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Old 04-14-2012, 11:50 AM   #169
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It really IS a crate! Can't wait to read about how it's doing for you! Should take about just a day to put it in?
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Old 04-14-2012, 11:31 PM   #170
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If you read around the Internet on car/truck sites some of these guys could do that during their lunch break . . after they finish eating.
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:11 AM   #171
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The guy that I grew up across the street from is doing this now. It was a bit of a gear head rodeo town, I miss it.
That is a cool dragster. "Blown Money" Sounds like some projects I know
I grew up on a farm in Iowa. My neighbor kid was four miles away and he is an accountant in Minneapolis now. The town you grew up in sounds like fun!
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Old 04-15-2012, 08:12 AM   #172
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If you read around the Internet on car/truck sites some of these guys could do that during their lunch break . . after they finish eating.
I'd just like it to be done the right way with care and quality. Not speed and sloppiness.
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We all like projects

Just kidding you.... for reference sake, (and contributing to my wife thinking I'm crazy), bought a '68 Dodge Powerwagon.... Not sure what I was thinking!! But, need a(nother!) project like a hole in my head.
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I got it back and started driving it everywhere I could to get it broken in.
Everything was going fine, except it needed some good tuning by someone that knows how to tune a Rochester Q-Jet. I took it back to Centex Truck and Trailer for the first oil change and have them do some tuning. When I got it back the next day, it was running better, but not really good enough. They did the oil change, replaced the brake master cylinder and put on new plug wires, cap and rotor. I drove away and it started burning up what I thought was some residual oil from the oil change. Well, by the time I got back to the house, oil was everywhere. I had hoped that it was a loose drain plug, oil filter or something. Nope. I took off the torque converter cover and it was full of oil.
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I could see it was leaking from the rear of the oil pan gasket under the rear main seal. I tightened the bolts on the rear of the oil pan and it slowed it down some, but it was a steady drop every 120 seconds at idle.
I went back to Centex Truck and Trailer, but since I provided the parts, they weren't going to touch it. I called Scoggin Dickey and they told me that I needed to take it to a GM dealer for a warranty repair. The engine has a three year 100,00 mile warranty. I called a few of the dealers around here and they couldn't get it in to look at as fast as I wanted. This was on a Tuesday and I planned to tow to the Lonestar VAC on Thursday. Hmmm. I decided to tow up to Decatur with an oil leak and milk her along. On the tow there, it was over 90 degrees and the truck was really struggling. Getting hot, not running right, low power, leaking oil...
We made it to the campout and had an awesome time.
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The tow home was better, but still not too great. It was very hot and windy. We got 9.5 MPG towing. Not too bad, but only going 45-55 most of the time.

I took the truck to Connell Chevrolet in Killeen to get the oil leak fixed on Monday. They called me on Thursday that it was ready. I went to pick it up and it was still leaking. From a different place, but still leaking. So then it became a blame game between all the parties involved for a while. So I asked the service manager why the tech would write "cleaned area and verified no leaks were present after repairs were made" if he was anything other than a liar. It seems that there was a plastic shipping plug on the right side of the block that was supposed to have a metal plug installed as it isn't used on older trucks. Interesting that it lasted in there for 700 miles then came out when at the Chevy dealer. Yesterday, they put a plug in it and I went and picked it up. No more leaks from the new engine.
I was talking with my friend Paul at Heights Lumber and he asked me how the new motor was. I told him the whole story and he said, "Oh yeah? When Mr. Curtis (The owner of Heights Lumber) put a new GM crate motor in his old Chevy pick up it was leaking from the same place!" I asked why he failed to tell me this little tidbit of information when he recommended I get a new GM crate engine. I guess he forgot that little detail. Oh well. Always learning...
I still need to find a good Q-Jet tuner around here.
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Bummer Lance.

At least it was taken care of in the end. Now get out to many rally and camping trips this summer.

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Ah the infamous Quadrajet, I put one on my Willys Wagon small block Chevy. I screwed with it constantly to get it to preform and finally ditched it and put on a Holly, and all my issues dissapeared
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I think the classic pejorative was "Quadrajunk" no?
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Bummer Lance.

At least it was taken care of in the end. Now get out to many rally and camping trips this summer.

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Thanks Steve. Fortunately, we won't be towing Abby with the truck for a while. Maybe if I can get away to the RMVAC rally in Gunnison...
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Hmm that sounds like an option..
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I think the classic pejorative was "Quadrajunk" no?
Yes I hear that term often. When I google "Quadrajunk" pages and pages of how to tune or what to replace a Q-Jet with appear. Maybe I should ho with the fuel injection unit that Rednax suggested.
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Old 05-06-2012, 09:59 AM   #179
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Wish you would have come by last week....we could have fixed up that carburation problem.
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The QuadraJet is one great carb. Nothing else close except the barely better ThermoQuad . . but it takes little from the ham-fisted and sausage-fingered to f'em up. Mainly the choke.

Doug Roe's book is great. But too many years for me (about ten) since I searched for rods, etc to get mine dialled in to know who to recommend. It'll be someone in Dallas or Houston that still remembers, and that has had enough customers to keep things alive. Check with car clubs, especially the Vette nuts who are into all original.

The Barry Grant Road Demon, Jr would be my second choice if I could have Don at FBO Systems set it up. Remember all the spec questions above? That and some more is what is needed to get fuel and ignition delivery dead-right. Throwing parts at something without knowing how to tune it all is the bane of the weekender enthusiast.

If you can confirm that the QJet you have was spec'd for a truck like yours (even where oversize tires throw off the tuning) it's what I would stick with.
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Thanks Rednax. I knew you would weigh in with some good advice.
I think I have found a local performance tuner that is up to the task. An old man named Willy. He was recommended by three different hot rodders around here.
I have read your previous post many times.
I'm wondering if I can bypass the Gear Vendors OD to move closer to the power band at 60mph. Shorter tires would help too. It just needs some tweaks for towing. It runs and drives fine in loaded.
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Forget about that carb, what's cookin in that dutch oven?
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