The consensus is that I'm crazy and that the holes are for the stock roll
bar. Crazy I can accept, the holes thing, I don't know. ;)
Anyways, I checked the timing when I got home - it had slipped a bit. I
hadn't tightened the hold-down bolt enough. The car then proceeded to run
out of gas while sitting in the garage. I put enough in from a gas can to
get to the gas station and also checked the carbs with the little push-up
pins. When pushed up on either carb the engine smooths out at a higher rpm.
Just in the short drive to the gas station I noticed a large increase in
power at lower rpms. Filled up, and went out for a test drive. Much, much
better. No pinging, more power, very nice. This is how I remember it running
15 years ago. I hopped on the highway and drove a couple of miles at about
80mph (since this is Michigan I was being passed anyways). After I got off
the highway engine performance was vastly different and much worse than
before. It made a puttering type noise while trying to accelerate instead of
the normal engine roar. I drove back home with a big pickup right on my tail
and checked the timing again - it hadn't changed. Thinking I had set it
backwards (using the opposite mark for TDC), I reset it. Ran like #$&^%. I
set it back again and it still ran poorly with the occasional backfire. At
this point I gave up.
I think that either I've got the timing all ass-backwards, or the gas
stirred up some sediment.
All the above was written yesterday - crazy day at the office so I couldn't
send it. I did research on timing and distributors on the list archives
today and I'm going to check to see where the pointer marks the timing at
with piston #1 at the top. I'm thinking it's not gas now because I'm getting
BTW, I'm going to look at a couple of Roadsters after work tonight, one is a
68 2000, no engine, trans, or carbs, the other is a 70 1600, body off but
sitting on car.
From: John F Sandhoff [mailto:email@example.com]
Sent: Monday, August 14, 2000 4:57 PM
To: Mitch Planck
Subject: Roll bars, Timing and Carbs (was: bolt holes)
> I was doing some cleaning on my car this weekend and noticed some odd
> on the rear package deck and behind both seats. I'm thinking that these
> bolt holes for a street bar.
Yes, factory mounting points for the factory roll bar.
A couple other comments after reading your web site commentary:
Some people recommend against Armor All, preferring products like
STP that tend to not destroy the underlying foam padding over time.
YMMV and if any Armor All lawyers are reading this, I am just repeating
what I've read elsewhere!
MOST IMPORTANTLY, you mention 'valve clatter' under heavy load. That
noise is the sound of your ENGINE BEING DESTROYED by pre-ignition
i.e. pinging. Your timing is too far advanced. Back it off 'til the noise
away, alternatively start saving up to replace the piston you'll ultimately
burn a hole in :-)
As an aside, since you're twiddling the carbs rather than tuning them (a
minor distinction), keep in mind that if they aren't somewhat in balance,
you can easily be running a pair of cylinders too lean without knowing it.
See above paragraph in regards to saving for new pistons :-) My unisyn
and I don't get along too well, so I use the 'heater hose' technique. Also,
there's a lift pin on each carb that'll raise the piston (underneath side
near the air cleaner. With small hands and some contortion, you can get
to them with the airbox attached). Press one up to raise that carb's
piston and disable it. If the car stalls, the OTHER carb is set too lean.
Oh, add a :-) or two if I sound too serious...
John F Sandhoff firstname.lastname@example.org Sacramento, CA