How to de-bog your Quadrajet part 1
Sorry guys, I got the videos a bit out of order.
The Rochester Quadrajet has gotten a bad rap over the years, often called a
Quadrabog or Quadrajunk.
In fact, this is a great multipurpose carbureter once you understand how
they work and what not to do to them.
In this clip I introduce you to the Quadrajet and begin explaining the
theory of operation of these units.
See 1976 Chevrolet pickup with Rochester quadrajet upgrade on SBC 350 V8.
We removed the hood, mounted a camera looking down on the air horn, and
took it for a spin, running wide open on an uphill grade. See how the
secondary air valve responds to rpm drop at each upshift of the THM. Also
included is a smoking burnout.
Time-Lapse Carburettor Swap on a 1968 Pontiac Firebird
Recently I fitted a second-hand Quadrajet carburettor to my 1968 Pontiac
Much to my surprise the car actually started, idled and ran. Unfortunately
the Quadrajet developed some fuel leaks, however, and ideally needed a
For the duration I decided to put my original Edelbrock carburettor back on
so I could continue to use the car while deciding what to do with the
Quadrajet. That's what you'll see happening in this video.
If you're wondering why I remove the studs after reinstalling them, it's
because I previously had a spacer plate installed which needed long
As a result, when I put the carburettor back without the spacer, the studs
were too long and I wouldn't have been able to bolt the carburettor back
down. I didn't want to use the spacer plate for now, so I had to cobble
together a selection of temporary fasteners.
I'll be getting some properly sized studs in due course...
The backing track is "Militaire Electronic" by Kevin MacLeod
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0.
OLDSMOBILE 455 W-43 EXPERIMENTAL HEMI AND OTHER EXOTIC ENGINES - THE JOHN BELTZ YEARS PHOTO TRIBUTE
John Beltz was Oldsmobile's chief engineer in 1964 and one of the prime
movers of the Toronado and 442 project. Beltz was promoted to Oldsmobile
general manager at age 43 in 1969 when Harold N. Metzel retired. Beltz
passed away in May of 1972 from cancer at the age of 46.
John Beltz is leaning on a dual fan 455 Olds and posing with other
experimental Olds engines that never saw production.
Here are descriptions of these engines:
1. The 0W-43 all aluminum 455 with 4 valve per cylinders, four overhead cam
Weber engine. With a redline of just under 8,500rpm it was originally
conceived for CAN AM racing. At 3,000rpm it put out 300hp and at 6,000rpm
registered over 600hp. The top output recorded for this engine in the
Lansing Dyno facility
was 700 real hp at 6,800rpm. Tests were run with both carbueration and fuel
injection. The block was cast from Reynolds 356 alloy and fitted with
pressed-in dry steel cylinder liners for the Forged-True 12.20to 1 pistons.
Billet steel connecting rods by Carillo was used along with a forged steel
crank. The engine weighed in at 50 pounds lighter than the production 455
motor! It was developed at the same time as the ZL-1 Chevy 427 motor.
2. The W-43 4 valve per cylinder 455 developed by JOHN BELTZ , LLOYD GILL ,
JOE JONES AND FRANK BALL. Rated at 500-550hp with a single Rochester
Quadrajet on an aluminum manifold. Constructed with both cast iron heads
and block and with aluminum-alloy block and heads 75 pounds lighter than
the conventional 455 production engine. Engine featured four valves per
cylinder with narrowed angles for a super efficient combustion chamber
design, central spark plugs and could easily be adapted for chain for gear
driven overhead camshafts. 455 engine had 4.625inch cylinder centers, a
4.125 bore and 4.250 stroke. Making use of the 3inch main bearings and 2.50
inch rod journals, the engine was fitted with a specially prepared cast
crank fitted with SAE-1140 forged steel rods, forged 10.20-to-1 pistons
which rode on Morraine 400 bearings. Four bolt main block boasted 2
additional 5/8inch drain holes. Four valve heads featured 1.750inch intake
valves (SAE-8640 steel) with 22 degree stems and 1.375 Exhaust (214-N stainless steel) with 15 degree
stems, special Stellite seats, bronze alloy guides, o ring plug tubes, 14mm
spark plugs, 3/8 inch pushrods and aluminum rocker arms. (Of all the
experimental Olds engines, this one came the closest to production and
there are photos of this engine in street gear. MAY 71 HOT ROD MAGAZINE
features some of these engines and the sadness of the Olds engineers of
that time of how they would never be released.)
