All Choked Up

The bus has been running terribly when it first starts up – barely going at all, actually. For the most part, we haven’t been under 3500 meters in a month. It’s the cold, it’s the altitude. Well, today I decided to actually do something about it.  I would either try to fix that broken choke or just open them up all the way.

Well, first of all, I found out that BOTH the chokes were broken. Same part, but different places. It took a while, but I figured out a way to essentially make a new part with some baling wire and RTV. It now starts right up on the first try. While I was at it, I fixed that damn throttle lever that was coming off all the time. It was too the point where I was stopping every 30 minutes to re-attach it.

Problem is, my carbs are now literally held together with baling wire. Note to the Solex/Kadron people: make components that don’t fall apart when you use them.

11 thoughts on “All Choked Up

  • May 24, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    If you get chance, get you some webber’s. They are the only way to go. They are so good they don’t even have chokes. That is what I have on my 70, two two’s. You will have change to a better exhaust though. Then put in a 009 dist. and you’re set. You will also need an electric fuel pump to complete the change over.

  • May 24, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Was just thinking about some dual Kads to replace my Solex prog. Really I should hold out for some nice OG PDSIT 2/3s. Hmmm. Love your field repairs! 🙂

  • May 24, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    So is it bailing wire through the housing to a glob of RTV attaching said wire to the rubber diaphragm vaccuum pulloff thing? In any event, nice job. And there’s a lot to be said for bailing wire and RTV. Most temporary fixes, if they work, become permanent over time.

  • May 24, 2011 at 11:36 AM

    hey jason Kads are my least favorite carbs, dells are much better but harder to find and cost more. Kads have about a 3-5 year life span. dells have a roller bearing in the crosshafts. Also a vacumm advance dizzy is much better than a 009 dizzy . If going to a mech advance use an 050 or an 031 which work much better if youi can find one. hope you guys are well give ang and bode a hug for me later md

  • May 24, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Love it!! I’ve seen a few repairs like this in my lifetime ;D

  • May 24, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    Nice job, MacGyver! 🙂

    Take care & have fun!


  • May 24, 2011 at 1:33 PM

    i don’t do well in cold, high places either.

  • May 24, 2011 at 4:10 PM

    Once you’re in Brazil or Argentina there should be VW parts aplenty… Let’s hope you’ll find fitting carbs (as most engines in Brazil are slightly different)!

  • May 24, 2011 at 7:53 PM

    I love you Gary, but the advice about losing the chokes and putting in a 009 is not sound. Volkswagen didn’t put chokes on carbs for fun; if they weren’t needed they wouldn’t’ve put them on there and saved themselves millions of dollars a year.

    Likewise 009s–no VW left the factory with a 009 on it. Why? Because VW determined a mechanical-only advance distributor was inappropriate for their cars. The 009 was made to be put on industrial VW engines, like ones that sat there to run a pump or a saw all day at constant rpms.

    Given the choice between trusting John Muir (“No chokes! Get a 009!”) or a couple dozen German engineering PhDs, the smart move is to trust the Krauts.


  • May 25, 2011 at 8:40 PM

    This has been much debated many times in many places. I have had this set up twice now, and both times they have run MUCH better than PhD’s set up. So why is this??? I live where it gets really cold in the winter too. If you are ever up here in La Pine, Or. drop by and take it for a ride and see for yourself.

  • May 27, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    Gary – I’ve got a 009 (two, actually) and can’t complain. I actually don’t have any choice, since the KAdrons have no real vacuum connection. Also, my electronic ignition died, so am running points. Not a fan of points!

    Chris – you got it. Best I could do. It will be permanent until it breaks again!

    Mark, Gary, Mitch – I’m not sure I’ll have any freedom to choose my next carbs. It all depends on where it dies and what they have 😉

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