'77 Chevy K20: Quadrajet Choke Pull Off and Fast Idle Cam Observations
1977 Chevy K20. 350 crate engine. Rochester Quadrajet 4MV carburetor with
Truck suffers from unexplained hesitation and bogging when in forward
gears. Tends to rev just fine after a few minutes of mixed idling and high
revving. Checking choke operations as well as a possible sticky fast idle
cam as part of the process of elimination.
- Truck is allowed to idle/warm up until 2:25 mark, at which point the
engine is revved to about 2,000 rpm, and can be heard bogging (a hissing
sound can be heard). The fast idle cam is seen dropping. Fuel flow can be
seen in the glass-cased fuel filter right before the carb as remaining
- The engine is revved again about three more time up until 3:00 minute
mark. The engine revs slightly higher, but the hissing and bogging can
still be heard.
- Engine is revved again at the 3:35 mark, slightly past the 3,000 rpm
mark. Hesitation and hissing still evident, but less so than before.
- Engine revved at the 4:25 mark to about 4,000 rpm. No hesitation or
- Transmission is slowly shift through every gear starting at 4:55 mark.
Shifted back into Park at 5:05 mark.
- Engine revved again at 5:10 and 5:17 marks to 4,000 rpm. No hesitation or
hissing is heard.
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Quadrajet air leak fix and warped air horn repair tutorial.
How to identify a Quadrajet with a warped air horn without diss assembly or
running it on a car. These tips would have saved me time and money which is
why I made this video. I also discus how to repair a warped air horn and
prevent your air horn from warping in the first place. If you have a
whistling noise just off idle then you got some work to do. You will never
get your engine tuned right, your cold start performing or decent fuel
economy unless your four barrel carburetor is just right. Special thanks to
Cliff Ruggles for his book Rochester Quadrajet carburetors and to my
brother Adrian who spent hours on tuning and fitting.
See this video for description of the technique I used to straighten a
warped air horn.
here is a technique for re-bushing the throttle shaft without drilling.
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.
Carburetor Electric & Manual Choke Tuning - Summit Racing Quick Flicks
Norm covers the basics of how to start a carbureted vehicle on a cold
morning with either a manual choke or electronic choke. Learn the
differences between an electronic and manual choke and how to properly find
the right choke position.
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