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Re: OT: Buick carb

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03-28-2014 16:59:37

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Spent (wasted) many of my younger years specializing in Quadrajets. Not exactly for the faint of heart. At least you don't have an electric one. You say when you got the top loose fuel came out but it will only run on carb spray. Are you sure there is actually gas in the carb and not something like diesel (seen it before)? Assuming the engine hasn't run but in spurts I would think the choke should be "slammed" shut unless you propped it open for the photo. There is the slim chance that the primary metering rods are stuck down (shouldn't effect idle) but they can be checked theough the bowl vent. did i mention that I hate those things? Not worth the effort you have to put in to get them running perfect IMHO.

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03-31-2014 20:19:58

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 Re: OT: Buick carb in reply to JF in CT, 03-28-2014 16:59:37  
From the begining: no start condition after 2 weeks of non use... Gas gauge registered 1/2 tank, no fuel out the fuel line at the carb thru a tube into a container. The filter was hard to blow thru so I removed it. I went for a new pump and filter, came back and the container now had 3/4 pint of gas in it!?? I used starter fluid to run engine for a few seconds (still with old fuel pump) and gas flowed into the container like a fire hose. I put the new filter in and reconnected the fuel line to the carb. Still won't run except with spurts of starter fluid. Added 5 gal fresh gas. Now gauge reads 3/4 full. Installed the new pump, still won't run at idle or any position of accelerator. When I removed all screws on the carb perimeter and loosened the two under the choke, fuel came flowing out and the top popped up about 3/16 above the base. Normally, the choke is open about a 1/4". (Temperature was about 70*.) Next step is to get the top off and see why a no start condition occurs even with fuel in the bowl..
BTW, It's not my '79 Buick /305. It belongs to an 87 yo friend.

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