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Old 09-28-2010, 02:35 PM
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Need a good, easy to tune, no hassle carburator

I've had it up to my eyeballs with the q-jet on my old beater truck. I rebuilt it and it ran good for a while, but now it acts like it' flooding and it's leaking fuel. This isn't something I'm looking to hotrod. I just want something reliable and dependable to get me back and forth from the parts store and lumber yard. I don't even care if its a four barrel or not. So does anyone have any recommendations?

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For that application its hard to beat an Edelbrock 1406. They're dirt simple. Not the best on the track but GREAT on a daily driver.
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X2 on the Edelbrock.

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Ha, Ha, Ha....you're a dreamer pardner......that being said...in jest of course, any carb can be tuned to run properly. That also means if you know what you're doing. Everyone on this and every other forum I have looked at has complaints about them all...Holley, Carter, Edelbrock, Q-jets and of course the Demon.

I've heard by many that the Q-jet is the hardest to set up but who knows just how good these folks are at what they are doing. I'll keep my Holley but its really a "to each his own" and how knowledgeable you are with a certain type of carb. Good luck though whichever one you choose.
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The problem with run of the mill quadrajet rebuilds is unless the rebuilder rebushes the throttle shafts, it's still going to run like crap.

I have had good and bad luck with all makes of carbs, but for your daily parts runner, it's really hard to beat a quadrajet. Get yourself a new one or a quality rebuilt one and put a good inline filter on it and it will be good for many miles.

My next choice for a daily driver would be an Edelbrock.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:18 PM
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You need one that bolt's straight on to a spreadbore intake that you have under the Q-jet. Anything else needs an adapter (not good). For all around savings, I would go with another garantee'd rebuilt Q-jet and be done with it.
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Old 09-28-2010, 04:21 PM
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I'd use another Q-Jet also.
I've had good luck with this place>> http://www.nationalcarburetors.com/
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Old 09-28-2010, 06:15 PM
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Q-jet here, as well. Properly rebuilt, and tuned, they can meter almost as precisely as fuel injection.
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x50 for the Qjet.

Keep in mind that you will spend lots of time (or money) taking an "out of the box" carb and tuning it to your engine. The Qjet you have is already jetted right, it probably just has worn throttle shafts and a weak secondary door spring along with who-knows how many bad vacuum brakes.

Spend $350 and let Jet do the work for you. (www.jetchip.com) or you can spend that same money buying and tuning another carb that will never meter as accurately as a Qjet.
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Another for the Quadrajet. I`ve ran all kinds of carbs and on the street you can`t beat a Quadrajet. Some say they are complicated and that`s a myth. They operate the same as another other carb. We all love a carb that works, but we hate one that don`t and it`s that simple. Get yours professionally rebuilt or buy a pro built one.
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Put me in with the Q-Jet boys...they are an EXCELLENT carburetor. Try here...this guy is a genious with Q-Jets, and for less than the price of a new Holley or Edelbrock, he can have YOUR Q-Jet running better than brand new...
http://www.cliffshighperformance.com/parts.html#top
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I bought a used q-jet with the correct numbers for a hotrod for 50 bucks and called Cliff and talked to him personally and he set me up with all the right parts to rebuild my Q-jet (not my first one but the first one I had professional help instead of trial and error). I followed all the adjustment procedure to the letter and put it on my T-bucket today and it ran great right away . This is the 5th vehicle I have had with a Q-jet and still love a Q-jet . BTW : I replaced a 1406 Edelbrock that wa running perfectly with the Q-jet just because the Q-jet is a mor sophisticated carburetor and once it is done right you just run them . I have put close to half a million miles on Q-jets and never had a problem . Just my experience . Anyway if you talk to Cliff he will fix you up .
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Need a good, easy to tune, no hassle carburator
ya... right
good luck with that one.
i need EFI on a 1 cyl mower...
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I feel like an entire market demographic has been ignored by manufacturers. Anyway, thanks for all the responses. If I have to I'll probably go with a new q-jet, but I'm going to let a professional take a look at it first.
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I feel like an entire market demographic has been ignored by manufacturers. Anyway, thanks for all the responses. If I have to I'll probably go with a new q-jet, but I'm going to let a professional take a look at it first.
You can send the carb you have to Cliff and tell him the application and he will go through it and set it up for you . Give him a call. He likes to talk and he can give you a quote over the phone . Very nice fella in my opinion . Try him, you may like him . He is in MT Vernon , OH
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