The solenoid doesn't use gas, it may have been stuck. If you still have the carter carb yes that's very normal to give some gas first. As far as the smoke from the steering colum..? There shouldn't be any.
oh and when i first tried to start it this morning
it cranked once and i noticed a small puff of white smoke coming out of the steering colum.
would this have something to do with the solenoid?
First thing you'll want to do is run, don't walk, to your nearest store and buy a fire extinguisher.
You might have an issue with the ignition switch. Don't know the correlation between the switch and solenoid, I'm sure someone else can help there.
Yes, it's normal for a carbureted engine to start by feeding it some gas. Modern fuel injected cars have an electric fuel pump so you don't have to pump the gas pedal to start them.
so i got it started and found that my turn signals have quit working...
i'm guessing the smoke was the turn signal wire burning?
still having the issue with the started but it will start if i keep trying..
guessing i need a new starter/solenoid..
sucks that i just bought the thing yesterday.
From the sound of it, a carbureted motor is something new to you. If not, the next few lines will be redundant and insulting. I apologize in advance if they are.
How I start my '87:
- put the pedal to the floor 1 time and release.
- turn the key
- the engine should start and idle between 1500-2000 rpm
- when the temp gauge starts to get close to the first line above bottom, tap the gas about half way down and release (this will release the choke)
- engine should now idle between 600-900 rpm.
- drive away
The smoke from the column needs to be looked immediately, if not sooner. If it smelled, and you're losing functionality in the column (eg turn signals), something shorted. Get it fixed.
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