[TR] erratic carburator idle

TERRY SMITH terryrs at comcast.net
Fri May 18 14:40:16 MDT 2018

Much smarter people than I are going to respond, but here's my thoughts.  But first, a follow up question.  How long has it been since the carb, like your engine, was rebuilt?  Reason I ask, if throttle shafts are worn, they might start sucking air a tiny bit as the engine heats up as it idles for a long period of time.  Then as you run the engine, the temperature drops down a bit and the carb contracts ever so slightly back onto the throttle shafts.  There are ways to test it by spraying some sort of chemical (not sure what kind) on the throttle shafts where they go into the carb to see if it causes the engine to speed up.

Doubtless not the right answer, but sure was fun thinking it!


> On May 18, 2018 at 10:54 AM Rochlin Robert wrote:
>     I’ve been working through, what I think is, a carburetor problem. My 72’ TR6 has a rebuilt engine with a Goodparts mild cam and compression of about 9:1. Then I start from cold the engine runs really well, but after it is throughly warmed up it gets finicky. When I idle for a long period of time the idle will gradually decay. Also if I stop, the engine will start right up, but idle at a very low RPM. This poor idle improves as the engine is rum for a while. On one hand is sounds like vapor lock or at least heat effecting the carburetors, but the weather here is not hot yet and the engine seems to exhibit this behavior when the ambient temperature is in the 60’s F. My knee jerk reaction is that I should add a carburetor heat shield, but before I did that I wanted two ask if anyone else has had this difficulty or may suggest something I’m missing.
>     Thanks in advance.
>     Bob
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