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Old 02-17-2008, 06:21 PM
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Rusted Q-Jet

We were cleaning up some junk the other day when I found a Rochester Q-Jet. It had been sitting outside for who knows how long. Everything on it looks fine except that all the metal tubes and linkage are covered in rust. The throttle shaft is stuck as well. Is it worth keeping around to rebuild? If I were to clean it up, is it ok to completely submerge it in carb cleaner for a day or so?

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Old 02-17-2008, 06:26 PM
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Can't seem to hurt it any more then it is now.
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carb cleaner won't disolve the rust---THROW IT AWAY!!! or it would make a good boat anchor for a hamsters boat!!!
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Darn, not what I wanted to hear. Maybe I'll keep it around if I ever need to rob parts from it. The throttle plate, main body, and air horn are all in good condition. It's just the linkages and metal parts that are rusted.
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I'm not fond of Q-jets but they have their niche. I've found that soaking the base plate shafts with a good penetrating oil for a few days and then putting some heft on the linkage will probably break them loose. It doesn't sound like you can hurt any more than it is.
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Look for a product called Evapo-rust at O'Reilly Auto Parts or Autozone, or buy a gallon of it online. It'll cost you about $20 a gallon but you can use it for a very long time. Soak it overnight and hose it off. The rust will fall off leaving clean metal and a loosened throttle shaft.



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I'd say keep it around, tinker with it a bit and just see what you can get out of it...if you can get the important parts cleaned up right and make sure everything moves right and nothing is clogged then you would've just scored a potentially useable carb in case you ever need one...if not there might still be some good pieces...can't lose anything with it so all you can do is gain something...
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