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MGB Stromberg on my 80 MGB - fast idle this morning

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I took off from work this morning and the thing wouldn't kick down from 2000 - 3000 rpm.
It was that way all the way in.
I want to change it to SU's but don't have any yet so I need to make this carb work right.
Unfortunately I've never had one of these before so I don't know what to look at.
I don't want to become adept with this thing but I'd like to at least be able to use it for another couple weeks until I can replace it.
Where do I look first?
 
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Some guys suggested I check the adjustment locking nut on the accelerator cable to make sure it has not come loose, I can do that today before going home.
 

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I'd start with the spring on the fast idle lever - make sure it's hooked up to pull back properly. Any binding anywhere? Adjusting screw all the way out?

I'm sure it's something simple. Let us know what you find.
 
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Choke falling off the car.
A reminder to check nuts and bolts and screws when you buy a used MG.
I found two screws laying in the channel under the carb, glad they were still there.
 

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I found two screws laying in the channel under the carb, glad they were still there.

I had a header bolt back out on Cylinder #5 on my V8....gone...as I was replacing it with a new bolt, I happened to look down...the old bolt was lying in the chassis rail. I noticed the bolt missing in Michigan...I was back home in Illinois when I replaced it. Stowaway!

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Well the choke doesn't work now but - the car starts fine and drives much better without it.
Also I contacted the local MG car club and it turns out the person I contacted has everything I would need to convert to the early exhaust and intake with dual SU carbs.
It's just a matter of working out a deal with him, I know this person and from what I know of him I''d expect the stuff to be in great condition.
 

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Rick,
Thats great news, I think you'll be much happier with the early set up!
Rut
 
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