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subzali
02-28-2013, 02:13 PM
So I had an opportunity after work yesterday to bust snow into my in-laws place. They live up near Conifer so they've gotten about 20" of fresh in the last couple of storms.

If you listen to me talking, yes I know I'm a wussy :Princess::rolleyes::lmao:
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Jacket
02-28-2013, 02:20 PM
Wuss.

subzali
02-28-2013, 02:28 PM
Yeah yeah. :rolleyes:

So I did have a problem on the way back. I shut my engine off at the gate and then it wouldn't start. I think my distributor or coil got wet from snow, and I had to wait for something to dry out. But I have the '79 dizzy with the vented cap, so I'm not sure how snow fluff would have gotten into something enough to cause a problem.

And then it happened one more time before I hightailed it back down the hill to get home. :rolleyes:

Anybody have any ideas where I should check first?

RicardoJM
02-28-2013, 03:08 PM
... So I did have a problem on the way back. I shut my engine off at the gate and then it wouldn't start. I think my distributor or coil got wet from snow, and I had to wait for something to dry out. But I have the '79 dizzy with the vented cap, so I'm not sure how snow fluff would have gotten into something enough to cause a problem.

And then it happened one more time before I hightailed it back down the hill to get home. :rolleyes:

Anybody have any ideas where I should check first?

Truck sounds like it is a lemon. I'll give you $5 for it right now. :D

FJBRADY
02-28-2013, 03:56 PM
Nice, next time give it a running start and floor it.

corsair23
02-28-2013, 03:59 PM
Camera down!! Camera down!!! :hill:

FJCDan
02-28-2013, 04:53 PM
Hey at least someone is enjoying all that snow. Good job Matt.

kurtnkegger
02-28-2013, 09:05 PM
Matt, is your coil old? I had similar symptoms when my coil was going bad. Seems like it would overheat, and wouldn't fire again until it cooled off. Seeing your ignition is all electronic, I would look there...

Old40Dog
02-28-2013, 11:54 PM
:cool: 40 :cool:

Air Randy
03-01-2013, 08:43 AM
Could be plug wires or the coil wire. Even if the dizzy stays dry inside, if the plug wires get wet they will short to ground and the plug for that wire wont fire. If it goes from not running to running in a relatively short time (less than 30 mintes) look for these types of issues. The plug wires dry out faster due to the engine heat and exposure to open air. If you get water inside the dizzy, it usually takes longer to dry out.

DaveInDenver
03-01-2013, 09:35 AM
Or maybe plug wire routing? There is a corona that forms around them when the cylinder is fired, which can short to adjacent wires or to the block. Are they held fast and have you routed them so they don't twist together?

Could be a problem that is worse in the winter than summer. Remember electrochemistry, fresh water does not conduct well but salt water does. What makes up road spray in the winter? Magnesium chloride is a salt and makes an electrolyte when dissolved in water. Might even be fine in the rain or water crossings but the increased ionic activity puts whatever problem, cracked cap, failing wire, etc. over the edge.

subzali
03-04-2013, 07:09 AM
Truck sounds like it is a lemon. I'll give you $5 for it right now. :D

For this rusty ol' rattle trap? You're too generous :p:

Nice, next time give it a running start and floor it.

:rolleyes:

This is what ends up needing to happen when I try that...
http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/forum2/attachment.php?attachmentid=11890&stc=1&d=1233602280

Could be plug wires or the coil wire. Even if the dizzy stays dry inside, if the plug wires get wet they will short to ground and the plug for that wire wont fire. If it goes from not running to running in a relatively short time (less than 30 mintes) look for these types of issues. The plug wires dry out faster due to the engine heat and exposure to open air. If you get water inside the dizzy, it usually takes longer to dry out.

That sounds feasible, and exactly what I was thinking too at the time. I guess I need to use some dielectric grease at the plug connections?

Or maybe plug wire routing? There is a corona that forms around them when the cylinder is fired, which can short to adjacent wires or to the block. Are they held fast and have you routed them so they don't twist together?

Could be a problem that is worse in the winter than summer. Remember electrochemistry, fresh water does not conduct well but salt water does. What makes up road spray in the winter? Magnesium chloride is a salt and makes an electrolyte when dissolved in water. Might even be fine in the rain or water crossings but the increased ionic activity puts whatever problem, cracked cap, failing wire, etc. over the edge.

