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Replaced the coil, points & condenser and plugs and cleaned the carb. Timing is on TDC. Have fresh gas. Compression is good. Engine will start but quits as soon as I try to move it and will just quit by itself after a minute or two. Getting spark but plugs are black and smell "gassy".
I'm going nuts!
Any thoughts are most appreciated.
ps new distributor cap and spark plug leads as well.
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-When you say compression is good, what are the actual numbers on each cylinder?
-Magneto or Distributor?
-Did you use solid copper core plug wires?
-Does the tractor roll freely when pushed? (Brakes not locked up)
-When it quits, does it sputter to a stop, or just quit like you turned the ignition off?
G'day to you and welcome
Sounds to me like you have fuel starvation issues. Did you clean the metering jet? Both the larger orifice as well as the small longitudinal orifice. Clean it with a piece of telephone wire/twisted pair. I would also be checking the needle and cage for varnish flakes or other crud which could be the problem.
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Check for a loose or broken wire on the ignition switch or perhaps a bad switch....Jump it out and see if it quits when moving the tractor...2 1/2 cents worth...Dave
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Welcome to the forum. Since we're throwing out ideas. Are the plug wires in the correct order on the distributor cap for the correct firing order? Are the new plug wires seated all the way into the distributor cap?
Usually seems to hunt then quit, other times it just stops.
Thanks for your questions.
Yes they are and when it runs it is firing smoothly.
If it hunts then quits, then I'd say you have a fuel starvation issue. Pull the plug (metering jet) on the side of the carb with the fuel turned on and a pail to catch the fuel as it runs out. It should be a steady, continuous stream. Turn the fuel off, and with the jet still out of the carb, blow it out with compressed air and then reinstall and try again.
Well, I'm a little embarrassed. Somewhere I got the idea the point gap was .030. No wonder the poor thing wouldn't run. Found a manual and re-gapped at .013 and it runs like new.
Thanks for all the help and sorry to have bothered all of you with my mistake.
Don't be embarrased, if you asked a roomful of Cubbers how many couldn't get their Cub started only to find they hadn't opened the gas valve at the sediment bowl......there'd be a lot of hands in the air (including mine).
"We don't need to think more,
we need to think differently."
to what Bob said .. that and a few other major embarrassing moments
I thought the points gap was .020...can someone verify which it is?
Magneto : .013
He hasn't indicated in this thread whether it is a magneto or distributor aka battery ignition.
Ahhh...thanks Rudi! Forgot about the mags!
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