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Old 08-25-2010, 06:23 PM
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Best carb for ease of starting

Hey guys i need to get a new carb for my 350. I don't really care too much about performance as i am onl using it on the street. I was looking into a reman edelbrock 650 from jegs for $200. But if a holley will give me easier starts i will pay the extra 53 buck for one. What do you guy think? Please don't say q-jet, that is what i'm replacing because all it's doing is making me frusterated. It's either holley or edelbrock, the engine is not stock, it is a mild, performance build, and when i say mild i mean mild. But it does have a larger than stock cam. Thanks for the help.

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Old 08-25-2010, 07:06 PM
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sorry, it's an edelbrock 600 not 650
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I've run both (actually one 1405 edelbrock, a whole bunch of 1850 holleys, and a 4779), and never had a problem. Once you get the settings down, you're good to go. There's some newer model holleys that seem to give problems though. I forgot which models.
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I was looking at either the edelbrock 1405 or the holley 1850. I just on't want to spend the extra money for a holley if it isn't going to be any better than the edelbrock.
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I got a remanufactured Edelbrock 1406 from Summit. Ran great out of the box, but I did end up getting the calibration kit for it. Just wanted to tweak with it to get it perfect.
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Any problems with hot or cold start? Performance doesn't matter i just don't want to get stranded because the car won't start. It's just something that is really bothering me about m current carb
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I bought a used rebuilt that seems to have a mild cam with an edelbrock with an electric choke and hie ignition and electric fuel pump. Have been using it in my 31 on cruise nights for 1 1/2 years. About 4-5 runs / week and it starts perfect everytime. Idles down right away and never stalls.
I have noticed a very slight hesitation recently and I mean slight. However it seemed to pass. I think it is a very good choice.
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Alright, all signs point to edelbrock so far.
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Edelbrocks really are user friendly carbs. Easy to tune and run well. "Set it and forget it."
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Ok i'm going to order a reman from jegs in a few minutes. Any last minute thoughts before i do it? I really don't want to regret this purchase.
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What intake are you running? If it's a spreadbore intake you'll need an adapter. Edelbrock makes one that's basically a flat plate.
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It's a holley contender. It has an adapter for the q-jet on it.
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Any carb that isn't wore out and in bad shape will start as easy as the next, one brand doesn't start any easier than the other, or any less easy.

Sounds like your Q-Jet is just flat wore out and in need of a full rework and rebuild, and it would likely be servicable again.
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I think it's pretty much garbage. It's got no choke, running way rich, no matter how much i play with the idle mixture screws nothing helps. I just want to get a high quality carb that i don't have to worry about and from what most people are saying that carb seems to be the edelbrock.
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if the temp is above ~50 degrees ~. 2 pumps of the gas pedal and a pop of the key should get any engine that isn't all worn out to start and idle fairly smoothly, even w/o choke. it won't have power for a few mins till its warm tho...

really, Holleys had more time in the production markets.. Edlebrock carbs are just Carter AVS and AFB's depending on series.. Holley's have been used on just about everything, and Carters were used on AMC's and Mopars... in reality they are all of the same quality...


other thing to consider is used Holleys are dirt cheap... I bought an 1850-3 for $30.. $30 rebuild kit and a couple hours and I will have a nice working carb on a $60 investment.
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