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 Posted: Jul 20, 2019 03:32PM
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It was the white wire from the low tension lead (that sits in the side of the dust) to the points.  It’s an old 40819 distributor. Melted off or exposed 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch where it came off.

I am working for Lyft now and only seem to get a couple hours a day until the last week or so of the month when I’m off. That’s why it takes so long to get stuff done

 Posted: Jul 20, 2019 07:33AM
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Great!
I was beginning to wonder if you'd got it going and never looked back... or you got it going, had trouble and never got back home!
Which low tension lead under the dizzy cap - from the coil or to the dizzy body? Assuming the first, what caused it to be worn away: rubbing on the rotor or the dizzy body?

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 Posted: Jul 19, 2019 06:42PM
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All is good!!! I finally got to drive it today. It was running right yesterday but I didn’t get a chance to drive it.  Ran and worked great but It was a little sluggish at the bottom end of fourth, maybe the first few hundred rpm’s??  I don’t really know what the problem was because I changed all the turning stuff. But one thing I did notice as soon as I removed the distributor cap was the low tension lead was worn away and the wires were exposed. Not bad, just a little

 Posted: Jul 17, 2019 04:47AM
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... and????

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 Posted: Jul 15, 2019 04:54PM
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 Got it back together. All new tuning parts. Got it back to a baseline. Now it’s time to see if the original issue persists. I’ve set aside tomorrow to take it out and drive it.

 Posted: Jul 12, 2019 06:32AM
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Originally Posted by tothefloor
 
 I took the mini out last night. After about a block it started shuttering. By chattering a man that I was moving back-and-forth in the seat because every time I stepped on the gas it was cutting out.
That's a lot more than one cylinder having a miss.

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 Posted: Jul 11, 2019 12:39PM
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If you have one you could drive around with timing light run inside the car, and see if it cuts out at the same time you misfire.
That's why i suggested looking at the tachometer if fitted as it would do the same thing.
It's not fool proof though as i had a jumping tach needle with a fuel issue once.


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 Posted: Jul 11, 2019 07:32AM
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If you have one you could drive around with timing light run inside the car, and see if it cuts out at the same time you misfire.

 Posted: Jul 11, 2019 06:41AM
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Check for a spark first and backtrack from there.


If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 06:39PM
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 I am not jumping to the carb I increase the idle the other day because it needed it  The hif 44 is simple compared to my weber,but  I would never go to the carb first. I had been thinking about Richening the mixture but with all this going on I’m gonna wait on that till later.  It didn’t start today but at least I’m back in familiar territory. Cheers 

 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 07:14AM
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 This thing is always a project. I did pull the fuel filter there was a piece of paper in there floating around. The only thing I changed on the carb was the idle adjustment and since I screwed with it so many times before I’m just going back to the original setting.  The HIF is simple there is nothing for me to screw up with on that carb

I will set the timing again this morning.

 As for the grounded battery cable yes ... I do have a memory some 25 years ago of grounding the whole thing out and ppppI believe I just used a plastic bag to insulate the thing. I’ve got no idea if I’ve ever changed the cable or not I’ll have to see when I get under there. 

 At this point at 3:30 in the morning I don’t even know if I’m on track to even being able to start the car today. Yep put a fork in it I think I killed it this time
I don't think it is fuel related unless the pump is going bad. Most owners jump to the carb or fuel system right off the bat when they have running issues and the majority of the time it is usually electrical in my long experience with British cars and Mini's.


If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 06:03AM
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Champion spark plug used to sell a inductive pen for checking spark, has a little light that glows for each spark by laying it against the plug wire or coil wire, makes for a quick test if your engine dies. Fits nicely in a pocket protector, or right in your lab coat pocket.

 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 05:15AM
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Sorry...points 
Before changing anything, check the tiny flexible ground wire inside the distributor, going from the advance plate (holding the points and condenser) to the shell of the distributor. I was plagued with random no-starts until I discovered mine was loose. 
Once, when this happened to me, for example, I'd stopped at a mall for about 15 minutes and when I came out, the Mini wouldn't start. The symptoms seemed like vapour lock or flooding... eventually it would flood because of no spark. I pulled and dried the spark plugs and cranked the engine to dry out the cylinders, but it still wouldn't start. I had to resort to a ride for the Mini on a flatbed tow. After I got it home, it would start. Systematically checking the carb and the entire ignition system, the LAST thing I found was this wire was loose. With it tightened, the problem was solved.
 

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 Posted: Jul 10, 2019 02:26AM
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 This thing is always a project. I did pull the fuel filter there was a piece of paper in there floating around. The only thing I changed on the carb was the idle adjustment and since I screwed with it so many times before I’m just going back to the original setting.  The HIF is simple there is nothing for me to screw up with on that carb

I will set the timing again this morning.

 As for the grounded battery cable yes ... I do have a memory some 25 years ago of grounding the whole thing out and ppppI believe I just used a plastic bag to insulate the thing. I’ve got no idea if I’ve ever changed the cable or not I’ll have to see when I get under there. 

 At this point at 3:30 in the morning I don’t even know if I’m on track to even being able to start the car today. Yep put a fork in it I think I killed it this time

 Posted: Jul 9, 2019 08:49AM
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Sorry...points 
Before changing anything, check the tiny flexible ground wire inside the distributor, going from the advance plate (holding the points and condenser) to the shell of the distributor. I was plagued with random no-starts until I discovered mine was loose. 

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 Posted: Jul 9, 2019 08:26AM
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Is the tachometer jumping around?
If so replace the condenser.


If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Jul 8, 2019 06:52PM
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Sorry...points 

 Posted: Jul 8, 2019 03:01PM
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Ok on a HIF to make it richer you screw it in clockwise which is the opposite of a HS carb.
Mixture does not magically move itself there is usually something else going on.
Check and reset everything else before touching the carb.

I asked but don't think you answered points or electronic?


If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

 Posted: Jul 8, 2019 02:40PM
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It’s a HIF 44.  The idle is the most forward screw (looking at it) on the right hand side.

And I was going to ask, the mixture adjustment screw is on the back left-hand corner where the fuel comes in???  And which way is richer??

 Posted: Jul 8, 2019 01:40PM
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That was a mess. need to go to Idaho to get gas  re-adjusted the idol to 1 1/2 turns open.  Will try everything Malsal 
Are you speaking of the jet on a HS carb?
That is not the idle it is the mixture adjustment.


If in doubt, flat out. Colin Mc Rae MBE 1968-2007.

Give a car more power and it goes faster on the straights,
make a car lighter and it's faster everywhere. Colin Chapman.

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