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52 A Boy

12-23-2002 16:02:02

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Im working on a 1953 CA Allis Chalmers and i just can't get it to start, i've got new plugs points condenser cap and rotar. But im only gettin 4 volts through to the plugs. Im getting plenty of fuel to it also. Im gonna check the timing tomorrow. Thanks for any advise.

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12-25-2002 06:21:35

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 Re: 1953 CA in reply to 52 A Boy, 12-23-2002 16:02:02  
52A Boy, 1 other thing pull bowl off carb and check main jet in bottom of bowl, you might be geting gas to the carb but 0 to the engine,This has happened to me 1 time when the jet was plugged. Justin Ny

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Phil Auten (Tx)

12-24-2002 11:19:10

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 Re: 1953 CA in reply to 52 A Boy, 12-23-2002 16:02:02  
When you get those new plug wires, be sure to get copper core wires, not resistance wires. It will make a world of difference. Also, I would get new plugs while I was at it, and go with Autolite 295 instead of the normal 303. This is a hotter plug and will be a lot more resistant to fouling under light use. If you're going to use it hard, stick with the 303 plugs.
After that, timing would be my next guess, even if it ran yesterday. I hope this didn't happen, but it could have bad timing gears and be firing at the wrong time.

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52 A Boy

12-24-2002 09:44:06

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 Re: 1953 CA in reply to 52 A Boy, 12-23-2002 16:02:02  
I just put a new coil on it and it still won't start, i will go to town and get some new wires and see if that helps.

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Justin NY

12-23-2002 19:28:37

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 Re: 1953 CA in reply to 52 A Boy, 12-23-2002 16:02:02  
I agree with Steve it sounds like a bad coil! Justin NY

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12-23-2002 18:59:01

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 Re: 1953 CA in reply to 52 A Boy, 12-23-2002 16:02:02  
pull out a couple plugs and put them in the spark plug wires. lay the plug on block and crank the motor. look for the spark at the plug gaps. if you have good white-blue spark o.k., if not, then maybe the coil is bad, assuming the wires are good, and the point wire is not grounded out, and the point is closing and making good contact.

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52 A Boy

12-28-2002 06:06:10

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 Re: Re: 1953 CA in reply to steve, 12-23-2002 18:59:01  
We finally got it running, we switched the spark plug wires around and just kept messing with them and it finally came alive after sitting for 8 months. I feel kind of stupid trying all the other things that I did and not even thinking about the plug wires.
Thanks for all your advice though.

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12-25-2002 16:24:24

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 Re: Re: 1953 CA in reply to steve, 12-23-2002 18:59:01  
In addition to what has already been said, be sure you have the proper voltage on the primary side of the coil (wire from battery or ign switch). Remove spark plugs and crank engine. If no spark, keep working your way through the coil and distributor until you find the gremlin.

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