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Old 10-20-2005, 07:26 PM
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manual choke, help!!!

Hello,
I am a new member. First time on the forum. I was hoping that someone could help me with a question about an conversion I was told about from a manual choke to an electric choke on a small block Chevrolet in a pickup. This is a mild motor, Edelbrock intake and carb. Nothing spectacular. just something to get me through the winter as my Camaro won't make it down my drifted driveway! Where do I find one of these? Is this something to look into or should I do something different. Any advise???

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Edelbrock makes kits to convert a carb from manual choke to electric choke. At www.summitracing.com you can find them by browsing, using these filters:

Department: Air & Fuel Delivery
Brand: Edelbrock
Section: Carburetors
Part Type: Choke Kits

Looks to be in the $30-$50 range.

I don't have enough experience with them to help you with the pros and cons of electric vs. manual (I live in a warm climate and never use the choke anyway). Hopefully somebody else can chime in on that one.
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Piece of cake. Anyone can install those, cheap and easy solution, look no further.
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Electric Choke

Doc here,

Once you get and mount your Electric Choke, The hook up should be this way..

Get a relay, hook the coil up to the Field wire of the alternator, and ground..The Center wiper of the contacts goes to the choke heater, and the normally open Side of the contacts will go to any 12 volt FUSED switched source..

The reason for this config, is So if on a snowy day, you don't leave the key in the '"on" position, not running, using things like window heaters, or wipers in excess of 3 minutes..(the average time to open the electric choke)It will cause a "Cold Start" on an open choke, defeating it's purpose..The choke can only get power if the alternator is turning..

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Thanks, you have been very helpful. I am very impressed with the willingness to help by the members of this forum.
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re: Choke quest.

Are you sure you want to go from a manual to an electric choke? I've gone the other way on a couple of different cars and I must say that personally, I like manual chokes on a carbureted vehicle for a couple of reasons. One, it's one less thing to break (simplified). And two, it gives you much more precise control over your carb.

Of course, I understand that you might like the convenience of the electric...one less thing to do when starting your car. It looks like everyone has given you good advice on it...good luck!

John
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