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11-10-2006, 12:13 AM
Had a bit of car trouble today. I just got this car and it has a manual choke, which I've never had on a car before. Thus I have a couple of questions:

Leaving work this evening, after the car had sat for 8 hours, I tried to start the it (pulling out the choke. The car did not start. I pushed the choke in and tried to start it again...still nothing. Afraid that I flooded the carbs, I let it sit for an hour. Tried to start it again...again it wouldn't start.

First question: How do you know when to pull the choke out when starting the car?

In an effort to see if I was getting a spark, I pulled the spark plug wire off the number 1 plug and tried to start the car. This time it started up (though it was missing). While still running, I pushed the wire on the plug and got shocked.

Second question: Any idea why it would start like this?

11-10-2006, 12:33 AM
What kind of Triumph is it that you are talking about here and what type of carbs?

As for getting shocked... I'll bet you did!

11-10-2006, 12:36 AM
1970 TR6 with twin zenith carbs.

11-10-2006, 07:32 AM
when was the car last serviced? is the battery in good condition? did you smell petrol when car was turnt over first & second time?

11-10-2006, 08:19 AM
The first area I would look would be ignition. Has the car had a tune up lately? If this is a question you can't answer, give it one. New points, plugs, condenser, and plug wires.
If electronic ignition interests you, now would be a good time.
Does the car run smoothly at idle when warm? If not, it could again be a tune up or maybe a vaccuum leak.
Vaccuum leak culprits are often old leaky hoses or old elbow connections.
What year TR6 do you have?