This is a very detailed review and history of the Rochester carburetor. The function of the carburetor is explained in detail. I didnt know many of the functions the carburetor performs, like turning on and off the egr system and preventing timing advance till some what high rpm is achieved. Even the early sixty and seventy's carburetors are very complex pieces. If you have a classic car, its important information. The book does not include much set up or trouble shooting information , which is a loss. The reader has to understand the contents of the book and form his own opinions on problems ---- which can be very difficult. I need a trouble shooting book to help sort out different functional problems. A word to the wise ---- have a good rebuilding shop work on your carburetor. An improper rebuild can cost you your engine. Best regards.
I successfully rebuilt a Quadrajet from this book. That's not to say I didn't have my moments of frustration because the book seems to be an amalgamation of segments written at different times -- and the content on one section doesn't seem fully aware of the content in another section.
The key is to spend the time to identify your particular carburetor. Down to the last digit or number. The author will assume you know exactly which carburetor you have.
A few little things like the position of the float valve retaining clip or how useful a thin spatula is when reassembling the horn weren't very obvious but go a long way to making your life easier. "Reassemble in the reverse of disassembly" just doesn't cut it as far as I'm concerned.
I'm like a lot of you shade tree restorers out there; not much I won't tackle, but certain things are a bit too scary to try. Rebuilding the carburetor was one of those things.
I bought this book, as well as the Haynes Rochester book just to cover my bases. If you want to try a rebuild, I'd recommend you have both books. There are some minor gaps in this book that Haynes will cover, and vice versa (for example, Haynes recommends Loc-Tite for throttle body screws, which can work loose and fall in the engine, Roe did not mention this potential issue). The Haynes book does a better job covering other Rochester carbs, including a side by side guide for rebuilding the DualJet and QuadraJet, though the side by side instructions can be confusing at times. Roe was better organized in this regard. The pictures in Roe are better, and the high quality paper makes it a little easier to read and handle as you work. If you are doing a QJet rebuild, Roe is your book
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