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Postby jifop » 03 May 2005, 20:33

well this morning at 6am i started my drive from sheffield to cambridge, got down the hill outside my girlfriends and thought hmm somones smells petrolly, the smoke coming from my bonnet quickly convinced me that it was probably my car.

so i pulled over to find fuel pissing out of the bottom of the carb (that plastic bung thing) all over the exhaust manifolds! nice! by the time the rac came and couldnt fix it, i eventually got recovered and 3hrs later was at work by 4pm! what a day
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Postby chris(not) » 03 May 2005, 21:16

Lucky it was petrol not brake fluid dripping on that manifold.

Sounds like the O ring has given up sealing the jet adjuster to the float chamber, (maybe eaten by unleaded) or the bottom has fallen out of the adjuster. Either way sounds fiddly rather than expensive to fix even if you can't get the bits and have to fork out for a secondhand carb.

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Postby Doive » 03 May 2005, 23:45

From what I have heard petrol doesn't burn with the heat, merely evaporates. Not something I would personally like to experience! I have replaced my fuel hoses several times as I'm paranoid that they will split and piss petrol all over the hot manifold - now using braided compressor hose as someone on here said its good stuff. Hopefully you will get the carb all sorted out and get back on the road!

So does brake fluid burn then?
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Postby mint » 04 May 2005, 00:29

Doive wrote:So does brake fluid burn then?


Yes, when you get it in your eye
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Postby shuvit-tim » 04 May 2005, 03:44

drove 150miles in the chevette with a split fuel lne pissing out all over the manifold without realising it. smelt like a lawnmower lol.
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Postby jifop » 04 May 2005, 08:06

Doive wrote: now using braided compressor hose as someone on here said its good stuff.


you mean air compressor hose i take it? i used that for a while but it rotted through really quickly :shock:

dunno about brake fluid never tried to burn it, guess it would make a mess of your manifolds aswell!
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Postby Neilyman » 04 May 2005, 09:42

jifop wrote:
Doive wrote: now using braided compressor hose as someone on here said its good stuff.


you mean air compressor hose i take it? i used that for a while but it rotted through really quickly :shock:


That would be me Doive.
jifop, you must have used `cheapo` stuff mate. Braided air hose used in garages is petrol/oil resistant, for obvious reasons. I`ve had the same hose on my car for 5 yrs, looks as good as the day I fitted it. It`s the black stuff, not the clear stuff with nylon string in it!
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Postby Doive » 04 May 2005, 10:23

Erm, mine is the clear stuff. Perhaps I'll be changing that then. It's the stuff that is used at work for all compressor duties. I do have proper black fuel hose I picked up at an autojumble recently, I'll have to fit that this weekend.
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Postby jifop » 04 May 2005, 10:48

Neilyman wrote:
jifop wrote:
Doive wrote: now using braided compressor hose as someone on here said its good stuff.


you mean air compressor hose i take it? i used that for a while but it rotted through really quickly :shock:


That would be me Doive.
jifop, you must have used `cheapo` stuff mate. Braided air hose used in garages is petrol/oil resistant, for obvious reasons. I`ve had the same hose on my car for 5 yrs, looks as good as the day I fitted it. It`s the black stuff, not the clear stuff with nylon string in it!


no it was that nice thick black stuff, didnt say oil resistant on it though, only was a temporary bodge until i could get the right stuff

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Postby shuvit-tim » 04 May 2005, 11:10

am also using the clear stuff with the nylon in, but then again neither the engine nor the carb have seen any fuel in 18months lol
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Postby Shellysowner » 04 May 2005, 12:20

Roger that Doive and Tim, clear (well, yellow) nylon stuff here too. Only been on there for around 9 months tho.
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Postby Doive » 04 May 2005, 12:30

Mine has been on since september, the best thing about it is you can watch the fuel flowing into the carb! Entertainment for hours for those of us who are easily amused.
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Postby Neilyman » 04 May 2005, 12:44

If it`s all OK, then keep it. I was just explaining that mine`s not clear.
I don`t know how fuel proof the clear stuff is.
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Postby Shellysowner » 04 May 2005, 12:54

Well I dunno, to be honest I only put it on there as a temporary measure as I thought it would probably 'melt' in time (you don't even want to know what sort of tubing was on there before!), however fairly recent checks have shown that it's still in A1 condition so I'll keep you posted as to whether it falls apart or not!
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Postby shuvit-tim » 04 May 2005, 12:59

Doive wrote:Mine has been on since september, the best thing about it is you can watch the fuel flowing into the carb! Entertainment for hours for those of us who are easily amused.


just put an online fuel filter on lol. then it BUBBLES too!!!! :lol:

i always wanted to put a perspex top on my K&N so i could see the jets working.
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Postby jifop » 04 May 2005, 17:18

shuvit-tim wrote:just put an online fuel filter on lol. then it BUBBLES too!!!! :lol:
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WOW i want one! does that mean i can login and check its status?


on another note, i spent my lunchtime rebuilding the carburetor! i now have an intimate bond with it!

turned out to be the O ring on the outside of the jet, it had perished over the years (the smaller O ring) luckily someone on the airfield has been breaking a 1256 firenza so i nicked the carb off it and used the O ring, while it was apart cleaned the whole carb, its amazing what 20 odd years of use do to a carb! success no fuel leakage, runs like a bag of sh1t but i need to sort the mixture out, i just guessed the mixture at 10.5 turns (roughly the amout to unscrew it) managed to sort a lift out tonight so will do that tommorrow! fingers crossed

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Postby Neilyman » 04 May 2005, 18:08

jifop wrote: i need to sort the mixture out, i just guessed the mixture at 10.5 turns


You sure do!, set the top of the jet level with the bridge ( the hole in the bottom of the carb the jet pokes through ) & then lower the jet 2.5 turns.
That figures for `new` carbs, so maybe a turn more will be ok.
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