Joe: I had similar symptoms once on a TR4A years ago. It was the
coil...tip off, the coil felt hot to the touch when it quit. Also, as
Bob says, that little wire (secondary coil wire) will sometimes fray
right at the connector at the distributor letting moisture into the
connection. It will look good, but if you flex it and see copper wire,
replace it. And as Bob notes, it might be fuel starvation, caused by
clogged line, or bad fuel pump. Next time it quits, remove a rubber line
and crank to see if you're getting fuel. Reliability is a function of
replacing any wear out part before it wears out. You can't replace
everything since you're not doing a complete restoration. As you become
familiar with the car, you will learn the hierarchy of which parts to
replace before they cause to you be dead on the side of the road. Jerry.
BOB KAMHOLTZ wrote:
> Try replacing your coil and the wire that between the coil and the dis. I
> would put a fuel filter in the line before the fuel pump.
> Bob Kamholtz
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joe Donovan <email@example.com>
> To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
> Date: Friday, October 29, 1999 19:14
> Subject: TRavails
> >I'm not without sympathy for the guy who has had rear end problems with his
> >TR but as a consequence has been disabled for the first time in 10 years
> >70K miles. On the other hand, I've had my TR-6 since May and have been
> >"unable to limp home" three times in about 1000 miles. Which experience is
> >more typical of the breed, I wonder?
> >The problem seems to be either ignition or fuel related. The first time
> >simply stopped running completely on a crowded highway with no warning.
> >Mechanic replaced electronic ignition with old-fashioned ignition. Then it
> >began to intermittently cut out, but only when hot. This has progressed
> >a point where I turn the key, the car starts for an instant, then dies. I
> >replaced the rotor, distributor cap and wires, to no avail.
> >Any suggestions would be welcome. Probably won't actually fix it until
> >next spring.
> >While all this was going on, I drove up from RI to MA on the interstate at
> >night in my RAV4 and was passed at very high speed by a red TR-6. My
> >sank as if I had seen my first love in an embrace. If these cars were
> >reliable, they would be worth their weight in gold!
> >Joe Donovan
> >'73 TR-6 "The Beast"