What he said. Go with an Edelbrock 1406 and don't look back. I don't think you have a CCC distributor, do you? If it's an HEI, you're in good shape...just carry an extra module with you. If it IS a CCC, get a used HEI and see the previous sentence. :)
Btw, I'm too tired to do a play-by-play of today at the Shootout. I'll just say that all 3 streamliners broke or blew up, One of 'em (Speed Demon) is rebuilding the drive train again and several bikes chose not to run. So it was a lotta "hurry up and wait" and moments of panic as those in charge of the course tried to keep interlopers out of the way of the racers. No more Camaro incidents, but enough minor issues, particularly with an ESPN video crew, that everyone was at each others' throats and I wasn't immune. Just wonna them daze.
Tomorrow will be better. r Quoting John Christensen <johncgg@xxxxxxxxx>:
One of the last times I took the El Camino to a repair shop for anything, I decided my time was worth more than $45 for a tune up. That was pre-header days.... now it's about an hour and a half, or $75 of my time. Anyway, I paid the $45, and got the plugs changed. That was it. It was a Computer controlled carb, and they didn't do anything to that. When I opened the distibutor cap, because it looked like the same one, the center carbon electrode had broken in half, and fell out. Obviously, the tune up didn't include a cap and rotor. I was so pissed, I don't take anything to a mechanic any more, unless, after reading about the procedure, I don't have the tools, or I have potential to do serious damage if I screw it up (Like timing belts on the Pathfinder.... I paid for that). I may farm out the A/C, but only after I can find the right parts to put hoses back on. There are missing parts after the conversion to serpentine. I found one on eBay for about $80, after I spent 20 for one at a junk yard that ended up having holes in it. I have been putting off the body mount project I am in the middle of for literally YEARS. Now I have to weld on it to get it back in shape, but the welder arrived today. It came with everything to use the CO2/Argon, except the tank. Before I spend the money right now.... on the setting inside the welder, it says to use heavier flux core for the 1/4" steel. That would mean no gas. Should I spring for the wire and hold off on the gas for the moment? Anyone with welding experience out there??? Get a Edelbrock carb from Chris and bolt it on yourself Saul. It was a piece of cake when I did it, changing from the computer to non. I had to change the distributor too, and you won't have to do that. 4 bolts and linkages, and you will be home free for 2 or 300 I think. Check it out! JC On Tue, Sep 20, 2011 at 8:12 PM, Saul Marsh <saulmarsh72@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:Hello all, Been two weeks since I sold Clustertruck, and I don't miss it as much as I thought I would. We've had some nice days that would have been great for working on cars, so if I feel like picking up a wrench I'm just gonna have to do maintenance on my new Sprint or work on the lawn mower or something. Anyway, the new Sprint (the '76 I bought in May) is in the shop, and I now remember why I don't like bringing cars to a mechanic. Just expensive. My intent was for the guy to rebuild the VIR in the A/C system, just like he had recently done to his own '76 El Camino. However, he found a few more problems and it looks like I'll be getting those fixed instead. The carburetor has a fitting that leaks and won't tighten, and might need to be replaced with a rebuilt carb. I thought the car smelled awfully bad of fuel, but Clustertruck smelled even worse so I just assumed that smelly cars is something you lived with when you drive a '70's carbureted car. Apparently not the case. I hope this helps. I also will be getting an A/C hose replaced, the system evacuated, and refilled with R-12. But I'm not quite clear on whether this means I'll be getting nice cold A/C again (of course....right as the temps have dropped where I don't need it anyway). The mechanic said the windshield defrosting in the winter could be affected if the A/C system gets too dry. I don't know. If I had more time I'd read up on it in my repair manual. For now I'm taking the guy for his word, and realizing it will be a little bit of time for me to save up money before my next repair (whatever that may be). Right now, the only thing wrong with the car is that the "ice cold" A/C is at best mediocre. When I drove it in our triple digit heat this summer, I ended up smelling bad due to sweat, on top of smelling bad due to a leaky carb. And I took the bus home today, while I leave the Sprint at the repair shop. It took an hour and a half for my normal 25-minute commute. Would love to take the bus more often, but that's just too much time. Anyway, that's all for now. Saul '76 GMC Sprint
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