It's Been A Warm Winter
It's the end of 2019 and November and December have been mostly warm with wet snow or brutally cold with no snow. Any snowfall is followed by warmer temperatures that melt the snow before it has to be cleared. Thus, I haven't used the Jeep for any plowing. It has sat with the plow attached and canvas top secured.
I have had issues with it starting up after sitting. We've always had to squirt some starting fluid (ether) into the carb to get it going. But after the Jeep sat for a few weeks it was near hopeless. My theory is that the fuel tank, pump, or lines are not as sealed as they should be and it's easy for moisture to get into the system. Modern Ethanol gasoline doesn't hold up well either. Even my snowblower ran poorly until I used up the last of my summer gas.
The Jeep was especially frustrating. I assumed bad or wet gas so I had to somehow get fresh gas through the system. I poured in some Heet dry gas that is supposed to absorb or mix the water. And I added a few gallons of fresh 93 octane.
I had to get it running on the ether, then manually work the carb with my right hand while spraying the ether can with my left hand, like a fuel injector. In this way I was able to keep the engine running while fresh fuel made it's way from the tank, through the fuel pump, and up into the carb. Once in the carb the engine ran and idled beautifully! Now instead of letting it sit for weeks I start it up every weekend. With a little help from the ether it starts easily and I let it idle in the driveway. Sometimes I drive it back and forth to keep everything from freezing up and get the engine up to temperature. I hope my neighbors don't mind the sight and sound!