Oh man, so confused. Please help?

Okay, I've got a '79 Magnum MKII, and I've finally gotten everything in running order... I think.

Today I cleaned my points, changed my plug, and got new filters for my fuel line. I disconnected the oil injector so I won't have to worry about that messing with me, but I don't know if it's still got oil in the lines. Here's my problem:

I kicked it over, and it started for like, 30 seconds. I walked it back up to where I had been originally, (I was running w/ it to get it started) it died. I tried again, and it started for about two seconds. I kept trying, and it didn't work, so I went and cleaned up around the yard, waiting to try it again. Then, about 15 minutes later, I tried again, and the same thing happened. While it was running, a very white smoke was coming out of the exhaust, except the latest time, when it was pretty blue. I'm not sure what this means, but I'm hoping somebody can help me out?

Thanks a ton guys!!

-Mike

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Re: Oh man, so confused. Please help?

Jason Luther /

it sounds like a fouled spark plug. did it run fine before you reset the timing and stuff? might be too much oil, since you were concerend about extra oil in the line. get a new plug and try it out, without letting it idle for a long time.

Re: Oh man, so confused. Please help?

The last time it ran was 2 years ago, and I didn't change the timing, I just cleaned the points. Also, I put a brand new plug in today. Could it be that I went with the hotter plug (NGK B5HS) over the old one? (NGK B6HS)

-Mike

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Re: Oh man, so confused. Please help?

Possible clogged fuel lines/fuel system that is not allowing fuel to refill the float bowl fast enough.

Try restarting again. If you need to wait 10 mins to restart the engine then check your fuel system. At the start your float bowl is full. Your engine will run until your float bowl is empty. Fuel is dripping into the float bowl too slowly so your engine dies of lack of gas. You need to wait 10 mins of drip, drip until your float bowl is full before you can restart.

Disconnect your fuel line from your carb and ensure there is a good stream of free flowing gas coming out. Just don't make a mess.

Re: Oh man, so confused. Please help?

For some reason, this last time I tried it, it fired right up, it idled down to just before it usually dies, and then I gave it some gas with the throttle. Not a ton, but just enough to keep it alive. Then, I revved the engine a bunch (causing a TON of white smoke) and kept on revving it until I felt like it might be alright to let it idle. I let it idle for a little bit (25 secs or so) then went full-throttle for like, 10 seconds, just to let her know I wasn't going to let her die again. Then, I let her down easy, and she idled perfectly. I let her warm up (about two or three minutes just idling) while I ran and got my helmet, and took her out in my pj pants, helmet, and slippers. MAN it was awesome.

-Mike

Re: Oh man, so confused. Please help?

Awesome. These old girls can be a little cranky at times. You need to get to know them better, like what they need and how they like it. If you do it right they'll purr like a kitten. Try to figure out what your girl needs and then treat her right.

Re: Oh man, so confused. Please help?

Oh, for sure. She's been a little picky since I first got her, 5 years ago, for my 16th birthday. It'll be 5 years this November, anyway.

Through the years, we've had our good and bad, but it's always been pretty amazing, except the last two when she wasn't running. Now though, her and I are going to be out again, rocking the streets and having fun. MAN, I'm so happy.

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