[Mgs] H4 or HS4 carbs on an MGA 1600 and Electronic Ignition or Points
stargazer1 at cox.net
Wed Jan 10 14:48:43 MST 2018
I think the first thing I'd do is to check the battery and clean its
connections. It's one thing to be fat, dumb, and happy on a trickle
charger; quite another to be running a car.
On 1/10/2018 9:29 AM, Robert J. Guinness via Mgs wrote:
> Here are the reasons for my suspicions.
> The prior owner did not drive the car very much.
> Fuel Pump (weak slow clicking from the points and sharp blow to the
> pump caused increase in performance)
> Bad Gas (Problems began almost immediately after refueling. Lack of
> prior driving and severe cold may have settled some debris & water in
> bottom of the tank).
> Coil (I had similar problems on another MGA that turned out to be an
> overheating and failing coil)
> Voltage Regulator ( Problems arose after turned on lights and wipers
> and heater -- the starter would not crank and no electrics on
> failure. Started it a couple of time with the hand crank though. The
> seller gave me the charger as part of the deal and he had a trickle
> charger installed permanently in the car. I was able to recharge the
> battery overnight and then it cranked well. Of course, it could be
> the generator or wiring downstream from the regulator. It is on my to
> do list )
> The heater control valve also sprang a leak over the distributor, but
> that seems to have occurred only after the breakdown.
> My question really is whether I should go back to the OEM set up
> (which I have n irrational preference for) assuming all the other
> problems are already sorted. Or would I be giving up some significant
> performance enhancements. It did go over the Continental Divide in NC
> strong and well at 60 MPH.
> On 1/10/2018 2:13 AM, PaulHunt73 wrote:
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>> Under those circumstances a fault has obviously developed. I'd
>> definitely resolve that first. If you start messing changing major
>> components and still have problems you won't know whether the
>> original fault is still there, or it is something you have done, or
>> both. But why do you think four things all happened to go wrong at
>> the same time?
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> It ran great for @400 miles on a run from Raleigh, NC to just
>> North of Caryville, TN in the New Years Eve subzero weather, then
>> quit. Would fade and then rev back up (until it didn't
>> anymore). Probably a combination of fuel pump, bad fuel, coil,
>> and voltage regulator issues. Man was it cold on that mountain
>> waiting for AAA!
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