About the automatic choke comment. I have to respectfully disagree. The choke
has problems, mostly because during a rebuild those who rebuild them do not
the choke pull offs, the little vacuum thingy with a vacuum hose attached. It is
not uncommon to have faulty vacuum motors, choke pull offs and other vacuum
operated controls. Having the vacuum hoses routed correctly and in good
is important and often overlooked a lot. One of those "el cheapo" FLAPS or
Craftsman hand actuated vacuum pump works great or even run temporally a vacuum
source from the engine to each vacuum device will test it. I guess what I am
saying is be sure everything works that came on the carb and you will fall in
love with the best ever built carb. Another thing that plagues the Q-jet are
incorrectly bent linkage rods. People love to tweak them even if they are not
meant to be bent. I have been guilty of this a time or two.
HP Books has a book on Rochester carbs. it includes the Q-Jets, Vari_jets and
old one barrel carbs and more. Its a good book explaining how to change jets and
metering rods and hanger to work together. And how to fix a few flaws in its
design like leaky fuel well plugs.
B&A Kettunen wrote:
> I have a 57 3200. That 8 foot box is sure handy for a working truck.
> IMHO, if you're in this for the investment, you're in the wrong hobby. If
> it appeals to you, go ahead with it. I sure like mine. I also think the
> proportions of the truck seem to work out better, though it could be that
> we are so used to seeing 9 ft boxes on most modern short cab trucks.
> If you'r happy with the quadrajet, and you get great mileage, keep it.
> They are easy to rebuild if they need it and seem to be reliable. The only
> weak spot is the auto choke, which never seems to work. Mine has a manual
> conversion which works just fine. I have a different engine, though.
> If the water pump fits otherwise, go ahead and try it. I doubt it will
> generate enough pressure to blow the heater core as long as you have the
> recommended 6 or 7 PSI cap on the stock radiator. The radiator seems to be
> the weaker of the two, and the core is nearly impossible to patch, from
> what I've been told.
> Bruce Kettunen
> Mt. Iron, MN
> >hi all,
> >my '57 is a long bed,. its a 3200 and has the longest of the 3 bed lengths
> >that were produced then, also, i have a quadrajet on my 355. most everyone i
> >know who is into cars and such says long beds arent worth anything. has
> >anyone else had people tell them this? why? personally, i like the long beds
> >a LOT more than the shorties,. theyre good, but the long beds look more
> >proportional to the length of the cab.
> >most people i know also say quadrajets are "quadrapukes" and "quadratoilets"
> >why? mine works perfectly, even having never been rebuild, i get 20mpg on
> >mid grade gas, and theres still plenty of power in it. whats so bad with
> >one last question,.. will a '70s 350 water pump create too much presure for
> >a stock heater core? i have my original to truck, non-leaking, non-corroded
> >heater core, and am wondering if i could hook it up straight to my water
> >pump, of if i should put something in the feed line to keep pressure down.
> >Brian M
> >Atwater, CA
> >'57 Chevy 3200
> >'55 Chevy 6400 (comming soon)
> >'00 Dodge Neon
> >oletrucks is devoted to Chevy and GM trucks built between 1941 and 1959
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