[Healeys] A Mystery

Robert F. Begani RFBegani at speakeasy.net
Fri Sep 22 12:10:24 MDT 2017

Also, check the bronze filters inside the inlet to the carbs float bowl.  They often become clogged and restrict the flow of fuel.


Bob Begani



From: Healeys [mailto:healeys-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Oudesluys
Sent: Friday, September 22, 2017 3:17 AM
To: healeys at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [Healeys] A Mystery


Sounds a bit like a blocked fuel tank vent/fuel cap.
However, fuel filters of low quality can get blocked rather quickly, of course also dependent on the condition of the fuel tank and the fuel. Always get fuel from a supplier with a large turnover. The best fuel filters are usually the cheap ones from transparant plastic. Avoid the fancy glass tube with chromed end ones, they often leak. One filter between pump and carbs should be plenty.
More filters only cause more resistance and thus lower fuel pressure/delivery.
There is no way of telling how long a fuel filter lasts before it gets blocked. Just make sure you carry a spare one.

Kees Oudesluijs

Op 22-9-2017 om 1:31 schreef Richard Antal:

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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