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new expansion complete. Not only are we the only Rover shop in Eliot Maine...now we're also the biggest.

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Sadly Matt is right I didnt make much progress yesterday. Hoping to get more done tomorrow
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Old February 5th, 2012, 12:55 PM
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I wish i was working late it would be done already. My son has a double ear infection so I was up all night with him and hence the delay getting this thing running.
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Well got to wrench for a few hours today. Still need to install a few things but I was really curious to see if it would start so I hooked up the fuel pump and starter.. turn the key and she fired right up!!....then died and gas poured out of the top the carb. Guessing the floats are stuck. Back at it in the am.
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Awesome! Can't wait to see this thing in action finally.
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so I hooked up the fuel pump and starter.. turn the key and she fired right up!!...
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Old February 7th, 2012, 06:45 AM
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You could swap your old carb on there (hoping the jetting works for the new lump) and give it a whirl. Some of the older seals in the Qjet don't like the ethanol...fuel pumps too.

-Jeff

I was thinking that. Im not going to spend too long on trying to fix it before I swap the carbs and see how it does.
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Old February 7th, 2012, 04:29 PM
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Got some advice from a local chevy guy. Recommended tapping the carb with a hammer... wouldnt you know that did the trick! engine fired and ran...shut it down to install radiator etc only to find out ive got a leak coming from the water pump and the new clutch needs the throw adjusted...Why did i want to do this now?! back at it on thurs.
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Very cool project John. Now that its in, does it look as theough the hood will clear ? Any snow on the ground for next week's romp ?
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A couple of pictures would be nice!
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Thanks Doug. I actually havent tried putting the air cleaner and hood on yet but it looks like it will clear the Qjet carb is taller than the Edelbrock so it should even out.

Charles Ill take more pics Ive just been trying to work as fast as I can to get it in and running so that I work the kinks out before Romp... Should be just enough snow to make it fun.
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Water pump leak fixed....Clutch adjusted. Need to swap the carbs tomorrow since this one has more issues than I have time to deal with it but hoping to road test tomorrow afternoon with a week to spare!
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Old February 9th, 2012, 06:14 AM
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Its actually not that clean. I didnt bother with dressing or detailing it. I think the flash makes it look shinier than it is but dont you worry it will all be one consistent brown color soon enough.
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Sadly no...had to replace my pos Napa starter which ill put in tmw and fingers crossed see how it runs.
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Still no road test and only 5 days till Romp! Im starting to think Barry might of been right.. Swapped out the carb with a brand new out of the box Edelbrock and it still flooded and it wouldnt run right...not to mention killed my starter. Spent Friday running around getting a new Powermaster starter since I think my heat soak issues are eating the Napa ones. This was my 4th starter in about 5 months.

Decided to check my fuel pressure and it pegged the gauge....no idea why but ran out and got a fuel pressure regulator..No more flooding but the new carb didnt want to idle under 1500 and bogged down when you applied the throttle and stalled.

I dont know shit about these carbs so I took the carb down to a local mechanic and he advised me to put the old carb back on since it was tuned to this engine.

Now my third time swapping out the carb and sure enough it ran much better... Its about this time that I was advised by the builder of the truck to junk the edelbrock and put the Quadrajet back on!

After a little research it turns out these carbs dont like to go offroad and stall just thinking about doing a hill climb. Not what I need right before an offroad trip!

So Saturday morning back to Napa (yes im on a first name basis with these guys now) to get a an adaptor for the Qjet. Im so fed up with this thing I dont have the time or patience to think about swapping out the intake manifold. Ive put way too many hours into this and Id rather run without a hood at this point than think about doing the intake.

Low and behold on the 4th carb swap and a little messing with the timing and she roars to life! Now I have to re do the throttle linkage since I cut it to work with the edelbrock. I needed a break from it so Ill be back at it n the am and hopefully she drives as nice as she sounds or Ill be showing up in Waterville driving the LWB!
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That sounds so familiar.
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Throttle linkage fixed this morning... She runs like a champ... Get her out on the road for a road test and its a different story. She is bogging down terribly under load so off to the local mechanic she goes....
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Old February 14th, 2012, 06:53 AM
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I swapped the cap rotor and wires and yes double checked them. The distributor is the one that came with the motor but It maybe worth swapping it incase its not properly advancing.

I need to make myself pay for it at romp it was my idea to pull a perfectly running motor!
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Old February 14th, 2012, 03:43 PM
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the mechanic replaced the filter in the carb and bent the linkage to the secondaries reducing the lag and oh boy!
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