On Mon, 23 Aug 2010 21:54:15 +0000, Hachiroku ハチロク wrote:
I've owned a few 70's British cars over the years and to be honest never
had much problem with Lucas - no worse than electrics in other cars.
Moisture seems to be the main killer, not quality issues with the parts
I agree. I've owned a few Limey cars and lotsa Brit bikes. I know
the older bikes blew bulbs cuz of the bizarre fluctuations of their
weird zenier diode based electrical system, but no more than the
sealed head lamps of my body-numbing vibrator HD Sportster. I never
had a prob with Lucas lights/electrics on any of the cars I had.
I think that whole myth is jes something perpetuated by dolts with no
experience with Lucas and who just like saying the phrase.
"Du-uh... Lucas, prince of darkness. heh heh...." [drool]
Lucas made some good parts and they also made some junk. MG decided to
use the junk.
Whoever the hell it was that decided running 25A into the dashboard
switch to avoid using a headlight relay... that was an MG employee, not a
Yes, a complete electrical redesign is in order on these cars, but I don't
think Lucas is really to blame for the horrors that MG perpetrated.
"C'est un Nagra. C'est suisse, et tres, tres precis."
That explains a lot. I only had Austin Healeys and Triumphs. Never
had any problems with Lucas on either of them. Don't recall ever
changing a light bulb, front or back. Some of the tail light lens
designs sucked donkey dick. Those stupid out-there tail light lenses
on the Spitefire were always getting whacked by cars, bicycles, baby
strollers, stray cats, gentle summer breezes.... ;)
As an update, I stopped by a small engine shop and the mechanic, an old
school buddy whom I trust, said they make a special tool to adjust the Low
and High carbeurator 'pins'.
He didn't have it for the Craftsman (he worked only on Husqvarna) but he
said they exist for each brand.
Does anyone know where to get the California adjustment tool for the
Poulan? I called Poulan customer support 866-802-6383 but all they said was
that it's illegal for an owner to adjust his carbeurator in California.
So, do you know where I can get those adjustment tools for the Poulan carb
I called another number, 1.800.554.6723 and Poulan customer support said
it's illegal for them to sell a California carbeurator adjustment tool (P/N
530035560) to the public, but, (here's the catch), I can go to any
authorized dealer and they CAN sell the California carbeurator adjustment
tool to me.
Laws are weird.
Poulan customer service gave me a list of dealers but once I realized I can
get the Poulan carburetor adjustment tool, I simply googled for "Poulan
530035560 Splined Carburetor Adjustment Tool" and will buy it off the web
if I can't get it locally at the Poulan authorized dealers.
On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 12:42:18 -0700 (PDT), Hank wrote:
I have to agree. The tool is inexpensive (shipping costs more than the
tool). It hasn't arrived yet so I can't tell you more.
On the pins, the "splines", if they're there at all, must be so tiny I
can't see them. You can't actually touch the screw because it's recessed
and they put a plastic housing around it expressly so you could not get
pliars around it. They really look like pins more than screws.
The only thing you can get on them is some socket-like thing (which I'm
hoping the spline tool is).
Does anyone have a PICTURE of the splines close up so we can see what we're
I think you'll have to pry off the plastic stops that are on them
On most of the small 2 cycle engines that I work on, I replace the
fuel lines and make sure the filter is attached. This fixes the
majority that have a air/fuel mixture problem. Those little hoses
don't last too long and create a host of problems that mimic a dirty
On Thu, 26 Aug 2010 14:35:35 -0700 (PDT), Hank wrote:
They do not appear to have any plastic stops.
They are rounded 'pins', ostensibly with splines, surrounded by a larger
plastic 'protector' (like the kind vending machines have) to prevent you
from accessing them from the sides.
I've seen the pictures of the large plastic caps on other chain saws but
these are simply metal pins, recessed about an inch in, so that the ONLY
access is a thin tool that surrounds the (presumably splined) shaft.
The splines, if they are there, are soooo tiny, my poor eyes can't see
them. That's why I didn't realize they were adjustable at first.
Still waiting for the tool to arrive.
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