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Thread: '72 Scout wants to cut out at idle

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    Default '72 Scout wants to cut out at idle

    I am having an idling problem....I get the feeling this problem has gotten slowly and progressively worse over the last 1000 miles or so.
    my '72 Scout II with 345 has a hard time holding it's idle, not all the time but sometimes. I thought maybe that it was a choke issue since the weather has gotten colder out east, but not sure....I haven't driven the Scout for a few weeks now since it has become really cold.

    rather than try to isolate the issue, maybe some of you have a list of things to check before diving deeper.

    she runs strong under power and only occasionally is hard to start....will turn over after a few punches of the gas pedal.

    any ideas?

    thanks....
    Eric

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    What have you got for vacuum leaks?
    What kind of a carb are you running?
    '71 Basterd Scout 2
    with a 258 from a '73 CJ5
    Intake manifold with NHRA markings....go figure

    "Its (scout) four-wheel-drive capabilities are equal to anything this side of full tracks"

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    Check the casting plugs on the bottom of your intake. There should be 3 or 5 of them from what I have heard. Mine had 5. They rust out and can cause an erratic idle. It would mean pulling the intake (70lbs). Easiest done if you have an engine hoist or a chain fall. I pulled mine out without it, but had to use an engine hoist to install it.
    "Never underestimate the predictability of stupidity"

    - Bullet Tooth Tony

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    Quote Originally Posted by okkool77 View Post
    What have you got for vacuum leaks?
    What kind of a carb are you running?
    will have a look for vacuum leaks...
    running a stock carb.

    Eric

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