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Farmall C problems (kinda long)

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Karl Hamson

05-19-2007 12:24:45

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My 48 C has been sitting since I drove it into the shed about two years ago. Put new rear tires on it last fall but never started it. I knew there was crud in the gas tank so I removed that, cleaned it and put an extension to the feed port of the sediment bowl. Problem #1
Refit the tank, added some gas and the carb was flooding like crazy. Pulled the carb, cleaned it, checked the needle and seat which seems good. Floats seem fine. Put everything back together and it still floods but perhaps not as bad.
Problem #2
The engine will not fire at all. It was always great at starting. I cranked it by hand and can hear the impulse on the mag snapping. I pulled the coil wire off the distributor and cranked the motor over. No spark. Removed the kill wire just to be sure that was not the problem. Pulled the cap and rotor which looks OK. Then I got really stupid and took off the little cover behind the rotor. As soon as I saw the gears it was Uh Oh. Now in addition to having no spark I have lost the timing for the rotor. Any ideas how to reset this? I can not see any pointer for the front pulley if that is where the marks are.
Thanks for any help you can give me.

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05-19-2007 16:15:01

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 Re: Farmall C problems (kinda long) in reply to Karl Hamson, 05-19-2007 12:24:45  
With a open coffee sized can at hand try this;
With the float bowl cover off, gently hold the float upward with finger tip pressure. (it should be about level) then turn on the fuel at the tank. If fuel comes out turn it off and claen the needle and seat. it probably has a bit of trash in it. If it does not, hold the can up there and let the float down to see fuel comming out. then lift the float to shut off the supply. Then turn off the fuel at the tank. and reassemble the carb bowl. (always turn off the fuel at the tank, when shutting it off for more than 2 minutes! (I am serious about this, it is gravity feed and can fill the engine/start a fire, or both). JimN

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El Toro

05-19-2007 14:27:05

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 Re: Farmall C problems (kinda long) in reply to Karl Hamson, 05-19-2007 12:24:45  
If you didn't disturb the gears your rotor should still be in time. Your need to clean those points with a piece of 320 wet or dry until they're nice and shiny. Then take a cotton swab dipped in alcohol and clean them again several times. Then pull the coil wire from the cap and hold that wire near a good ground while someone cranks the engine. Hal

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Karl Hamson

05-19-2007 14:46:28

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 Re: Farmall C problems (kinda long) in reply to El Toro, 05-19-2007 14:27:05  
Where are the points???How do I get at them? I am sure the rotor timing will be off because the gear came off with the cover.

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Karl Hamson

05-19-2007 20:42:43

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 Re: Farmall C problems (kinda long) in reply to Karl Hamson, 05-19-2007 14:46:28  
Now I feel really stupid. I looked at the service manual for my Super A and of course all the needed info about the mag is there. As my A is coil ignition I never thought to look there. I made the mistake of pulling off the gear cover under the rotor instead of taking the whole points cover plate off in one piece. Thanks for the help.

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05-19-2007 18:21:01

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 Re: Farmall C problems (kinda long) in reply to Karl Hamson, 05-19-2007 14:46:28  
If you clean off the old grease from the gears,you will find that they are marked. Mesh the marks together when assembling. the large fiber gear has a L & R on it. Use the R mark. The L is for a diesel. Remove the three screws& take off that part & the points are behind it.

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Karl Hamson

05-19-2007 20:45:24

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 Re: Farmall C problems (kinda long) in reply to teddy52food, 05-19-2007 18:21:01  
Thanks Teddy Your information is a big help. I will clean up the gears and look for the marks tomorrow.

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