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    Pulled the carb today and have it partially soaking in carb cleaner. I need both a larger pan and another bucket of cleaner to fully submerge it. I have decided whoever designed these helped with the Gama Goat engine as theyíre equally frustrating to get wrenches on or around parts. It took about an hour to get the carb off.

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    Default Here's an Easter Egg for you.

    If you haven't become a ACOC member yet.

    Solex type 40 WNHEO/2
    Mechanical pumps are known for not holding Prime.
    An electric pump is fitted above gas tank drivers side (remember right hand drive).
    Access through the bed of the passenger compartment.

    Did you by any chance wind up with 2 snorkles or spot lights?

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    This one had a “Bubba” electric fuel pump added to it. That actually works extremely well and helped drain the almost full tank of nasty fuel. I got the carb back on late today but didn’t get the chance to try it out.

    Sorry but the parts vehicle was missing both the snorkel and spot light. I hear that Sam Winer has 4 Champs in his salvage yard in Ohio. If I can’t get the carb working I may need to see is someone local and check that out for me and I’ll put those on the list.
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    That would be a fun trip....
    From the pictures I saw of the Winer's Champs (2012) they were pretty rough.
    Maybe internals might still be there but the sheet metal was bent & rusted and they all set on flats.
    I think they were pics from the ACOC registry listings.
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    Later a relative of Sam Winer's tore down one Champ for drive train parts.
    They had just about everything, bunch of suspension and drive line parts, on ebay a couple years back.

    And in the MV magazines Winer's listed a NOS front ring gear & pinion set, they were loose in a crate, an I didn't know if they were matched pairs.
    But I think it is the rear ring & pinion that go out most commonly on the Champ.
    In the past the Champ Club has done a group buy where they had a run of 50+ rear ring & pinions manufactured.

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    Well it does run! At this point as long as I keep some throttle to it it'll stay going. I need to adjust the idle and hopefully get it to sit running on it's own.
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    And now it runs smoothly! Started it yesterday afternoon and it idled a little rough on it’s own so adjusted the throttle set on the carb to smooth it out. It was running great but smelled like it was running a little rich. That’s about the time I realized I still had the choke out. Readjust the throttle and things were much better.

    Now that it was running I decided to take it for a spin down the driveway but it had less brake pedal than a deuce after sitting in a GL lot for 5 years. Fortunately the driveway is long and I have a big yard so I just whipped it around at the end and went cross country for a bit. I rolled to a stop and switched the fwd/rvs lever to reverse and tried out 2 of the 5 backward gears.

    So the beast runs and drives but now I get to see if it’ll stop. It’s a single circuit system so it’d be a good idea to make sure it’s working properly before heading out on the Lonesome Highway. By adding some fluid it would pump up some bu there appears to be a major leak at the front left wheel cylinder. Hopefully it’s easier to find brake parts than it was carb parts.
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    Found a great deal on rebuild kits for all the wheel cylinders and the master. Now it's just a matter of getting them here from England although the shipping actually wasn't too bad either -$93 including shipping.
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    Turns out the folks with the brake rebuild parts also have a carb rebuild kit. A little more expensive than a quadrajet kit (almost $80) but since I’m already paying for international shipping I had him throw one in. Everything should be here by next Wed so quick shipping too.
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    Still waiting for the goodie box from England but I went ahead and pulled the master cylinder. Iím not going to actually crack it open until I get the rebuild kit but itís off and being cleaned up.

    I think they could have found a better place for the MC but at least they put a skid plate under it. Itís a great place to carry all that extra mud and dirt you donít want inside the vehicle.
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    Good job Mark, glad to see you are making progress.
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