1953-1960 Classic Car Engines Troubleshooting Guide: Engine Is Hard Starting When Engine Is Cold
Things to Look For:
Many of the conditions enumerated under Engine Won't Start also may cause hard starting in cold weather. Of particular importance, however, are the following:
- Choke setting too lean.
- Fuel may have kerosene in it or water, or ice in bottom of tank.
- Ice in fuel filter bowl.
- Ice in fuel lines.
- Engine is cranked too slowly or won't turn over because: (a) engine oil is too thick in sub-zero weather; (b) battery weak due to extremely low temperature.
- Another possibility, although remote, is that the water pump is jammed with ice, which will interfere with cranking engine if fan belt is tight.
The Complete Guide to Troubleshooting 1953-1960 Era American Classic Car Engines