I'm nearly 500 miles on the new engine. I've finally got it set up nicely. I don't know why I was having trouble, it's the simplest of engines/carb to set up! I couldn't get the idle right, the AF gauge was reading very rich on idle and the plugs were sooting up so much they were failing.
then, whilst adjusting the choke (for the 1000 time) I noticed what was wrong.....
The electric idle shut off valve thingy looked quite far out. I could see maybe 8 or so of the threads. A gentle turn of the valve confirmed I hadn't screwed it in all the way. So fuel would have been pooring past it instead of through the jet. Hurrah!
Then the engine wouldn't run when it was cold, spluttering and coughing etc. Oh, I'd better reset the choke, which I'd adjusted back so much it wasn't doing anything.
And that's it, the engine runs lovely now!
So what do I think of my car now it's virtually stock?
I love it even more! The ride is so much smoother than when it was lowered, the engine is sweet. I'm treating it gently at the moment due to running in, but it has enough poke to keep up with the traffic on my commute. The drum brakes are good enough, although I have needed to adjust them as they have bedded in.
I have a slight twist in the drivers seat back. The frame must be damaged somehow, so I'll need to look at that at some point.
The rear valence just does not fit well. It's a pattern part I bought years ago. So I'll make a new one at some point.
I really need to adjust the steering stops! They were set for when the car was lowered. I can only just get into the carpark at work! Lol
The car attracts attention ever time I stop anywhere.