Issue with an antique...Restorob?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by SodKing, Sep 28, 2006.

  1. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hello,

    I have, among my fleet of antiques, a Eclipse Rollaway. It has a 3.5 (I believe) hp Briggs and Stratton. It has been sitting around and I wanted to get it going. I cleaned out the gas tank, rebuilt the carburator with a rebuild kit, replaced the gaskets, replaced the armature and points etc...

    It runs fine when sitting on the driveway facing one direction, turn it around and it dies. Strange. I have tried adjusting the needle valves but can't seem to get the issue to stop.

    Any suggestions?
     
  2. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Does the drive slope down? Maybe the float is sticking? Maybe a ground wire is touching metal when you turn it the other way? Im sure rob will be able to help better.
     
  3. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    The drive is slightly sloped 1/4 bubble....
     
  4. Jim@MilkyWay

    Jim@MilkyWay LawnSite Senior Member
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    Use some hay bale string and attach a large magnet to front, or rear, depending on whether you are facing north or south, of the mower.
    It is obviously possessed of homing instinct and will _NOT_ go in the "wrong" direction until it gets it's magnetic flux lines spaced properly.
    What do you think?
     
  5. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I was thinking it could be a sticky float or needle.
     
  6. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Can you find a model and type number stamped in the recoil housing ?
    Some of the older engines had it stamped on the side instead of top in front of the plug.

    Sounds like the fuel level is too high (float out of adjustment).
    With the carb. held up side down it should be slightly higher than level, Check that out if still no go see about posting the numbers.

    Good Luck
     
  7. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'll try that tomorrow Rob, Thanks. Getting dark here now...
     
  8. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Worked like a charm Rob...Thank you.
     
  9. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
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    Nadda problem..... :cool:
     
  10. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Hey I said float to, so I got it right also.....:weightlifter: :hammerhead:

    U DA MAN ROB
     

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