[Healeys] Proper starting procedure for a BJ8

Jorge Garcia fortee9er at yahoo.com
Mon Dec 31 11:14:27 MST 2007

I am having a hard time trying to get my Healey to
start after a two month slumber. It cranks, there is
spark, and I can smell the gas but it just doesn't
want to start. My procedure is to pull the choke all
the way out (regardless of ambient temperature), turn
key and let the fuel pump run for about 30 seconds
before cranking. Yesterday I tried to get it started
and after half an hour I gave up. I tried last week
and after half an hour gave up.
Could the carburetor needle valves be sticking and
preventing gas from flowing into the intake? I
replaced the needle valve with Gross Jets a few years
ago because the needele valves would stick open.

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