You don't mention if the engine is hard to start once warmed up.
I would suggest that because the engine runs correctly once warmed up that
the starting difficulty is attributable to some problem with the chokes. HD8
carburetors need a fully functional choke to start a cool engine and the
cable control for the chokes needs to be in very good condition to work
The easiest way to check that the chokes are working is to remove both
suction chambers complete with the piston and needle, (don't tip them on
their sides or oil will run out) and watch the top of the main jet as
someone pulls the choke out. The jet should drop considerably as the choke
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On
Behalf Of firstname.lastname@example.org
Sent: Friday, September 02, 2005 9:56 PM
Subject: BJ8 starting problem
I wonder if anyone can help me on my starting problem on my '65 BJ8?
It takes alot of cranking to start and full choke, even in the summer. In
fall and winter it's worse. It has been doing this for several years now.
have had the car since around 1990 and it always started fine. I think this
has been a gradual change over the years.
I did a major tune-up recently: points, plugs, cap, rotor, condensor,
leads, and it helped only slightly.
When it starts, it takes full choke and it needs more. After 5 or 6 tries
will fire a little longer each time, and then it will start running, but it
sounds like it is only on 1 carb. After 15-30 seconds, the other carb kicks
in and it runs fine. Once it is running, it runs great at all speeds.
Anybody have any suggestions?