I have had this symptom a few times over the years on my TR3. I have
found three causes.
1. Capacitor going bad
2. Problem with fuel supply (pinched line, dirt in the filter, etc.)
3. Vacuum leak - this was my latest problem.
When I reassembled my engine with new headers, it would run if I sprayed
gas or starting fluid down the carb but would die as soon as it burned
that mixture. Problem was- the headers were conflicting with the intake
and not letting them sit flat on the head. A few "adjustments" later and
started up fine.
Just a few ideas,
59 Triumph TR3A
71 Land Rover S2A
76 MG Midget
On Tuesday, June 11, 2002, at 11:25 PM, Bill Tubbs wrote:
> I replaced a Weber carb. setup with the stock ZS and smog gear in order
> 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
> get it to start up again so just left it for a day or so. On a whim, I
> back and started it up again. Same thing... runs and then after 20
> just quits and won't restart. I've tried this pause deal several times
> and it fires up each time.
> I'm looking for the obvious... either getting too much gas and flooding
> I don't really smell extra fuel), or the smog crap is starving it for
> What are some obvious places to start to trouble shoot this? Just
> 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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