[Healeys] A Mystery

Richard Antal rantal243 at yahoo.com
Thu Sep 21 17:31:37 MDT 2017

Greeting Healeyphiles,     I encountered a mishap that begs explanation. On a recent road trip in my BJ8, I was cruising along at 70mph on I 84 in Connecticut, when the engine suddenly died. I cruised over to the breaddown lane and proceeded to replace the rotor with the newer reliable one. The car started, I went two miles and it died again. I replaced the coil with a Lucas sport coil. The car started and died again in 1/2 mile. I replaced the distributor cap and wires. The car would not start. Along came Dean Cusano, president of Motorcars Inc. who informed me that his garage which specialized in Jaguars was at my disposal one mile away. AAA took me there. Parenthetically, I add that I could always hear my loud electric fuel pump clacking away. On arrival at his garage, I detached the fuel line from the carbs, activated the fuel pump and a lusty flow of fuel issued forth. Dean suggested I change my fuel filters, both one just after the pump and a second in the engine compartment. The car started and I drove fifty feet into his garage where I proceeded to change the filters which he kindly gave me at no charge. The car started and I completed the 3000 mile trip with no problems. The old filters probably had 15,000 miles of use but appeared clean. How could fouled fuel filters possibly have caused the problems I had? If the filters were in fact the cause, how often should they be changed and would it not make more sense to have one filter in the engine compartment where it could easily be changed? Thanks for your thoughts.rich antal'65 BJ8
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