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Re: fuel leaking out of choke when I try to start my 1959 fo

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Sean in PA

11-16-2012 13:51:54

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First, if your starter switch is still wired the way it was originally on that tractor, then you should eb able to put the gearshift in neutral and push the start button and the starter should spin the engine no m,matter what position the key switch is in. If this is not the case, we need more information on how your starter switch is wired to be able to help.

From the title of this thread, this is a 1959 Ford, and since we're talking about the carb, and coil and spark, then it's got a gasoline engine, right? If so, then it was originally 6 volt positive ground. Is it still 6 volt positive ground? If it's been converted to 12 volt negative ground, then you'll want to be using the positive terminal of the battery for your test, not the negative.

The "High Tension" wire is that thick wire from the center of the top of the coil to the center of the top of the distributor cap. "High Tension" is another term for "High Voltage", which is what the output of the coil produces to be able to get a good strong spark.

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Chad Batterman

11-16-2012 18:37:31

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 Re: fuel leaking out of choke when I try to start my 1959 fo in reply to Sean in PA, 11-16-2012 13:51:54  
Thanks for the info. It's 12 volt negative ground on a gasoline engine. Since my last post, I have solved the electrical problem by replacing all plugs, plug wires, points, condensor, and resistor. Between that and the carb work, she runs like a scalded dog. Now, on to re-soldering and pressure-testing the radiator. My thanks to Royce, Soundguy, Showcrop, Dean, and Sean in PA. for all the helpful info. Also thanks to Tom Bell at Sell Tractor Service, here in Amarillo, Texas. I couldn't have done it without you. I'll be posting any future quandries on Yesterday's Tractor Forum. You guys are the bee's knees!

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