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 2
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
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.
Identifying Quadrajet vacuum ports
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 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.
How to measure and adjust Quadrajet float level
I have had several requests for this, so here you go:
1. The airhorn has to be removed to do this, but the carburetor does not
have to be removed from the engine.
2. Some data says to measure from the toe(end that is opposite from the
hinge), some say 5/16 inward from the end, etc. I suggest following the
specs for your particular carburetor.
3. With the float in the raised position and the inlet needle lightly
seated, measure from the top of the float to the top edge of the carburetor
with NO gasket in place. If you have to adjust the float, bend at the area
that has the cutouts,
4, If you are experiencing flooding issues then it is an excellent time to
install a new needle/seat and float and that should cure flooding problems
that are not choke-related.
Decoding a Rochester Quadrajet part 1: The name
Rochester Quadrajets tend to mystify people because of the various model
names assigned to them by GM.
Add to that a redesign in the '70s and the confusion only grows.
In this video we'll learn the different model names and also how to
differentiate between early and later-model Qjets. Enjoy!
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