[TR] Car trouble in Hannibal, Mo

Kinderlehrer kinderlehrer at comcast.net
Sun Oct 20 19:47:19 MDT 2013

I've had 2 Pertronix units fail, neither time was it a complete quit, but
the symptoms were misfiring and backfiring. Still, might be worth putting in
points, at least until you figure out what's going on.


-----Original Message-----
From: triumphs-bounces at autox.team.net
[mailto:triumphs-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Roger Elliott
Sent: Sunday, October 20, 2013 6:01 PM
To: triumphs at autox.team.net
Subject: Re: [TR] Car trouble in Hannibal, Mo

Hi Everyone,
Thanks for the suggestions.  We ended up renting a truck and trailer to get
the car home.

A few more details that I did not include in the first email as I was using
a tablet and it was not working well.

Car has a Pertronix on it (couple of years old).  Would it fail this way or
just quit?

Alternator seems to be good.  Ammeter is indicating charging when I would
expect it it and a drain basically only when starting.

I am pretty sure the pump we used did not have diesel and I know I pressed
the 91 octane button, so I don't think that is the problem.

The last couple of times it died on a test drive this morning, I pulled over
to the side, and the car started back up immediately and could drive another
mile.  So, it was off for less than a minute. My thinking is that would not
be long enough for the coil to cool down.  But this makes it very hard to
check spark or gas problems because by the time I could open the hood, it
would be willing to run again. Seems to idle fine.

The car doesn't sputter.  It just seems to run out of steam and dies.  I
have to keep pressing the pedal more and the car keeps slowing down until it

I checked the other diaphragm this morning.   It was fine.

The car does run rich, but it has for a long time and it does not seem to
richer now than in the past based on fuel consumption.

I guess I am leaning towards the fuel pump, the coil, one of the hoses I did
not replace, or the floats getting stuck.

Thaks everyone.

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