Manual Choke Do you know what it is & can you drive with it

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    I remember having to drive cars with a manual choke it was a pain in the %-+%; it was on the left of the steering wheel and I needed to use my right hand cause of my disability.

    As cars don’t have manual chokes I suppose some might not know what I’m talking about …..

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  • #139556 Reply

    I remember manual chokes. All the way out when starting very cold, then gradually push the knob in as the engine warmed up.

    In fact one of our somewhat elderly Ferguson petrol tractors, which we rally and display at country shows, has a manual choke. Also, complete with a crash (non-synchro) gearbox – meaning ‘double-de-clutching’ if you can remember that as well. Fortunately, I can’t drive it with a prosthetic left leg! Hence, I usually take the slightly more modern automatic diesel Foden on rallies etc.

    #139559 Reply

    Petrol lawnmowers still have them.

    #139561 Reply

    Yeah I remember manual chokes and also learning to drive in the 1970’s in a double-de-clutch landrover in the army.  Like you say BigDave having a prosthetic leg hampers you somewhat.

    #139563 Reply

    Yep my 1500 GT Cortina had one.

    #139568 Reply

    Only too well. All of my early cars, Morrie Minors, Mini, Triumph Herald, A35 and more which I must have forgotten, had them. First one without was a Mk2 auto Escort. With that, choke was automatic but you had to push the go-pedal flat to floor before starting and wait for click to engage it.

    #139579 Reply

    The aircraft I fly still has one, and magnetos…  One big advantage of modern cars and fuel injection, no longer needing to balance duel carbs

    #139581 Reply

    Oh the joy of a flooded engine.

    #139582 Reply

    I remember when Ford starting putting auto chokes in the Cortina and Escort that worked by the temperature of the cooling water so cold, choke opened, hot closed.

    Trouble was if the car stalled on a cold Winters morning before fully warming up they would be a pain to restart without flooding the carb easily fixed by buying a manual adaptor that came with the dash lever, cable and a piece that fixed onto the automatic adjuster on the coolant thermostat housing.



    #139583 Reply

    I remember them well. Likewise the early auto-chokes that Tharg mentioned. With the manual ones though the by the time us 2nd hand buyers got ’em the dealer supplied peg had always been lost and you had to make do with a clothes peg 😉

    #139596 Reply

    Awww memories of my first car at 17 – a bright orange Yugo Zastava – was a skill

    #139598 Reply

    “Joy of a flooded engine”. Morris Minor was terrible for this. Needle valve in carb got stuck leaving pipe open and electric fuel pump going like a metronome on acid; float chamber overfills and squirts out neat petrol from overflow. Grab medium-sized spanner from safe place; leap out, pop bonnet and belt the SU carb soundly until clicking stops and petrol ceases squirting over engine. Allow to evaporate fully before starting again.

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    You can drive sometimes an old petrol car on diesel if you pull the choke out and keep it out. It also lays down a smoke trail that can be seen from the moon. At least you could in the early 70s.

    #139636 Reply

    Many years ago we had an old Mk1 Cortina called Claud.  The choke was a perfect ant-theft device as we found out when someone tried to nick it.  Using it would immediately flood the engine, making it impossible to start.  They pushed the car 50 yards trying to get it going, then gave up.

    #139928 Reply

    Had one on my ‘WetDream’ 400n horrible things to use .

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