Great the problem is fixed. Bosch and Varta batteries as well as Yuasa are good makes.Finally fixed, turns out the carb was full of dirt, had it cleaned out!
Sadly now fitting what I hope is just a weak battery, grateful for any battery recommendations.
The truck is now back with me in Wimbledon. Had a good drive back up the A3, having only 3 gears wasn't as bad as I expected. Cruised along at 80km/hr hitting 100km/hr a couple of times no problem. Had the biggest grin.Great the problem is fixed. Bosch and Varta batteries as well as Yuasa are good makes.
Could you expand on the weak battery bit? There's ways to tell if a battery is bad, take it to SES on Durban Road and they’ll test it for you and sell you a new one onlybif it needs it. Or give it a good charge on a Ctek charger.
I do hope you’re going to be able to bring this cruiser to see me when it’s done. or even before when I can cast my eye over the electrics for you if you wish.
Maybe time for some new plug leads and distributor cap/rotor arm. Used to be a cheap change when leads and caps were common items. Looking in the dark for signs of arcing is one trick, spraying a fine mist of water over the leads and dizzy cap another. Look for any change in engine running when doing this. First stop for me would be to take off the dizzy cap and thoroughly clean inside and outside looking for any black lines. A light squirt of WD40 inside and out does no harm. If leads are old then they’ll benefit from change. If plugs are old, same there. Worth checking the gap and adjusting if necessary. Plugs wear over time, the spark eroded the contact surfaces and as the gap increases, the Voltage needed to jump the gap increases accordingly, resulting in higher and higher electrical stress on the insulation which eventually breaks down, especially if worn or cut.
New plugs ordered.You coukd always get a new set of plugs, NGK of course, and try them to see if the running improves. If no better then swap them back and put them in stock for the next service.
Success, I think. New plugs in makes a big difference... running on 6 cylinders! And starts with one turn of the key.This is looking more and more like an electrical problem. What happens with the indicators? It’s possible the coil is breaking down. It’s also possible there’s a loose connection somewhere, or the points aren’t set right. Many possibilities but without being in front of it, difficult to know for sure.
Did you do the tests I suggested last time?
Do the plug leads look old? It’s not 100% certain a dizzy cap is good just checking visually but. I wouldn’t worry about the positioning as long as the cap is on properly.
Plugs first then let’s see.