A long time customer just brought in his 1964 Daimler Majestic Major due to poor performance, stalling, and fuel leaking from the carburettors. Believe it or not, this “old timer” is his daily driver for running errands around town. The car has always been very reliable, but became hard to start and keep running after our customer decided to visit family in Florida during Thanksgiving. The car sat idle for two weeks and upon his return the problems began…as well as a heavy fuel smell in the garage.
It was obvious the car was running very lean and starving for fuel. We removed the carbs for inspection/overhaul and found severe corossion and damage (see pic). The use of ethanol in todays gasoline is causing many problems with our classic car fuel systems. The ethanol causes moisture and corossion problems. The alloy carburettor bodies were pitted, the brass floats were full of fuel due to pinholes from corossion, and the rubber diaphrams brittle and rotted.
A good cleaning, an updated carburettor kit with new style seals compatible with todays fuel, and a bit of hard work and we had these carbs back on the car. Not only did they look like new, the car ran better than ever. However, the story can’t end here! All classic car owners should be using a fuel additive to protect their precious fuel system. These additives are available at your local auto supply store or you can call us and we can help 908-788-1982. You want an additive that will stabilize your fuel and combat the problems with Ethanol. Remember, two weeks idle is enough to cause a problem. We had several older Jaguar, Triumph, and MG’s towed in during the summer. They had been sitting for a few weeks and their carb floats had stuck, sunk or corodded.
This is something to think about seriously…