I doubt this is the problem - I'm using factory wires with wire clips etc. I'll look at it a little closer though and make sure I'm good

Thanks for the suggestions all :thumb: - well, except for Brady :rolleyes: :D

FJBRADY
03-04-2013, 07:42 AM
Thanks for the suggestions all :thumb: - well, except for Brady :rolleyes: :D

Your welcome :shots:

Uncle Ben
03-04-2013, 07:55 AM
So I had an opportunity after work yesterday to bust snow into my in-laws place. They live up near Conifer so they've gotten about 20" of fresh in the last couple of storms.

If you listen to me talking, yes I know I'm a wussy :Princess::rolleyes::lmao:


Man do you need some tires! Even Toyo's would be better than what you have! We could pass the hat at the next meeting. ;):p:

subzali
03-04-2013, 08:03 AM
Man do you need some tires! Even Toyo's would be better than what you have! We could pass the hat at the next meeting. ;):p:

Egg-zachary! I was taking a walk the other day and passed by a Bronco with what looked like brand new MT/Rs, and holy cow the tread is deep on those suckers! Mine are definitely way worn down!

But I'm thinking 33x12.50 for my next set - which means I need a lift! :bawl: $$ http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-toilet06.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Not to mention I can't decide if I should go to 4" or just go springover and 36s and be done! :wrench:

Uncle Ben
03-04-2013, 08:06 AM
Egg-zachary! I was taking a walk the other day and passed by a Bronco with what looked like brand new MT/Rs, and holy cow the tread is deep on those suckers! Mine are definitely way worn down!

But I'm thinking 33x12.50 for my next set - which means I need a lift! :bawl: $$ http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-toilet06.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys.php)

Not to mention I can't decide if I should go to 4" or just go springover and 36s and be done! :wrench:

36's would require bunch mo mula for gears, lockers, V8, fridge, etc.... :rolleyes::bowdown::bowdown:http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-toilet06.gif

FJBRADY
03-04-2013, 08:11 AM
36's would require bunch mo mula for gears, lockers, V8, fridge, etc.... :rolleyes::bowdown::bowdown:http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-toilet06.gif

Dats wat I got and have peek fun in the snow. Just floor it I say and leave the chains at home.:thumb:

minus the fridge.:o

subzali
03-04-2013, 08:27 AM
36's would require bunch mo mula for gears, lockers, V8, fridge, etc.... :rolleyes::bowdown::bowdown:http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-toilet06.gif

Yep, yep, I know it :bawl: $$http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-toilet06.gif

And my 2F was feeling none too powerful this go-round, that's why I couldn't take Brady's advice :(

So that's why I keep driving it as-is, trying to get by with what I have.

Uncle Ben
03-04-2013, 08:31 AM
Yep, yep, I know it :bawl: $$http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/smiley-toilet06.gif

And my 2F was feeling none too powerful this go-round, that's why I couldn't take Brady's advice :(

So that's why I keep driving it as-is, trying to get by with what I have.

Sell the wifemobile and throw money at it. :D

subzali
03-04-2013, 08:48 AM
Sell the wifemobile and throw money at it. :D

I got nuthin'

MountainGoat
03-04-2013, 09:43 AM
Hey Matt, if you want some company next time you do this give me a call. At the least I can hold your phone to document your adventures digitally! :hill:

I'm sure I could slip out for an hour or two on short notice. It's a lot more fun when you have another truck to strap you out.

subzali
03-04-2013, 10:18 AM
Hey Matt, if you want some company next time you do this give me a call. At the least I can hold your phone to document your adventures digitally! :hill:

I'm sure I could slip out for an hour or two on short notice. It's a lot more fun when you have another truck to strap you out.

My FIL said not to do it any more :(

corsair23
03-04-2013, 11:34 AM
FILs ruin all the fun!

subzali
03-05-2013, 10:48 AM
Man do you need some tires! Even Toyo's would be better than what you have! We could pass the hat at the next meeting. ;):p:

I'm thinking Trxus M/T, thanks :guapo: :grinpimp:

wesintl
03-06-2013, 07:30 PM
sell it and buy an 80.. i mean 100 :guapo: