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Old 06-23-2014, 10:44 AM   #1
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/5 ticklers vs /6 enricheners

I've been doing some brainstorming about /5 ticklers vs /6 enricheners....

My /5 has cold-start ticklers, which is quaint, but a PITA in cold weather. The Bing 26mm slide-valve carbs have the cylinders for the enrichener pistons and many of the passageways in the casting, they are either not drilled, not tapped or are closed off. It wouldn't be impossible for me to finish the machine work on the enricheners and get the jets, pistons and misc parts from Bing.

I haven't gotten around to getting a Bing carb book, I'm wondering if it has drawings good enough to "build" the enrichener from? Or maybe another source. Or maybe get an old trashed /6 carb and dissect it.

Just a thought (always dangerous). I finally caught the Left tickler button on my pants cuff enough to break it, so I'm going to have to do something about the "cold start system" before next Winter...

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Old 06-23-2014, 11:23 AM   #2
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I've often thought that same thing but never pursued it.
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Old 06-23-2014, 11:46 AM   #3
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It's probably nostalgia speaking but I liked ticklers. Stinky fingers aside they were a simple automatic choke that actually worked except perhaps in really cold weather. The enrichers on my flat top Bings are all or nothing. They work in really cold weather but provide grossly too much richness any other time.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:23 PM   #4
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190e, you may be fondly remembering FRENCH ticklers.
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Old 06-23-2014, 04:30 PM   #5
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Yeah, I'm toying with the idea. They are funky and old-timey. My only gripe is a) the left one tends to snag my pants cuff and b) the left carb overflow, which is active when the tickler tickles, empties directly on the shifter rubber. :(

But OTOH, they work flawlessly as long as The Drill is performed:

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First shalt thou Depress the Holy Tickler Pin until fuel dribbles out the overflow tube. Then, shalt thou Pump the throttle seven times. No more. No less. Seven shalt be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be seven. Eight shalt thou not count, nor either count thou six, excepting that thou then proceed to seven. Ten is right out. Once the number seven, being the seventh number, be reached, then crack the throttle by one-in-eight and hit the starter button. And the engine will start, and the people will feast upon the lambs and sloths and carp and anchovies and orangutans and breakfast cereals and fruit bats and large chu--

Skip a bit, Brother.

After 20-30 seconds, if the engine starts to bog, hit the Tickler again...
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:20 PM   #6
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Bill, you need to do what all us old farts do,...... tuck your pants into your socks! Works for me!
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Old 06-23-2014, 06:50 PM   #7
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Bill, you need to do what all us old farts do,...... tuck your pants into your socks! Works for me!
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Old 06-23-2014, 10:32 PM   #8
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Bill, you need to do what all us old farts do,...... tuck your pants into your socks! Works for me!
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I am not bad-assed enough to pull that shit off.


(not to mention the po' shins)
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