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Dont Always Assume Its The Carburetor

After several weeks of tinkering on my 1960 Ford 641, I thought I was finished with the work and ready to enjoy hours of leisurely rides around the farm and a few light chores. All the leaks were fixed, the tank was cleaned and the carb rebuilt. I had even rewired the electrics to modern standards with 12 volts and a fuse panel similar to an automobile. I was wrong. One afternoon, I took her out for a ride and she began cutting out and sputtering when I gave her the gas.I figured I had some trash in the carburator and off it came. Everything looked OK and I checked my mixture adjustment and the throttle and governor adjustments. She ran great for about ten minutes. I reasoned that mechanical adjustments such as carbs and linkages don t change suddenly. I then turned to the ignition system. I found that the plugs were fouled slightly and that the distributor cap contacts were coated with carbon. After checking the plug wires, I checked the coil to distributor wire. PAHA the terminal was stuck in the coil and separated from the wire. Evidently someone had pulled the end off the wire and it was making only sporadic contact with the coil. The carbon was due to the arcing and intermittent spark, and that was the culprit also for the fouled plugs and rough running. I went to the parts store and got a new set of plug wires, distributor cap and rotor. After replacing these items I cranked her up and she ran like the proverbial Cadillac. Moral of the story Ive heard this a hundred times - Dont always assume that it s the carburetor.

Bill Radford, NC, entered 2011-08-12
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