"There's always something"
- Gilda Radner
Been futzing around fitting up a choke cable to operate the choke on my Zenith carb. I had one on the shelf, so I reamed a round hole in the choke lever slot for the cable. Loosely rigged it up and discovered the carb was chokes with the pull rod in and not choked with the rod pulled out. Not acceptable. Then the cable housing was not clamping in the carb, so I "fixed" that with a cable stop from my bicycle parts drawer. Then the metal sleeve that attaches to the nut and boss assembly at the dash slipped out which it probably why it ended up on the shelf. I priced out choke wire assemblies and those things run up to $60 EACH! Plan B: I glued the end stop onto the spiral wound housing with JB weld and let it set overnight. This morning I soldered the sleeve to the stop nut so not the cable was good to go.
The carb on my 77 was pretty nasty so I figured it was a good time to pull that off and take care of two carb projects and have the OEM unit available to match the linkage setup. The choke butterfly is not perfectly round. It tips a little forward or a little back when it is closed to choke the throat. My carb for the '50 was tipping back so all I needed to do was remove the butterfly and screw it on in the forward tip position and the cable push/pull would inverse to the way it should be. Re-routing the cable and setting the linkage stops differently was another option, but not as elegant.
Here is the choke as it is set up on a Long Stripe:
Open (note the lever is forward meaning the knob would be push in when running):
Easy, right? Not so fast. "There's always something"
That little boss prevents me from tipping the choke as it will not allow it to fully open. I need to grind it away or re-route the cable.