[Healeys] Proper starting procedure for a BJ8

Rich C richchrysler at quickclic.net
Mon Dec 31 11:31:14 MST 2007


BJ8's are notorious for needing lots of choke to start from cold. Settings 
you can get away with in warmer weather will not be nearly enough in cold 
I would recommend removing the upper suction chambers and pistons so you can 
observe two things.
1. are the jets actually dropping adequately to allow a very rich mixture 
for cold starting, and
2. as you suspect, is there fuel getting there from possibly sticking float 
needle/seat assemblies.

Rich Chrysler

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Jorge Garcia" <fortee9er at yahoo.com>
To: "Austin Healey" <healeys at autox.team.net>
Sent: Monday, December 31, 2007 1:14 PM
Subject: [Healeys] Proper starting procedure for a BJ8

>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.
> Thanks
> Jorge
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