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Old 27 Mar 2014, 03:31 am
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Sounds like the battery - mine does this on rare occasions after a cold night and needs a jump start direct to the battery from another running vehicle. Give that a try.
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Old 27 Mar 2014, 01:08 pm
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Thanks for all your advice, certainly giving evrything the once over is going to help. As i stated earlier the previous owners have left the cruiser in a poor state, so yeah i have to clean up connections and make them tight. Having said that I have made a bit of progress ..

If i almost push the clutch pedal through the floor the engine cranks. Though it sounds like its searching for fuel even though i have half a tank. Yes i hear the pump on key turn.

The weather isn't kind today, rain lashing down. I have a booster charger on charge ready for a renewed attempt tomorrow.

I love the feel of my Cruiser, even though it doesn't work
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Old 20 Jun 2014, 08:25 am
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update.. hope this helps future cruisers who may, like me, over look the obvious or succumb to the fear that something drastic is wrong. ...

I called out for help on a more local forum, suggestions were that I should call out a well known auto sparky ....

The first thing i did was to charge up the booster battery and sit the cruisers battery on a trickle charge overnight.

When the sparky arrived, obviously he wanted to hear what happened on turn of the key. He then pulled the plugs and laffed.... " these look as if they haven't been changed since the car was born" .. I could almost park my van in the gap !!!

the plug gap was huge, therefore the spark was weak. explanation was that constantly trying to turn the engine on a weak spark, the fuel pump was simply flooding the engine.

20 later, armed with a new set of plugs the only thing left to do was remove the pump relay, turn the key and effectively "dry out" the engine.

Relay back in situ and ...... My ltd edit fired up !

Yayy.. I took it for its M.O.T the only thing questionable on its roadworthiness was the anti- rollbar bushes, which I had renewed.

Success, we're back on the road.

Thanks everyone for your input
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Old 20 Jun 2014, 08:39 am
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Hope you replaced the plug wires (leads) as well - they age as well and weaken the spark.
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yes but I'd love some blue ones .. .. do u know of a cruiser specialist who revels in pimping up PT's
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Old 20 Jun 2014, 09:49 am
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yes but I'd love some blue ones .. .. do u know of a cruiser specialist who revels in pimping up PT's
Buy some wire loom - It's plastic tubing in different sizes and colors (colours), split on the side, you place it over wires and tubing to add color.

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