<VV> Strange battery / starter problem

keith osborne vanman453ta at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 28 23:12:06 EDT 2009

Perhaps the timing that is too advanced?  

I have a mid-engine dunebuggy with a somewhat modified 140 that likes to do the same thing.  In my case though, the distributor is right behind my chair, so I just turn around, retard the timing a bit, and it fires right up!  

Nice and low-tech, just like my '31 Model A Ford with it's timing adjustment lever mounted in the cab, for the same purpose of facilitating starting.


--- On Wed, 10/28/09, Kinzelman, Andy <akinzelm at greatnortherncorp.com> wrote:

From: Kinzelman, Andy <akinzelm at greatnortherncorp.com>
Subject: <VV> Strange battery / starter problem
To: "virtualvairs at corvair.org" <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2009, 6:46 PM

I have a car I have been moving nightly for the past month, or so.  It does have starting problems when it's damp out - and is hard to get running cleanly on all cylinders.
Tonight I was trying to start it, and it was cranking normally.  Suddenly it would barely crank - but I have never seen  a battery drop off voltage that quickly.  After about a half hour I tried again - this time it cranked normally and started.  As I drove it around the corner it sputtered & died.  Again, after a minute or so it very suddenly would barely crank over.
Any guesses as to the problem - starter maybe?
Andy K.
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