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Old 03-05-2006, 06:33 PM
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Why used (or stored) carbs MUST have a gasket kit

Often there are threads here about buying a carb off ebaY, at a swap meet, or getting a used one from a friend. The advice is to ALWAYS install at least a new gasket kit if not a full rebuild kit.

Here's why.

We built a new house last year and had to move out of our old one and live in an apartment for about 4 months. Had to store the Willys for that period and when I got in it to drive it to the new house, the thing ran like it was hitting on 4 cylinders. Parked it here for three more months while I have been drywalling, plumbing and electrifying my shop, installing land scraping in our 1/4 acre back yard and misc. other 'Honey-Dos' associated w/ a new house.

Went out this afternoon to trouble shoot the Willys since the GoodGuys March Meet nostalgia drag race is next weekend and I gotta go! Checked the plugs and they were carbon black, running super rich. I run the carb a little rich - plugs are usually medium tan instead of lean light tan but this was ridiculous. Tried starting the beast and noticed LOTS of gas pouring out of the front bowl on my Holley 950CFM 3bbl. Pulled the bowl and sure enough, the gasket was doing a disappearing act! Looking at the picture below, it's a wonder the hemi ran on 4 cylinders!

Moral of the story, always install new gaskets in a stored carb.

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Old 03-05-2006, 06:59 PM
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About 20 years ago I sold my best friend's kid brother a Holley I'd had sitting on the shelf. I told him he ABSOLUTELY had to put a kit in it, even offered to do it for him. He tried to save a few bucks and put it on his car "as is", the next day his car caught fire and burned to the ground. The cause? Yep, gas leaking from the carb. He came over that same night all bummed out and said "You tried to tell me, but I didn't listen." Felt really bad for the poor kid but now when he does something to his car he does it right or not at all. Tough lesson but one he never forgot.
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Old 03-05-2006, 07:52 PM
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Do the new black composite Holley bowl gaskets hold up any better? I haven't seen any brown cork in a long time.

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Old 03-05-2006, 08:56 PM
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Haven't gasketed a carb in a few years so don't know. I'll see what they sell me tomorrow at the parts store.
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Old 03-05-2006, 09:47 PM
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I've used these new non-stick and they work good.

Blue gaskets.

also seen some new black composite ones too.

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Dad just put a "kit" in my holly 2100, but I don't know what was in it. He did it while I was at work.

That was a nice surprise.
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