[TR] Non-TR Head Gasket Question

Kinderlehrer kinderlehrer at comcast.net
Thu Dec 15 10:55:10 MST 2016

Always a good idea to carry a length of wire with alligator clips on both
ends. In a failure such as you describe, clip one end to the battery, the
other to the battery side of the coil. If the car runs, you've isolated the
problem to ignition switch, ammeter, and whatever else could be in the way,
plus you can drive home.
Just a thought,

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From: Triumphs [mailto:triumphs-bounces at autox.team.net] On Behalf Of Jeff
Sent: Thursday, December 15, 2016 5:25 AM
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Subject: Re: [TR] Non-TR Head Gasket Question

On Wed, Dec 14, 2016 at 4:45 PM, TERRY SMITH <terryrs at comcast.net> wrote:
> Thank you, everyone, for responding.  Good idea.  Should have thought 
> of that.  So what you're saying is that my guess might be correct that  
> there could be a crack or a failure in the gasket that could widen at 
> operating temperature enough to take a strong running engine down to

I'm almost positive it's either coil, condenser, or points.  But to
eliminate the guesswork, you can run some other tests.  Or put on some old
parts that were working when you removed them.  You do have a box of old
coils and condensers, right?

I'd take a patient friend along on a thirty-minute ride and verify that
there is spark immediately after the car shuts down.  Then throw on a spare
coil and see if it runs.  Then try the condenser.
Remember, 99% of carburetter problems are electrical in nature.

Jeff Scarbrough
Corrosion Acres, Ga.

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