Austin Princess 2200

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Joined: 2012-11-02
Hi There, I have been given the task of looking after an Austin princess (Wedge) 2200 (E series  6 cylinder ) it is fitted with twin HIF SU carbs,  The car takes forever to start from cold but once fired up runs as smooth as, The carbs were serviced and appear to function correctly (ridiculous Cold Start O.K.) Fuel pump flow O.K. points and plugs new any ideas ????
Chris Martin
Joined: 2011-08-20

Hi, here's a couple of guesses. I am not familiar with that model but being '70s BL does it have an electric fuel pump which is at the back and has to 'push' the petrol to the front? If so, you may just have the fuel draining back and then it takes a few seconds to refill the carbs. If this is the case, you can try to hold the ignition on for a few seconds before turning the starter, if you have an accomplice, you may even be able to listen if the pump is buzzing at first, and then stops. If the motor starts then first go, that is  the cause.

If not, I would be looking for a vacuum leak, inlet manifold, carburettor gasket or similar.

Like I said, I am no expert, but that is where I would start.

Chris M.


jagnut12's picture
Joined: 2011-05-10

Hi not sure if you have fixed the problem,but that could be a slow starter motor problem and you will need a battery with plenty of charge.