SU carbs have no accelerator pump. Pushing the pedal down does nothing
when the engine isn't running. Other than lower the jet a bit (the choke
doing it's thing), but if you let up, it's going to go back.
The car started sometimes, because it started sometimes, nothing more.
I'll go along with Lew on this, the battery had enough power for turning
the starter or feeding the ignition, but not both.
Kevin Smith wrote:
> My older brother had this same problem with his '73 Datsun 240Z. His
> problem was always with the crappy carbs. You had to pump the pedal
> about halfway down ONCE, then turn the engine over. If it didn't fire
> (often the case), then you either wait 10 minutes and try again or you
> push start it. If you rolled it down a good hill and popped the clutch,
> it would drag and complain, but always start and run. If he had known
> how to set those carbs up, I would have done a lot less push-starting!
> I assume you guys checked that he was getting fuel in proper amounts?
Paul T. Root <firstname.lastname@example.org> / _ \
600 Stinson Blvd N.E., Fl 1S / /|| \\
Minneapolis, MN 55413 ||\/ || _ |
PAGER: +1 (877) 693-7155 || || ||
WORK: +1 (612) 664-3385 \ ||__//
Check out the new British Cars Forum: