To conclusions, that is. I was warned against it by several, as I started the
thread on “valve jobs” with Miss Marples’ Misfire. “Valves usually don’t burn
in storage.” Too obvious a statement when “logic” is running full throttle.
Having moved to an apartment with our house garage miles away, I slipped out
early Sunday AM to borrow the parking lot at work, 5 minutes away. Marple
started, but ran even more poorly than before. The closer I got to work, the
worse she ran, “classic fuel starvation” with under-load popping, lurching and
frequent near-stalling. But I made it, albeit in Low the entire trip.
Let her cool a bit, then began some semblance of a systematic check. Fuel in
the filter, hmmm. Check wiring—primary coil wire fell off at a touch. Now,
this might have an impact. Correct and restart and now running well, but still
on 5 cylinders. Check compression on suspect #3…135 lbs, not great, but not
to cause misfiring. Put in a new plug (this was my original theory, anywhooo).
NO MISFIRE! Runs beautifully!!! No immediate valve job either!!!
So why the coil wire? I had made it myself, so no one to blame. Made nice
little spring-coil pattern in it to absorb vibration, but then, like an idiot,
anchored it to a nearby hose with a cable tie. Movement of the coil realtive to
the distributor fractured the connector. Solution: softer, multi-stranded wire
with a quality connector.
Miss Marple now runs sweet and true, and conveyed us to our haunts yesterday in
grand style, glistening in the sun after a thorough polish. Life is very good.
Moral: listen, really listen, to the advice given on this list!
Richard E. Gress
University of Utah
3.8 S Type “Miss Marple”
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