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Super C cold start/compression?

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07-19-2001 08:33:36

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I have a super c that runs pretty good in hot weather but is tough to start in cold weather. It's not much of a problem in the south where we live now but we're moving to the midwest this winter and i'd like to get it running better in the cold. I checked the compression (new at this) and got readings of 125psi +- 5 on all cylinders. After putting a little oil in each cylinder and checking I got readings between 130 and 135. Do you think my cold weather problem a compression problem requiring overhaul, valve job, or something else?

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07-20-2001 14:23:24

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 Re: Super C cold start/compression? in reply to dean, 07-19-2001 08:33:36  
I don't know too much about letter series Farmalls, but mabey someone else knows if it is posible to add a tank heater or a block heater. They really help here in the 30-below Minnesota winters. Also, a little shot of either down the air intake can help too.

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07-19-2001 09:45:45

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 Re: Super C cold start/compression? in reply to dean, 07-19-2001 08:33:36  
Dean: If you say your not used to cold weather, learn the proper way to run the carb CHOKE. Too many I see full-choke too much.. A couple turns at full and then half seems to work..but each has its own preferance. You can check starting spark by removing all plugs and reattaching wires with plugcase against engine block; have someone hit starter and watch plugs for nice strong BLUE spark. That's a quick cheap test. You'll love cold weather.. ralph

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07-19-2001 09:45:10

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 Re: Super C cold start/compression? in reply to dean, 07-19-2001 08:33:36  
Your compression is OK. Those compression numbers indicate it will be a long time before you need to go into the engine. Your cold starting problems must be carburater problems. Do you know if the choke is working properly???

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07-19-2001 10:13:06

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 Re: Re: Super C cold start/compression? in reply to Haas, 07-19-2001 09:45:10  
A lot of you guys are pointing me to the carb. The choke seems to work. When temps get below freezing I have to choke it to get it to fire up and then I push it back to about halfway for a little while till it warms up. Lots of times though especially when it's cold, i'm lucking if I can get it firing on all 4 cylinders long enough to get warmed up. On really cold days, I can't get it going. I've also put in new ignition parts and set the timing. This might help... the plugs get a fine carbon coating on them. Not sure what that means.

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07-19-2001 11:06:24

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 Re: Re: Re: Super C cold start/compression? in reply to dean, 07-19-2001 10:13:06  
Dean About your last comment on getting a "coating of carbon" on the plugs. Most likely too rich from choking too much. It takes a sharp ear and eye to tell just how much choke some need. Watch the exhaust on initial start for any black puffs. Thats too much chokeing. Yours may NOT really need full choke untill much colder. People with sharp hearing can tell by exhaust but thats hard to relate by text. Watch exaust. No black smokeing needed. Should be clean exhaust within a few seconds with that kind of compression.(assumed no oil burner) R.

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07-19-2001 09:07:43

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 Re: Super C cold start/compression? in reply to dean, 07-19-2001 08:33:36  
Sounds like your compression is pretty good. I'd make sure the carb is tuned to top performance. This is where cold start problems ususlly start.

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07-19-2001 08:58:08

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 Re: Super C cold start/compression? in reply to dean, 07-19-2001 08:33:36  
Dean: NO way. Your compression is very good. Electrical and\or fuel system is the possible problem. Time for a complete tune-up?? Then it should start well at least down to zero. heavy oil will then play a role in slowing it down for starting. Have a good battery and good HEAVY-CABLES?? ralph

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