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December 20, 2010 - It's been a busy few days.
On Friday night, Janel and I took the MG out to run an errand or two - which turned into a big grocery shopping trip as well as other events. Of course, I had just adjusted the rear hatch and it refused to open again. So we had to load all the groceries in through the back seat. A tip for those who are planning to use an MGB GT for a station wagon - anything you put in the back is on clear display! Unless you stash it in the smuggler's hole underneath where the spare tire lives. Anyhow, a bit of lubrication when we got home and the problem was solved.
We also got a little hiccup when the engine died a block from home. It fired right up again, but that was a bit odd. My suspicion was low fuel.
The next morning, I jumped in the car to go to the opening of a new car museum close by the house. While sitting at a stop sign, the engine died again and would not restart. Banging on the bottom of the tank gave a very empty BONG, so my chase car (a Miata with a 480 hp LS3, of course) took off to get some fuel. My theory was that the fuel gauge (the original, on the original sender and wiring) wasn't quite calibrated right - or, as a safety margin, it never went completely to E because then it would appear to be not working!
The fuel arrived. That didn't work. Bill Cardell (the driver of the Miata) and I figured out the fuel pump wasn't running. And then it was - there must be a slightly dodgy connection in the system somewhere. I got to the museum and back without incident, but it really highlighted that I'm not just debugging my own work over the last two years, but also a 38-year-old British car that never really functioned fully when I first got it.
I'd like to point out that it's not a Lucas fuel pump, but a good Pierburg unit. Just before the Lucas jokes start...
The photo? I just like the way the car looks!
tags: debugging