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got my J running

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07-31-2014 18:24:10

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A few years ago my '37 JT started running bad, had to use the choke just to keep it running. So I put in the shed, drained the gas. So, the last couple of evenings I took the carb off, soaked and blew it out good, flushed out the tank as I see the intake is above the bottom of the tank. I got it going, ran alright, but started hard. This morning I could not get it started, cranking by hand and pulling. I had spark. and gas to the carb. I took out a plug, looked old.( I am sure they were decades old) I called NAPA to see if they still made W-14 plugs, he had four in stock (at $10 each) That was a surprise! I put them in and gave the crank a tug and it fired right up. Now it needs a good wash.

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tired of cranking

08-02-2014 06:16:52

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 Re: got my J running in reply to brian(MN), 07-31-2014 18:24:10  
I find that a lot of people do not realize that a spark plug will "wear" out. The electrode will burn off until it is rounded, causing it to be harder to jump a spark, regardless of the gap. Think about it: a new plug has a sharp edge to jump the spark. An old one has a rounded edge, which takes more energy to cause it to arc. This really makes a difference in a crank start engine. Also, only use copper plug wires.

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08-01-2014 06:12:43

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 Re: got my J running in reply to brian(MN), 07-31-2014 18:24:10  
30 years ago I bought a JT from Don Biewer at Barnsville, Minnesoda, it had the original engine.
I have sold it some time ago.

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Alan K

07-31-2014 20:29:46

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 Re: got my J running in reply to brian(MN), 07-31-2014 18:24:10  
Glad you got it running again. Spark plugs aren't as cheap as they used to be are they? ...but then again nothing ever is.

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