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by Napoleon Boot
Sat May 30, 2020 10:04 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Another time, save yourself - and your mate - some time and effort. Check for spark at the king lead by removing the distributor cap and operating the points with an insulated screwdriver. Doing it that way checks with the condenser in circuit. Battery drain is only about 4A while the points are cl...
by Napoleon Boot
Sat May 30, 2020 6:08 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

It sometimes IS the coil! After replacing the rather tired distributor cap, spark plugs and leads with new ones from Distributor Doctor and Accuspark respectively, I still wasn't getting a spark from the king lead, so I unbolted the old coil and installed the spare. it was a bit fiddly due to its po...
by Napoleon Boot
Mon May 25, 2020 5:01 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Well I think (hope) that I've got to the bottom of it. After checking continuity in the spark plug leads, I found that the lead to plug one had no continuity; after taking the lead out of the distributor cap it was clear why - the first centimeter of wire was charcoal. It looks like the car must hav...
by Napoleon Boot
Mon May 25, 2020 2:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Updating myself which I’m sure is bad form, so apologies! After stripping away more insulation, I found some strands of what look like metal, so tested there and now I’m getting a reading, there’s resistance, but there is a closed circuit. Crossing my fingers that I might get a spark now- if so, new...
by Napoleon Boot
Mon May 25, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Well, my optimism this morning melted away like an ice cream dropped on the pavement :( Armed with a fully charged battery, I tried starting, and nothing. Roped in my mate to try doing a spark test- nothing from the plugs, and nothing from the king lead. I tried swapping the coil yesterday and it ma...
by Napoleon Boot
Sun May 24, 2020 4:56 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Success! Of sorts. I suddenly remembered reading a post on here bemoaning the quality of new rotor arms, so I fetched an old one from my spares box, swapped it with the new one that came with the Accuspark kit, and she started first time. Never had any problems up until now so I guess it's just sods...
by Napoleon Boot
Sun May 24, 2020 3:38 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Just for clarity, I did touch the spark plugs against the engine as well, just to be safe. (Update) Replaced the coil - it wasn’t the coil. I remade a wiring connection which I had to make when I fitted the accuspark, as I had my doubts about it, but no dice. Battery seems to be starting to run low ...
by Napoleon Boot
Sun May 24, 2020 3:36 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

No spark! I checked each plug in turn, holding it close to an unpainted bit of the engine while my mate turned the key, and there was no spark from any of them- it’s very bright out but I tried to do it in the shadows and could still see nothing. The odd thing was that some smoke did come out of the...
by Napoleon Boot
Sun May 24, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Hi Phil,

Yep, it was running fine before I tinkered with it, so I’m certain it’s to do with the mixture, though I’ve checked everything else I can think of as well. Have just roped someone in to crank the key while I check the spark, will report back.

Ta!
by Napoleon Boot
Sun May 24, 2020 3:07 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Thanks Phil, No, I usually start the engine the same way as you, I just wondered whether the hot weather made it unnecessary, and that I was making the fuel too rich for the engine to start. Just another possibility to cross off the list. I’ve taken the dashpot off and checked the jet, needle etc, e...
by Napoleon Boot
Sun May 24, 2020 1:59 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Back in the car; I pushed the choke back in and the jet assembly responded as it should do. So I tightened the jet adjustment nut again, wound it down 12 flats and tried starting- nothing. Waited, wound it down one more flat to enrichen the mix- nothing. Two flats - nothing. The plugs can’t be wet a...
by Napoleon Boot
Sat May 23, 2020 10:44 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

Re: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

Ah, thanks Phil; I must have left the choke partially out that last time and not noticed. I'll try again tomorrow making sure that the choke is in before adjusting the nut.

Seb
by Napoleon Boot
Sat May 23, 2020 9:41 pm
Forum: Mechanical
Topic: HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot
Replies: 18
Views: 230

HS2 Carb setting advice for an idiot

The idiot in question being me! For reasons now best forgotten, I decided to fiddle with the jet adjusting screw and as a result, am now struggling to get the engine running. After checking things like compression, fuel pump, float bowl, spark plugs, cables etc, I decided to tighten the jet adjustin...
by Napoleon Boot
Mon Apr 27, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition light staying on
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Re: Ignition light staying on

That slip ring definitely could do with flatting - as good as the ‘un-rubbed’ bits. Easy enough if you have a wide range of abrasive sheets, but not much cheaper (if you need to source the abrasives) than unsoldering the slip ring and fitting a new one.🙂. Relatively ‘cheap as chips’ compared to an ...
by Napoleon Boot
Mon Apr 27, 2020 7:00 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition light staying on
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Re: Ignition light staying on

Well, we did recommend having a look first..... Yes, I know... So we established that there is no fuse for the headlamps and that you shorted some wires whilst 'fiddling'... so what happened next? Have you left some disconnected wiring somewhere? Did you actually short them enough to burn something...
by Napoleon Boot
Mon Apr 27, 2020 6:05 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition light staying on
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Re: Ignition light staying on

I expect it is brushes. It usually is. You're absolutely right! I took the old alternator off and opened it up; one of the brushes had come away from its spring/wiring and was lying loose in the bottom of the brush box: IMG_7906.jpg It had been rubbing considerably on the slip ring; I have cleaned ...
by Napoleon Boot
Fri Apr 24, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition light staying on
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Re: Ignition light staying on

The headlamps are not fused on a standard car. If you have a blown fuse, which one, and what else isn't working? The headlamps not working is probably a wiring issue. Actually the headlights are a red herring; I remembered that I had to fiddle around with the indicator/wiper stalks (not standard) i...
by Napoleon Boot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 6:19 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition light staying on
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Re: Ignition light staying on

[/quote] Depends on your level of knowledge and confidence with such things. Take a look at youtube and there's plenty of instructional videos. For example this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=482&v=hmx2fHdmBIw&feature=emb_logo [/quote] Thanks for the link, I hadn't found that video...
by Napoleon Boot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 4:31 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition light staying on
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Re: Ignition light staying on

Just have a double check that the small ignition light wire is fully connected. It is really easy to disturb that wire if you have been doing some work on that side of the engine. Also, before you buy a new alternator, check the voltage across the battery terminals with the engine stopped and then ...
by Napoleon Boot
Thu Apr 23, 2020 2:46 pm
Forum: Electrical
Topic: Ignition light staying on
Replies: 18
Views: 575

Re: Ignition light staying on

Noted that you have an alternator. You are describing classic signs of an alternator that needs attention. If you feel competent, then DIY repair is possible, if not, then just slap in a new one. The accuspark will not have caused the problem. A ha, I thought it might be the alternator based on oth...