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Grandpa's Rochester Quadrajet Carburetor


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by Ryan King

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As many of you already know, one of the secrets to success in life is getting priorities straight.

For my car hobby, that means knowing what's most critical and making it my priority — and what's most critical is getting my Grandfather's El Camino on the road.

I've been waiting nearly 30 years to drive it and it's high time that happens.

There are several things the Old Cruck is going to need to be road worthy, and one of those things is some carb work. I don't know what exactly at this point, but it's been sitting a really long time and those gaskets are probably pretty toasty by now. I also know he had some trouble getting the secondaries to work correctly with the little 283, so he wired them shut — hopefully I can resolve that issue, as well: I have both the knowledge and equipment to tune an engine correctly. The thing is, while I'm experienced rebuilding and tuning carburetors, and I'm familiar with Rochester Quadrajets, I've never rebuilt or tuned one.

In order to make sure I'm prepared do it right the first time, I've picked up a copy of CarTech's How to Rebuild and Modify Rochester Quadrajet Carburetors by Cliff Ruggles. If you have a Q-Jet you're looking to rebuild or modify but don't know how, check out my review in the Book Reviews section to see if this book is what you're looking for.

I should probably mention, again, that I have no place to work on anything, so what I'm going to do to put the El Camino back on the road is beyond me at the moment. If you're a regular reader than you probably already know I've been working toward a solution for wrenching on my Car Projects for years now and I haven't managed to get there, yet. Still, I remain hopeful that one day in the near future my hard work will pay off and I'll get to fulfill my life-long dream of driving my Grandfather's Cruck.

See you all next week!


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