Could it be the carb? Could be...

Could it be the carb? Could be but…

Failure of the engine to operate is rarely caused by carburetor defects. If it is determined that the carburetor is responsible (that is, the ignition system is working properly and fuel is reaching the carburetor), the carburetor may be clogged or the float level may be improper.

I knew it wasn’t likely the carb that was acting up!

The only adjustments the second and third echelons can make on the carburetor are adjustments of the idling speed, the idling mixture, the choke control mechanism, and the accelerator pump seasonal adjustment. Improper adjustment should not prevent engine operation, but proper adjustment is necessary for maximum operating efficiency.

Connections

Look for leaks at the fuel-line connections. If any leakage cannot be stopped by drawing up the union nut, there maybe a split tube or a poor seat in the union. A damaged flare should be cut off and a new flare made with a flaring tool. Packing with a string may serve as a temporary repair. If the fuel contains a dye, a fuel leak may be indicated by an accumulation of the dye. But it should be remembered that he porous metal used for some castings sometimes permits a small amount of seepage, and an accumulation of dye may be due to this rather than a fuel leak. Leakage may be caused by a split adapter, in which case temporary repair can be made by soldering (Editor’s Note: Use caution when attempting to solder anything used in the fuel system. The parts should be cleaned of all fuel residue before attempting to solder. If you do not already know how to solder, just procure new parts!)

Fuel Bowl

Fuel seeping out around the fuel-bowl cover indicates a loose cover, a damaged gasket or casting, or a defective float valve. Slight seepage is probably due to a loose cover. Extensive seepage is likely to be caused by a defective float valve. (Editor’s Note: The “defective float valve” could simply be the result of contaminated fuel – dirt/rust, etc.)

  1. Remove the fuel-bowl cover to examine the float. If the float contains fuel, causing it to lose buoyancy, determine where the fuel entered the float and drill a small hole (1/8 in.) at this point. Drain the fuel from the float, and patch the hole with a light drop of solder. (Editor’s Note: See comment above about soldering. Today it practical just to obtain a new float in a carb rebuild kit.)
  2. If the float needle valve and seat show indications of wear, replace them with new parts and new gaskets. From the specifications of the carburetor, adjust the carburetor, determine the correct float level, and set the float by bending the float support arm. Hold the float in the closed position and blow into the fuel-line adapter. No air should pass through the valve. (Editor’s Note: For MB/GPWs set the float with a gage or 3/8 in.)
  3. Examine the gasket. Replace it if there are any breaks or hardened sections. Be sure the new gasket does not obstruct any apertures in the housings. Draw down the cover screws evenly.

Plug Caps

Inspect all caps covering the check valves and jets. Tighten any of these that leak. Tighten the flange nuts or cap screws holding the carburetor to the manifold assembly.

Fuel Stainer

Remove fuel strainer from the carburetor or the cover from the strainer. Wash the strainer with cleaning fluid and a brush and dry it with compressed air. Examine strainer gasket, and replace if compressed or damaged.

Solex If Your Tired of Fooling Around With Old Carter Carbs

Now if you get fed up with your old Carter, you might consider purchasing a brand new Solex Carburetor. The Solex is a good carb to use but it doesn’t work the same as a Carter when it comes to cold starting and choke.  In fact, the Solex doesn’t have a choke…it has a starter.

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