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Fresh engine first start

Post by Steve Jelf » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:47 am

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I was working up a sweat with lots of crank pulling yesterday. I got about a half dozen false starts. The engine would run a second or two and die. So this morning I removed the NH to check it out. I found the float setting was ½". I have no idea why I would have done such a thing, but I reset it to ¼", put the carb back on the car, and started it up. When I installed the crank pulley I thought it was OK, but the clatter says I need a better one.

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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by modeltbarn » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:49 am

For the interim it's easy and effective to make a shim for the pulley out of a strip of a coke or beer can... I did this on a tour and it has worked great for years for me!

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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by Steve Jelf » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:01 am

I once used a shim. It was too thick, and later when I had to remove the pulley it was the job from Hell. :)
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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by modeltbarn » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:57 am

Use a thinner shim, or only go 1/2 way around!


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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by Scottio » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:02 pm

When I started my T for the first time after a rebuild it acted like it was seizing after a second or two. The engine started but then stopped abruptly. After a few restarts it would run longer and longer till it stayed running. I watched the oil and the water temperature closely. It eventually “ran in” and now runs fine. I was sure it was seizing but according to the guys on this site it is common after rebuilding. I thought sure I had ruined my engine but that was five years ago and still running great.

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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by Ruxstel24 » Tue Aug 06, 2019 12:12 pm

Won't be long now, before you're in the breeze !! 8-)


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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by Dallas Landers » Tue Aug 06, 2019 1:03 pm

I used a brass shim hammered to thickness needed. Removed it this winter and installed same shim, no problem.


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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by Altair » Tue Aug 06, 2019 2:35 pm

It is good to hear that you didn't have to tow it, they should crank after a rebuild.

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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by CudaMan » Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:51 pm

Congratulations! What's up with the jumper cables?
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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by Steve Jelf » Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:51 pm

It was mighty stiff at first, but even after running only about an hour and a half it's pulling easier. The car battery wouldn't hold a charge, so I started with a separate battery. It will start on MAG when warm now, but it will need to loosen up a bit more to start easily without the battery.
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Re: Fresh engine first start

Post by Jack Putnam, in Ohio » Tue Aug 06, 2019 4:22 pm

A good way to fix a loose pulley is to coat the inside with a liberal coat of tin solder (50/50). Tap it into place, any high spots in the tinning will self cut to size. No shimming, and will last for years.

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