3. 455 dual turbocharged CAN AM ROCKET
CHALLENGE. 659hp @ 6250rpm. 554lbs torque @ 6,250 rpm. Alloy block with 4
bolt mains. Forged steel crankshaft. Forged True pistons with 8.5 to 1
compression. 3inch main journals. 2.499inch rod journals. Carillo billet
steel rods. alloy heads. 2inch intake valves. 1.625inch Exhaust valves. Crower roller camshaft with
555inch lift and 320 degrees duration. Dual TRW-375-E-10 turbochargers with Boost Wastegate 10and 1/2psi. Lucas fuel
injection. Olds alloy intake.
Competed with big block Chevy Mclarens and Porsche Panzers in CAN AM racing
This video is merely a couple of old magazine pages strung together with
the exception of that blue 455 hemi which was found on the internet. Thats
BRUCE MCLAREN in that green can am race car which is Olds powered. AT THE
BEGINNING OF THE VIDEO JOHN BELTZ IS POSING WITH SOME ENGINES FEATURED IN
THE JULY 1969 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE AND THE BLUE OLDSMOBILE 455 HEMI
WAS FEATURED IN THE MAY 1971 ISSUE OF HOT ROD MAGAZINE. The incidental
music I overlayed onto this video was muted by youtube.
1979 Malibu with Pypes exhaust kit
Video of my 79' Malibu idling then revving the engine. Engine is a 355
small block, specs unknown. Hooker Competition SBC headers. Edelbrock 2101
intake. Pypes 2.5" dual mandrel bent Exhaust with x-pipe. This was before we added
the vacuum cannister.
Pontiac 400 idling on dyno right after break in session
A Pontiac 400 bored .030" over so now a 406 with comp cams extreme energy
hydraulic cam and lifters, roller timing chain and roller rockers.
Lightened and balanced Scat crank. Ignition upgraded to MSD HEI with Accel
8.8 mm sprial core wires. 6X-4 heads ported and port matched to ported
factory dual plane intake manifold. Factory 750 CFM Quadrajet reworked by
Cliff Ruggles performance.
87 Built Camaro
this is my 87 Camaro
its been built up for dragging
front and rear fenders arent steel, they're lightened for less weight
battery located in trunk... 350 engine with lunisti cams a nice quadrajet
k & N filtercharger, full MSD ignition set at 7 advanced multiple sparks
some custom tachs , 5 speed hurst shifter
this shit is fast and I love it, 3rd gen Camaros all the way
New quadrajet set up
New air-gap manifold and custom/rebuilt q-jet. Sounds good but I still need
to set the timing on the distributor and the carb is tuned already. Hope
you like, nothing to fancy just a few revs and walk around...the Exhaust is true dual no x/h pipe and it has
cherry bomb glasspacks(3 inch)
Most relaxing sound for men - Old-School American V8 Corvette C3 1979 (Stingray)
Includes Cold engine idle, warm idle and a bit of revving to about 4500
RPM. I decided to create this video since my Vette now sounds quite loud
thanks to the Cherrybomb glasspack Exhaust and removal of the catalyst. The Exhaust is basically stock. I think this is
one of the most relaxing sounds for men who are into cars and machines :)
Engine: 5.7 L (350 cid) V8 L-48
Transmission: Warner 4-Speed Manual
My Corvette is generally in very good condition and it has already been
restored once in USA some years before it arrived in our country. I got the
car in a state where the exterior + drivetrain were fine, but the interior
needed new carpet, some painting and several other components in order to
look great. I'm now pretty much done with the interior. The engine used to
have issues but those were mostly external (bad thermostat housing, bad
spark plug wires etc.). By now the engine is a pleasure to drive, but the
Rochester Quadrajet carburetor has hard time keeping the pre-selected idle
speed and sometimes wants to hold it higher, then lower. It might be also
some extra fuel leaking in from somewhere occasionally. There used to be
some vacuum leaks but I've taken care of them. Perhaps I will replace the
intake + carb with an Edelbrock setup for next driving season. The engine
compression has been measured recently and the results were perfect for all
NB! We will soon try to film the Vette from another car when driving on a
motorway. I'm hoping to get some good footage that way.
For more information and work history on my Corvette, Suburban and ex-Jeep
Grand Cherokee, please visit my blog at http://www.georgescarblog.com .