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Exhaust stink finally solved!

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jimmycoco Noah H
AB, Canada   CAN
No matter what adjustments I did to timing, the mixture screw, throttle speed, new plugs, etc, I could not keep my Midget from stinking like exhaust so badly that it would get in my clothes and hair and made me want to not drive it.

Finally solved the problem today: it all came down to the restrictor (or lack thereof) in the hose between the carb (Weber DGV) and the valve cover. Put a 5/64 restrictor (wooden dowel with a hole drilled as per a suggestion from someone here) in the line and voila! the stank is gone.

Now that I understand the mechanics of it a little better, I cringe at thinking about how much oil mist I must have been sucking into the carb! Probably time for a good carb cleaning now.

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spettro9 Silver Member John Loiacono
Cedar Grove, NJ, USA   USA
1976 MG Midget 1500 "Laurel"
1999 Volkswagen Golf
2001 Saturn SC1 "Vicky"

I think my car's smell is more the vinyl top + dashboard than fumes
it's kinda nice

Any reason we couldn't install an oil catch can/trap in an MG?
I have bought one for my Saturn, but I still haven't put it in...
(oil burning/consumption a popular topic with Saturns, partially due to PCV, partially to pistons lacking drain back holes;
I rebuilt my engine to add these as recommended and it's better)

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