Yesterday after three weeks of sitting on the lift in what has to be the wettest three weeks here in Virginia. Trying to start the Trusty W had its issues. I messed up and kept cranking until I had flooded the poor thing. But it’s kinda a normal thing. She has always started after a long sit with a little coaxing. Not this time. There is a point after cranking that you have to just sigh and say, OK, there is something a miss here. Even though she had coughed and spitted a couple times. I suppose that since we have had such rainy weather all over, some of you may be about to experience some of the same issues.
First thing I did was call Dave Van Ness. Dave is a perfect calm in this sort of situation. I knew it was something simple and that spark somehow was not happening. But a calm buddy even on the phone 300 miles away can help you focus. Especially when that buddy is the top engine guy out there. First thing. Check for spark. Now its me, and a cell phone. Pull the center spark plug cord and move it to a grounded area and open and close the points. Spark? No! Bingo.
Now. Get out a dollar bill, 5 dollar bill it doesn’t matter, Fold it and put it between the points and pull it through several times. This is not a Dave Trick BTW, its an old mans trick and man it works. By this point my son Hank, was there to help. So he could mess with the key and we had spark, but a full smelly gassy bowl of fuel. She was flooded. My fault.
There is a small bolt on the bottom of the carb. 7/16 That nut was taken off and the bowl drained into a paper towel. All this soulds simple, but man oh man, stuff is tight, and I hate gas on stuff. But… 3 cranks and Vroom. The Trust Van Ness W was up and running. Thank to Mr VanNess of VanNess Engineering, and a little dollar bill. The weather today is spectacular so hopefully we weill get some great Woody Boating in! Woohooo!