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ALL mechanical and technical related questions / Re: Hard start issues
« Last post by mkoloc on Today at 08:17:22 AM »
Great comments BP suggested start with your engine ground strap, battery ground etc. they could be loose or making poor contact and all ground points should have two star washers (top and bottom of the strap) to help them seat correctly against the metal and bolt. My track only had a single washer on the engine ground when I recovered it as did the battery ground strap,  I also cleaned up the metal so that the straps would have good contact with the body.   

Had a similar vapor lock issue issues with a M37 after it had heated up.  Landed up insulating my fuel line and the bottom of the carb, and the problem immediately stopped regards vapor lock.  Summit Racing has all kinds of insulation goodies for vehicles. 

Do you know the condition of the brushes in your starter or the condition of the armature and bearings. if there is any wear regards bearings, armature etc. its enough to create drag in the starter, especially if its been heated up.

Please keep us posted on the outcome.

Yep. Had the same problem. Your engine is getting hot because your timing is off and basically boiling your gas (vapor locking) your engine. Check the counter weights in your distributor to make sure they are installed correctly and reset your timing. My counter weights were installed backwards in the distributor before I got the track, and I heard from others that it could be the problem. That should take most of the problem away. Also helps to shut the gas flow off a minute before you shut down the engine to starve the carb a little.

I’m certainly not an expert but if you audibly think the starter is slow, it could be worth looking into why. Try a jumper cable from starter to a good earth and see if it speeds up. A bad earth usually gets hot so it could be worth just carefully feeling each earth to see if there’s one that’s V hot. Worth a try as it costs nothing.
ALL mechanical and technical related questions / Hard start issues
« Last post by Cleprechaun on Today at 02:23:39 AM »
I consider myself a pretty good trouble shooter and I have solved several mysteries on my halftrack, but this one has me stumped. It doesn’t like to start after Iv driven it for an hour or so. It starts easy in the morning. It runs great. It’s charging. It idles and revs up fine. It never gets hot and runs at about 160. Every great now and then I get a puff of blue smoke. When it’s good and warm, and you hit the starter button, the motor is slow to turn over and can take a minute to start, which is an eternity While at a gas pump. About the time you think the battery is dead, it starts. Holding the gas pedal down doesn’t seem to help and pumping it doesn’t help. My last three guesses are either the carb is dumping gas in the motor after I shut it off, or the starter is hot and taking up all the juice (I’m running 1 large 12 volt bat.) or there is a timing issue. I did a dump run today and nearly got stranded at a gas station.
  Any ideas?
ALL mechanical and technical related questions / Re: African Queen Clutch Project
« Last post by mkoloc on September 21, 2020, 08:59:59 PM »
ALCON:  Success removing the clutch and pressure plate today.  Pulled my wood blocks, but did not seem to make a difference.  Used one of my bearing pullers and she popped loose.  Left a couple of bolts in loosely so everything would not drop out uncontroled.  Quite the snap when she popped loose  Clutch is worn, but it is worn evenly.  Pressure plate and ring gear surfaces are in great shape. 

I have one broken bolt to extract. A little heat and a vice grip should get the job done.

Am wondering how thick the new clutch linings should be.  Thinking about a 1/2" inch total considering the clutch adjustment figures.  Any input is greatly appreciated as I want to have new linings put on locally.

Some pics:

what's on your mind? / Re: Lost my Best Friend
« Last post by WayOffTrack on September 21, 2020, 11:32:55 AM »
I'm still grieving the loss of my 16 yr old buddy last Halloween. Hang in there. At least I have the solace of knowing I rescued him and gave him a great home. His name was also Jack.
what's on your mind? / Re: Portland show
« Last post by Outsider on September 21, 2020, 09:30:52 AM »
John was there and driving around in Mike's video in front of him.

what's on your mind? / Re: Portland show
« Last post by Tapper02 on September 21, 2020, 09:03:58 AM »
Good for you guys!  Looks like it was a great turnout.  We have a small meet next week down here just north of LA being put on by the won’t be big but it is something...looking forward to it.  Thanks for the videos.

ALL mechanical and technical related questions / Re: African Queen Clutch Project
« Last post by Smadge on September 21, 2020, 08:19:53 AM »

I used a crowbar to remove the wooden blocks, one side at a time, and they will fall right out.  Used a bar to put them back in as well.

Glad you received the alignment tool.

ALL mechanical and technical related questions / Re: African Queen Clutch Project
« Last post by mkoloc on September 21, 2020, 07:58:17 AM »
Paul, recieved the clutch allignment tool in the mail!!!  Thank you so much going to tear into my clutch today and get it off the track as we arrived home last night from our Florida trip. 

Will pick up a slidE hammer if a couple of the suggestions ive recieved from others dont pan out.  1st thing is tapping out my two wooden blocks and then trying some other pointers.  I'll get it off, no matter what :-). 
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