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convert from water choke to electric
« on: September 09, 2012, 09:40:27 PM »
Sorry, this is not new to you vets out there, but I'm a rookie.  Look upon me disdainfully if you will.  Maybe some old salt will take pity on me.

I've resurrected a derelict kit car project.  The 2.3 engine has a 5200 with a water choke, and I want to change to electric.  Or, at least I think I want to.  The water choke just seems so stone age to me, and looks like garbage. 

Please instruct as you would a compleat idiot, the steps needed to make the change.  What do I need to obtain, how does it go on, and from where does it obtain power? I have determined that one bolt holds the water unit in place, but how does the electrical unit fit it, and most importantly to me, with SPECIFICALLY what?

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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2012, 09:37:58 AM »
Been a long time since I have done this but; remove the hoses and the center bolt holding the outer housing. 
 
Now you will see arranged around the circumference of the inner housing three small screws that hold the inner housing/coil to the carburetor body.
 
Remove those three small screws and the inner housing will come off.
 
I'm sure the conversion kits that Scott recommended will have an installlastion instruction sheet included. The supplied inner housing (with coil) and terminals installs in place of the old style using the same ring and three small screws.
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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2012, 08:26:55 PM »
Thanks guys.  BWD Th 1600 - got it.  Looks like the upgrade is straightforwar d enough.  I should be able to handle it.

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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #4 on: July 25, 2013, 10:52:43 PM »
This is a retraction...
The BWD TH1600 Choke kit is too big for the 5200 on the 72/2000cc. Too Big in diameter to fit the hot water choke housing. When this thread was started I searched for this for a while and finally found what looked like the correct (or at least what was listed as correct) part and ordered one. I have always wanted to do this to my 72 and jumped at this chance to find the parts and have it ready when it was time- When time came, (Last Week) I was dismayed to find out that it did not work for the 72- I don't have the info for other years but I suspect the same. I'm sorry I led rv8air (and myself) in the wrong direction.

On another note- I was able to find a carb from a later model 5200 series carb (I had laying around) that had a used electric choke housing. Using this and the sensor from the BWD TH1600 kit- I was able to make something work. I wish I knew what car it came from- I have collected too many parts for my own good...
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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #5 on: July 26, 2013, 10:07:19 PM »
Hey rv8air, I have one if you need it. It's complete and ready to go.

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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2013, 06:16:09 AM »
Yes, you have to use an all electrical housing to fit the part shown there. The two housings are different. I converted mine by simply lifting all parts from a junkyard later model, thinking I bought the heating unit new to make sure it didn't go down for awhile.

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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2013, 08:58:46 AM »
Mine is electric and water and without the water it works just like any other electric choke, sure don't understand the reason for the water, maybe when it gets cold I'll see a difference?..
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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2013, 09:32:59 PM »
You should. The electric there was described by the factory as 'assist' meaning they both work together, the electric alone should be a little less, the element not quite as big as the all electric one thinking. They went to all electric later to get choke off quicker for less emissions, the hot water section was too slow.

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Re: convert from water choke to electric
« Reply #9 on: August 24, 2013, 08:45:04 AM »
Well, I didn't take mine apart yet so I don't know what the coil looks like, but that explains it if it's small and needs more heat to work, if that's the case I'll probably have to convert once it cools down.. Thanks for clearing that up..
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