then we have the whole question of whether your carb problem is really an 
ignition problem...


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> On Nov 1, 2015, at 16:14, Ann Carletta <> wrote:
> HI Mike,
> Difficulty starting her, draining the battery sometimes and then I have to 
> jump her and have gotten good a depending on starter fluid.  She backfires 
> and kicks out large amounts of smoke.  I was using her in a film and so there 
> was a car guy working on the set and he told me to go get the carburetor 
> rebuilt.  
> Ann
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> On Sun, 11/1/15, Michael Marr <> wrote:
> Subject: Re: [TR] carburetor on TR3A
> To: "Ann Carletta" <>
> Cc: "" <>
> Date: Sunday, November 1, 2015, 5:03 PM
> What are the symptoms?
> Mike
> Sent from my iPhone
> On Nov 1, 2015, at 14:10, Ann Carletta <>
> wrote:
>> I'm
> being told my TR3-A's problem is with the 
> carburetor.  I believe my parts are original.  When you
> fix the carburetors are the parts fixed or replaced?  Is
> there anything else I should look when having work done on
> the carburetor?
> Ann
>> 1960 Triumph TR3A
>> 1965 Daimler V-8, 2.5L
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