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    • #57836

      My fully stock 260 has most always been an embarassment on hot re-start, especially so if I have been driving in the city: crankcrankcrankcrank-to-bend-the-key with the pedal halfway until a faint spark manages to s-l-o-w-l-y ignite an increasingly flooded mixture into a cloud of blue smoke that clears up once the engine is coaxed back to idle. Starts great from cold and runs very well otherwise. The float level is to spec, the choke plate opens fine, my battery is new and temp never goes above 180 except immediately after a hot re-start and that, too, settles back to normal right away. I used to open the hood to "give the patient air" before re-start…Any other tricks to deal with that?

      Cheers, Gilles

    • #64494

      How’s the fuel pressure from the pump? Are you running an electric or stock fuel pump?

    • #64495

      For about $100 you can install a Pertronix ignitor and corresponding coil to LIGHT your fire, and it looks stock exept for an extra wire out of the distributor. You never have to change points again!

    • #64496

      I have the same issue only with a hotter than stock 302. I has been that way since the engine was installed many years ago. Typically, it happens at car shows right after I register and try to move it to the appropriate parking area. Gives the other car owners a chuckle at my expense. I have tried a bunch of stuff including changing to an Edelbrock carb, electronic ignition and wide variations on timing. Nothing has made it better. My next step is to try a colder heat range spark plug. Shouldn’t be much of a problem on those occasional cold mornings here in Florida but I wouldn’t want to try it in the cold hard North. I will be watching the advice on this topic with interest.

    • #64497

      Im no expert , but maybe one of thoes small gear reduction starters might not get as hot.

    • #64498

      You might check your timing! The starter my be the issue as well i had the same problem with my Tiger and starter needed a rebulid. My Alpine had this problem and it was the timing. 8)

    • #64499

      Like many others replying, I have also experienced this problem over the years. I attributed it to heat soak. If the motor turn over more slowly when you have the non-starting problem, it almost certainly is heat soak of the starter. The slower turnover may also accentuate a timing problem as already suggested. Especially likely if one has headers, although in your case you do say your motor is stock.

      I reduced the problem by wrapping the starter with a heat shield. If you are a McGiver kind of guy you could probably make one out of sheet aluminum and some of those blankets that they sell for protecting surrounding areas when using a propane torch. I could maybe help you with some drawings if you cannot find one ready made. I got mine from JC Whitney in the 70’s!

      You could also be getting some boiling of the fuel out of the bowls and/or vapor lock in the fuel line. A phenolic insulator under the carb and/or a heat shield that extends under the bowls could help. I have heard elsewhere that Jegs sells a 1/4 inch thick phenolic space that works with Holley carbs. Thicker is better, but hood clearance with the air cleaner top becomes a problem. The way the fuel line runs along the side of the block by the exhausts and up the front of the motor also exposes it to a lot of heat. Maybe an insulating sleeve over it in that area would help. When I get my new motor in I am going to run lines up the back of the motor along the firewall using "xtreme nitros" insulated fuel hoses. Will need some flexibility/slack to allow for engine rock in the motor mounts.

      I also will be going to one of those smaller gear reduction starters as others have suggested. It will keep the starter away further away from my new headers that are also jet hot coated to reduce engine compartment heat.


      PS: It just occurred to me when you say your motor is stock, does that mean a 2 barrel carb with the hotwater heated spacer under it? If so, that spacer might be contributing to a heat soak problem with the carb. Just a thought.

    • #64504

      My problem was a carb float that soaked fuel into it.


    • #64508

      Sure sounds like fuel is boiling into the engine. But surprising it would happen with a stock engine. There is a heat spacer for most all brands of carbs. Edelbrock for example is about .33" thick. Hood clearance problems depend on the thickness of the air filter you are using.
      I would call Summit and tell them what you have for a carb and see what they recommend. It isn’t an expensive part….maybe 10 bucks and I think it will solve your problem…..been there, done that

    • #64509

      I just fitted a new float this afternoon. The car now starts immediately, hot or cold. I had assumed that the problem was elsewhere since I had already replaced the float 10 years ago when I first got the car. It is not only the Tiger that is getting old but the repairs as well!


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