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Re: Trying to start my 79 Midget

To: "Bill Tubbs" <piperbill@isp01.net>
Subject: Re: Trying to start my 79 Midget
Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2002 08:41:20 -0400
Cc: "Spridgets" <Spridgets@autox.team.net>
Hi Bill,
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,
Mike Thompson
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 
> 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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