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Originally posted by MBecker911
"It just seems excessice to let the car idle while cold at such a high rpm."

I have the same question regarding my 73 1/2 with CIS. My experience is exactly the same. Anything less than "all the way up" on the hand throttle, and the engine will stumble. But 2000 rpm on a cold engine? Makes me cringe.

To start my '73.5, I pull the hand throttle all the way up, put the key in the run position and listen to the fuel pump. After a few moments, the sound ever so slightly changes and I turn the key to the start position and get her to fire. I wait for the idle to stabilize 2-3000 rpm and then cut it back to 1500 rpm. Blip the accellerator to verify smooth operation and off I go. Once the temp gauge moves off the peg, I start closing the hand throttle to maintain a 700-1500 rpm idle until it is closed.

Works every time.

Also, I like to let the car idle for a minute or so before moving to be sure all is ok.
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