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Trying to start my 79 Midget

To: "Spridgets" <Spridgets@autox.team.net>
Subject: Trying to start my 79 Midget
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2002 20:25:52 -0700
I replaced a Weber carb. setup with the stock ZS and smog gear in order to
try and get the car legal here in California.

The car was running okay with the Weber, so I know the engine is okay.

After carefully checking all the stupid smog fittings and everything else, I
tried the starter.  The engine started after only about 3 pumps with the
accelerator.  But then it died after about 20 seconds or so.  I could not
get it to start up again so just left it for a day or so.  On a whim, I went
back and started it up again.  Same thing... runs and then after 20 seconds
just quits and won't restart.  I've tried this pause deal several times now
and it fires up each time.

I'm looking for the obvious... either getting too much gas and flooding (but
I don't really smell extra fuel), or the smog crap is starving it for air.

What are some obvious places to start to trouble shoot this?  Just remove
all the air impediments (cleaner, et al) and see what happens?

Is there a good 'engine starting FAQ' that's already set up somewhere?

Bill Tubbs

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