Congrats of MG's 50th. Too bad I couldn't make the run. Sounds like all
had a good time and the weather was great.
On Aug 24, 2008, at 7:47 PM, Ron Engelhardt wrote:
> It WAS a good ride and beautiful weather! I wasn't able to stay for
> lunch but this is a familiar problem. I'm always able to start when
> hot but it does run raggedy until enougn fuel pumps up to the bowl to
> replace the gas that boiled out.
> On a side note, my car was built exactly 50 years ago tomorrow so
> be getting a birthday ride tomorrow to celebrate. Think we'll ever see
> any 50 year old Hyundais?
> 58 MGA
> gtwincams wrote:
>> Hey All,
>> That was a great drive today, and what a nice turnout! Thanks Ron
>> for a
>> great job keeping us all in a tight group. It was also great to
>> see the
>> newer members and get some new cars on the drives.
>> For those of you who did not attend and those who didn't stay through
>> lunch to see John having troubles starting his Lotus after lunch
>> and the
>> subsequent resuscitation, I thought it might be useful to share with
>> members who may not have gone through this before.
>> After cranking with no throttle to no avail, Walt and Dennis
>> open throttle, so we tried 1/2 and wide-open, both to no avail. After
>> verifying we had spark and the fuel pump was working, we saw that the
>> fuel filter in the engine compartment was almost completely empty. We
>> were smelling fumes and assumed we had fuel flow, but the engine
>> wouldn't even cough. A check of the plugs showed no fouling.
>> Finally, we
>> removed the air filters and with John propping up the Stromberg's air
>> valves 1/2-way (constant-depression carbs won't draw up the pistons,
>> even with throttle butterflies open, until the engine starts sucking
>> air), we cranked with 1/2 throttle and the engine fired up.
>> When I lived in So Cal I had an MGB that would cook off gas in the
>> bowls on hot days when parked in the sun, even cooking off fuel in
>> engine compartment fuel lines. I'd smell what I thought was gas,
>> but was
>> only fumes, and would sometimes not be able to get the engine going
>> until it had cooled enough to clear the fuel line vapor lock and/
>> or fuel
>> bowls. That's what seemed to be the problem today. It was quite a hot
>> day, John's Elan is painted BRG (dark color), and it was parked in
>> sun. After moving it to the shade, cooling it down, and getting
>> the air
>> intakes open, away she went. The fix for my old MGB was heat
>> on the engine room fuel lines and SU fuel bowls; John's will be
>> two vent holes in the inner fender well, a modification Lotus
>> in cars built after John's.
>> Have a great week!
>> Greg and Trish
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