The Rochester Quadrajet has gotten a bad rap over the years, but it's actually an excellent carburetor once you understand how they work.
Often referred to as "Quadrabog" or "Quadrajunk", many of the issues these units suffer stem from neglect, or "modifications" that do more harm than good.
Being a spreadbore, air-valve secondary design, the Quadrajet is capable of flowing 750 or 800 cfm of airflow, eliminating the need to buy different carburetors when your set-up changes. In addition, the small primaries make for great drivability and fuel economy.
In this clip, I'll discuss theory of operation on the secondary side, since that's where most problems arise. So, leave your preconceived notions at the door and let's see what makes these carburetors tick.
How to debog your Quadrajet part 3
In the first two videos we looked at operational theory of the Quadrajet.
In this episode we'll explore a couple mistakes the home mechanic often
makes in an effort to improve the performance of this unit.
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.
Identifying vacuum ports, late-style Quadrajet
I always see a lot of questions about what various vacuum ports do on a
Here's a general guide that will point you in the right direction.
Remember that there were many different Qjets over the years and vacuum
port locations and number will vary. This video is representative of
How to adjust carburetor mixture screws
Here's how to find and adjust the mixture screws on your carburetor.
Note that metering-block style carbs such as Holley and Demon more often
have one or 2 mixture screws in each metering block depending on the number
of venturi. Also those may not be located at the bottom of the carb as in
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.