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:( Can anyone tell me where I can get a new auto choke unit for this car, or a complete new carburettor with auto choke attached. I've been told by my local garage I need a new choke but normal garage suppliers don't have parts this old. Car always starts but tends to chug a bit immediately afterwards, and has stalled occasionally. Once hot it runs like a dream. Although any possible contacts would be appreciated, those closer to Milton Keynes would be best.
 

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Keeping an eye open on Ebay is probably your best bet.

Also consider changing it to a manual choke like a lot of us used to do back in those days.
 

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Hmmm, the Varajet II carb, the bain of my late teens and early 20's (until I got a MK2 Cavvy CDi).
Does the auto choke actually operate when cold? (ie close the choke flap).

One of the things I used to do on these was to adjust the throttle stop screw which was operated by the choke to increase the revs when the choke was in operation, this used to help as long as you didn't have your foot on the accelerator.
Does it chug when driving or chug when ticking over?
 

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Thanks suggestions - see answers to your queries

Hmmm, the Varajet II carb, the bain of my late teens and early 20's (until I got a MK2 Cavvy CDi).
Does the auto choke actually operate when cold? (ie close the choke flap).

One of the things I used to do on these was to adjust the throttle stop screw which was operated by the choke to increase the revs when the choke was in operation, this used to help as long as you didn't have your foot on the accelerator.
Does it chug when driving or chug when ticking over?
Car always starts instantly so assume choke phase one okay-ish but chugs immediately on tick over, so phase two not working. Never chugs when driving. In fact when warm it is very smooth. Am not an expert.
 

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Im not trying to be cruel here but is it worth keeping such a old car?

Auctions have plenty of late model cars going through which are cheap?

Finding spares for this may find hard. good car in the day i had one but wouldn't want it now.
 

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I would try adjusting the throttle stop screw slightly to turn up the fast idle, it sounds as though the auto choke is working and the carb is in good order. Older cars did tend to chug a bit when on full choke mind you as the choke is closed and making the car run rich.

Bigtee, while it may be a cheap alternative to buy a newer model it may not be what Flash Gordon wants to do. Morris Minors were good cars in their day and I wouldn't want one now (and never had one) but it doesn't mean we should scrap them when they break down!
 

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Saulty, i didn't say that you should scrap them just been to auctions this week with a friend and the price of cars is bloody cheap!!

If this is a mint car by all means repair it if you do very low miles, but if not there is a alternative!

A carb speacialist like weber etc with a manual choke conversion is the place to be, auto chokes were always giving trouble back in the day never mind now!

Morris minor cover it with petrol strike a match and throw and run fast! lol.......................................
 

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Thanks Bigtee for your interest

As it happens it is immaculate but it didn't cost me very much, and it probably isn't worth very much. It runs very smoothly and has cost me nothing other than servicing since I bought it 18 months ago. Only had 25k miles when I bought it, original Michelin tyres, Vauxhall embossed floor mats, as new upholstery etc. So my dilemma is how much to spend. I have had one offer from a mechanic to either covert to manual (which I may do given what you say about autos) or fit recon auto choke carb for £150 - £250. It may be worth it. Still exploring options.
 

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Here's how I solved my auto choke problem

:( Can anyone tell me where I can get a new auto choke unit for this car, or a complete new carburettor with auto choke attached. I've been told by my local garage I need a new choke but normal garage suppliers don't have parts this old. Car always starts but tends to chug a bit immediately afterwards, and has stalled occasionally. Once hot it runs like a dream. Although any possible contacts would be appreciated, those closer to Milton Keynes would be best.
I checked the make of carburettor (Pierburg 2E) and telephoned Carburettor Exchange at Leighton Buzzard (a friend of mine who served his apprenticeship on '90s Astras etc told me they might be able to help) , describing the problem to them. Immediately the guy there said I needed a new plastic choke pull down unit. He didn't sell them but gave me a contact who did (Gower and Lee, Bushey, Watford, Herts). I rang them up and after a look through the parts catalogue they confirmed that the original part number had been superseded but the part was still available. It cost me £30 incl vat and now it is on my car which is running perfectly again. So, I didn't need a new auto choke or a new carburettor.
 
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