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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:34 pm

Later that same year ...
I went in to town to get the car out of its hibernation, we've been so busy it's the first opportunity I had.
Without much hope (and the interior light being rather dim) I turned the key - and it started instantly :hurrah:
I've since been using it for a couple of weeks as my daily driver - even took the hardtop off when no1 son returned from holidays.
It really is a pleasure to drive and runs perfectly ... except for that bloody choke.
I think the bi-metallic spring thingie has finally given up the ghost because there is no throttle advance at all on starting from cold.
Well, cold-ish, there's not much cold round here at the moment.
I'll have to do some research to find out a/ what it's called and b/ if anyone has one for sale.
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Post by gtcse8 » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:30 pm

Chris I have a couple of complete Pierburg carbs for the 6b/GTC, I could send you a complete choke kit?


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Post by philipmasonfrance » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:59 pm

Which carb do you have on yours, Chris? If it's a Weber, isn't there a manual choke kit available?



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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Aug 26, 2018 8:13 pm

Sounds good to me Mark, let me how much to PayPal.
Phil, it's a Pierburg and being the most stubborn Scimitarist in existence I will make it work correctly :bh
I did think of making a manual choke linkage myself, not very difficult, but I haven't the time,


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Post by DARK STAR » Wed Sep 05, 2018 9:12 pm

It rained last month, before I took the hardtop off.
The hardtop is nice and watertight but I got wet legs.
Looking at the windscreen surround it was obvious why.
As I have come to expect with past work done on the car someone had made a complete hash of the fitting.
It is a new heated screen (can't find the wires to connect it :roll: ) fitted - well sort of - with the old rubber and insert.
There are gaps of up to 6 mm in places and of course the rubber is perished here and there.
I carried out a major renovation with black Sika and have probably cured the leaks, time will tell.
I hope I never need to remove the screen ...

Cleaning up after the Sika I noticed (after three years) that the bottom inside of the screen is dirty.
Is there any way to clean it without removing the dash top?

I also cleaned the interior, convertibles get very dusty in daily use :lol:
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Post by philipmasonfrance » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:22 am

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bottom inside of the screen is dirty.
Crumbs, Chris. I never saw you as a cotton-bud man!! You could try some glass cleaner spray and a small paint-brush, I suppose. Do we have a sub-section for the Concours contestants? But the car does look VERY smart!



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Post by DARK STAR » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:35 am

As I said Phil, it took me three years to notice :lol:
I think the dirt is too engrained for a light wipe with glass cleaner, but the paint brush is a good idea.


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Post by DARK STAR » Fri Sep 28, 2018 5:57 pm

Last-minute preparations for the Scimitar Sortie, I greased, topped-up and even washed the car.
The parts for the choke still haven't arrived (not Mark's fault!)
The throttle doesn't advance which is not a huge problem but at the same time the butterflies stay shut even when warm
so I had the bright idea of holding the butterflies open to
a/ stop the engine coking up
b/ improve the fuel consumption which was about 5 mpg

Is this a good idea or am I being silly again?


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Post by scimjim » Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:00 pm

Yep - just lock them open. Starting from cold might need a bit extra fuel and high tickover for a minute but my sprint car has the chokes wired open (it deliberately runs on the rich side anyway).


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Post by DARK STAR » Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:23 am

Thanks Jim, I'll give it a go then.


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Post by gtcse8 » Sat Sep 29, 2018 10:18 am

Chris
Although I`m not anywhere near my car, I`m sure you can just Advance the electric choke by loosening the screws round the plastic housing and twist the unit as far as it can go, open the throttle at the cable and if you have gone the right way the chokes should open.

Will try get to my emporium today to check and possibly get some pic`s.

Has creativesuecrafty posted out the new unit?, or is it in the system.

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Post by DARK STAR » Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:50 pm

You are right Mark, but the round bi-metallic thingie doesn't work so you can't turn it far enough.
Anyway, I installed some high precision tie wraps to hold the butterflies open and I have just returned home with absolutely no problem after 540 km of Scimitar Sortie.
Still can't believe it ...

The new unit is marked on eBay as sent 19 september, it should arrive before Christmas.


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Post by DARK STAR » Tue Oct 02, 2018 8:55 pm

The new choke thingie arrived today and I had a quick look at the job.
Of course I couldn't remember how it was wired up before I modified it to make the faulty choke work 8)
So I traced the wiring, one positive feed (blue/red) live from the ignition and the other (blue/green) from the temperature sender on the engine.
Plus blue/white which is the feed to the temp sender, connected to the blue/red at the plug.

This is a two-pin plug which goes into the socket on the choke, one pin feeds the centre heating element and the other the outer one.
BUT these researches revealed another puzzle - you can plug the thing in either way round :roll:
The photo shows how the garage near Lyon connected it up, but if this was wrong it could explain why the sodding thing didn't work in the first place.

So can any kind person with a Pierburg please have a look at their plug and tell me which colour(s) are the wire(s) going into the socket nearest/furthest from the carb.
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Post by DARK STAR » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:18 pm

Ok, so nobody following this thread has a Pierburg ...
I'll start a separate enquiry, there must be someone out there ...


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Post by scimjim » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:20 pm

It’s possible that no-one has a Pierburg left on a Scimitar :D


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