Thanks for the advice. I'll order the Haynes carburetor manual. I admit
being uncomfortable working on cars---or I should say, the purely
mechanical aspects of them. My carbs don't need rebuilding, as I think you
understand. Diagrams are fine, but you are still one step away from
observing something first-hand---the shape of the parts, the way things fit
together, etc. This may seem trivial to someone who has already taken
apart a carburetor---and perhaps it is.
As far as tuning the carbs, I suspect that the manual's instructions
pertain to relatively new cars. Most of the cars on this list probably
have over 100,000 miles on them, and I've been told that adjusting the
carbs on such vehicles requires experience. Not that I'll get any by
fiddling around with an old junk carburetor! But it was just an idea---not
for any specific purpose.
----- Original Message -----
To: Philip Haldeman <email@example.com>
Sent: Wednesday, February 02, 2000 11:44 PM
Subject: Re: Junk TR6 carburetor psychology
> > The guy says that some things go wrong that can't be fixed, such as the
jets, but that they throw those away.
> This guy is wrong. You can easily replace jets. I've done it and Apple
> Hydraulics will sell you the jets and the tool (valve guide from a
> Honda) to use.
> My advice is to get the Haynes book on ZS carbs and read it front to
> back and sideways. Highlight things, ask questions of the list, hold
> the book over your carbs as you read it, put it down for a few weeks,
> pick it up again and read it some more. Do the same with the Bentleys
> carb section. Then when you NEED to you'll have a base of knowledge to
> work on your the carbs that are on your car. It's really not that
> complicated working on them once you know what the theory is and a few
> of the tricks from the listers (e.g. installing jets). Unless you need
> practice putting screws in and out of something I think your time would
> be better spend reading about carbs than practicing on one. There's
> nothing magical to "practice" on a carb IMHO as far as rebuilding them.
> The practice part is needed more when you tune the buggers when the car
> is running, and even then all your reading will help make that
> "practice" more systematic. If you want to practice something I would
> suggest practice reading plugs so you can tell by looking at them if the
> carbs are running lean or rich or just right. Ask the junkyard guy for
> some old plugs and have him show you which is rich, lean, correct. But
> that's just my experience. I'm sure others on the list will weigh in
> with other constructive advice or maybe a junked carb.
>>Would it make sense to ask if any of you have a TR6 carburetor that's
>>been junked, but is complete? My '72 TR6 Stromberg carbs say CD-2 175 on
>>them, I believe. I don't know if there's an early and a late type, but
>>like to get the correct one. Would anybody care to just mail one to me
>> "postage and handling"? Is this a stupid question? A stupid idea?
> > --Phil Haldeman
> > firstname.lastname@example.org