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Old 11-27-2021, 09:41 PM   #21
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The 30 Fordor I drive sat up a while and wouldn't start. A friend took the carb off and cleaned it, he said the jets were plugged. I find this car starts best with the GAV a full turn out, then lean it do 1/4-1/2 turn for driving. You didnt mention where the GAV is on your A.
Good luck, you'll get her going soon. What part of Texas are you in ? I'm north of Ft. Worth.
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Old 11-27-2021, 11:22 PM   #22
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Running with the choke pulled = fouled spark plugs , clean and gap or replace plugs
Setting for a couple of months = corroded points , clean and gap points
Cold starting set GAV 1/2-1 turn open, left lever up, right lever down 2-3 clicks, fuel valve open/on, ignition on, pull choke out, push starter button, 2-3 turns of the engine push choke in, engine should be running, adjust idle speed with right lever as needed to keep running, pull the left lever down 3-4 clicks , then turn GAV 1/4-1/2 open
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Old 11-28-2021, 01:11 PM   #23
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A little update:

I am such an amateur. The one youtube video i watched "how to start a Model A" never mentioned anything about the GAV. As a result, mine was open 3 full turns.

Got the car running today. Idles good (to my untrained ears). Drives like crap. It stalled out a few times. The GAV was open 3/4 turn. Too much gas??

It won't restart now. Once the car is warmed. What is the caused of the restart issue???
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Old 11-28-2021, 01:36 PM   #24
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The 30 Fordor I drive sat up a while and wouldn't start. A friend took the carb off and cleaned it, he said the jets were plugged. I find this car starts best with the GAV a full turn out, then lean it do 1/4-1/2 turn for driving. You didnt mention where the GAV is on your A.
Good luck, you'll get her going soon. What part of Texas are you in ? I'm north of Ft. Worth.
Sugar Land Texas, south west of Houston
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Old 11-28-2021, 02:00 PM   #25
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Hello again,this is what a Zenith Carburetor looks like, cast construction original to the Model A will rust on the inside.
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Old 11-28-2021, 07:15 PM   #26
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Next time it stalls and will not restart...spray a little shot of either in the carb, and step on the starter. That will tell you if it is electrical or fuel. If electrical, I have had the ignition cable screwed into the distributor too far. Heats up the tang on the lower plate extends and grounds out. Cools off it contracts and no longer touches. Maybe condensor? Some of the simplest stuff will stump you...

You do seem to be gaining ground on your issue.
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Old 11-28-2021, 10:00 PM   #27
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Sugar Land Texas, south west of Houston
A little far from me, sorry. We thinking about Galveston or BP for Christmas.

You'll get her figured out, I run mine at 1/2 to 1/4 turn on the gav.
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Old 11-30-2021, 11:20 AM   #28
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A little update:

I am going backwards. It's a Tillotson Model X.
It starts and can not keep an idle. It dies after i give it gas. There is some gas on the floor.

It would start for a few seconds after a shot of starting fluid.

Still a gas issue?

Do i need a carb rebuild?
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Old 11-30-2021, 07:06 PM   #29
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Pull the carburetor off, take it apart and clean/blow it out. About an even chance your gaskets can be reused if your careful taking it apart. New gasket set is cheap if needed.
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Old 11-30-2021, 08:36 PM   #30
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Sounds like carburetor issue could be the float is stuck or main jet in carb is not seating that will allow fuel to flow out. Always nice to have a spare good carburetor and distributor, Most long time Model A owners have many spare parts on a shelf for backup , to the point they can build a car from parts .Also be careful with starting fluid too much will clean oil off cylinder walls in a non starting condition.
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