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I recently picked up a new in the box Edelbrock 1405 carb for a very good price. Thing is, it has a manufacture date of 12-29-97, making it 13 years old. It is in perfect shape. Should I be concerned about using this? Are there any parts that should be checked or replaced? Thanks.

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Old 11-08-2010, 01:24 AM
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A carb can sit in a box 30 years, be bolted on and run fine. The killer of carbs is when fuel sits in them for a time and it turns into trash and varnish. Or when they get high mileage and the throttle bores wear out.
Many years ago I was looking for a Quadrajet and a friend of mine had one. He removed it off a truck about 10 years prior. He drained the fuel out of it before it sat in his shop for those 10 years. I was in a hurry so I didn`t even bother to clean it I just slapped it on and it ran great.
If the carb`s been in the box and been kept out of the elements it should be fine.
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the only issue you MIGHT have is some dried out gaskets... in which case a refresh kit should solve any issues.
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I recently picked up a new in the box Edelbrock 1405 carb for a very good price. Thing is, it has a manufacture date of 12-29-97, making it 13 years old. It is in perfect shape. Should I be concerned about using this? Are there any parts that should be checked or replaced? Thanks.
I would certainly try it as-is first. One thing that might take a bit of soaking in fuel to come fully back around would be the accelerator pump piston. But otherwise it should be OK.
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Thanks for the advice. I'm just goign to bolt it on when the time comes (still working on the engine). It was too good a deal to pass up and like I said it is new in the box, was stored inside and looks perfect. Thanks,
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