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Old 10-11-2010, 12:23 AM
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Finally broke down and got a project car.

Hi there everyone, I just bought a 53 Belair. Anyone got any info on them. I've done lots of onlibne research but like to hear from actual mechanics, owners and "dabblers".
It starts wicked and runs great but when i push the pedal to far down it totally bogs out.
Do you think it might be the plugs and wires?


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Great car

Your bog problem is likely an accelerator pump wore out or plugged with bad gas. A good carb rebuild would be a good place to start.
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Welcome to the site.
How long has it been sitting ?

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One of the first things I would do is convert it to a 12V alternator w/internal voltage regulator.

You got the PG trans or a stick?

THIS link has a wiring diagram, owner's manual, etc.
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no real 'need' to convert to 12v. they start and run on 6v just fine... the Rochester carbs used on that engine, have a leather accelerator pump diaphram, and it swells up and stops working when they sit.. a rebuild with a new neoprene accelerator pump diaphram will do just fine.... if it had a manual choke, you could close the choke just a bit and it would run better
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