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 Post subject: Erratic idling
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 10:14 am 
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Can anyone help me with an erratic idling issue? Problem is the car idles just fine sometimes and bogs down and quits at others. Usually when I come to a stop light or slow right down for a corner it will stall if I don't use accelerator. Usually but not always.
Car has new plugs, points, rebuilt carbs professionally tuned.


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 Post subject: Re: Erratic idling
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 4:45 pm 
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Hi Peter, I had a similar problem where, when I came to a stop when the engine had warmed up, the revs would drop and the car would cut out. I found that the carbs were tuned too lean and after richening them up the problem disappeared. I found that there was only about 1 to 1 1/2 flats in it. The carbs were new and supposedly tuned. Check by pulling on the choke when it happens, if the revs go back to normal the carbs are too lean. Good Luck.


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 Post subject: Re: Erratic idling
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:09 pm 
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Peter
The term 'professionally tuned' always makes me smile. Yes, yours may be just that but there are fewer people around today that really know what they are doing with an old simple car.
As suggested, it sounds like a lean mixture. Get the car up to temp, pull the air cleaners off and then use a thin tool to lift the dash pot about1/4" and the engine should remain at about the same RPM. If the RPM rises then it is rich. If it drops then it is lean. Turn the adjusting nut about two flats at a time to start with then one or less once you get close. Give the engine 1 or 2 seconds run at about 1500-2000RPM between adjustments to clear the plugs.
The ignition may also be retarded, check that first.


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 Post subject: Re: Erratic idling
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 10:20 am 
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I had this problem long long time ago after fitting new carbs.
Was solved by resetting the float level.


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 Post subject: Re: Erratic idling
PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2018 5:54 pm 
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Hi Peter,

Like Aladdin I'm not sure what professionally tuned might have entailed.

I have found that it is often pointless tuning individual items. e.g. just doing the mixtures. There have been a number of times trying to fix a rough idle I have assumed things were right and have gone straight to adjusting the mixtures. After a lot of stuffing around with little success and getting the mixtures way out I have gone back and done it properly.

Personal experience, I tune it in the following sequence:

- tappets first,
- the points if you have them,
- the timing (although I redo it at the end during a road test),
- plugs,
- carbie balance,
- mixtures.

If you get all this right and it still won't perform properly start replacing items like plugs, leads, points, condensor, coil one at a time to see if it fixes the problem. I usually start at the cheapest bit first and if it doesn't make any difference keep the bit I took out as a spare.

Another thing out of left field, make sure your generator/alternator cables are tight and charging properly. I had a charging failure today about 20kms from home. The idle was noticeably better when I had repaired the problem at home (a broken generator charging cable).


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