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Old 09-25-2012, 12:28 PM
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HELP! engine wont idle!

okay so heres the deal im going to provide as much info as i can and hope for some help as i am stumped! i have a '64 327 sitting in my '86 chevy c10. Its .040 over with sealed power flat tops, vortec heads, edelbrock rpm air gap intake, street fire distributor and a Rochester slobber jet carb . the carb did have a choke but it had to be removed as the provision for it on the intake was non-existent. the engine turns over fine, builds oil pressure just great as well but about 30 seconds or so after it starts, it dies ! anyone have any idea what might be going on here

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Well there are several things you can check out and first make sure your timing is correct as that will effect carb operation. Also I am no expert on qjets but only on holleys but you might want to check your idle mixture screws to make sure there adjusted correctly. Those are to very important things that can cause what your experiencing.
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When it starts shine a light down the carbs throat and see if you see fuel dripping out of the boosters. If so it's flooding likely due to trash in the needle and seat. Snatch out a few spark plugs and see if they are wet or have a heavy fuel scent to them, if so that points towards flooding.
Check it for vacuum leaks, a major vacuum leak will also cause it not to idle.
Which Quadrajet are you using? Is it the type that has the electrical plugs on it? And by the way, the Quadrajet is hands down the best street carb made, but it's the same as all other carbs, when they got a problem they don't work correctly. Lastly, are you using a adapter plate? If so what type?
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It needs a choke and some rpm to warm it up. Fuel vapour is probably going back to a liquid state, puddling in the plenum. Goes lean cause of no fuel vapour to cylinders and dies.
Your airgap intake doesn't help. PLenum stays cold too long.
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