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Mopar Performance Issues

  1. Triple x

    Triple x Member

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    I just purchased a 1979 dodge D150 with a 318. It's a short bed, custom. Sorry, I haven't figured out how to post up a photo. My question is this. I purchased an eldebroch intake manifold and 4 bbl combo kit from summit. The carb is a 600 series, I don't have to remove the distributor to R/R the intake do I? Also , yeah I know I'm asking alot for a new guy, are the carbs pretty much preset and if not how do I adjust it?

    The previous owner stated that the engine has been rebuilt with a little bigger cam, not sure how much bigger. He also stated that it is 4.11 gearing and has a shift kit. That's about all I know of the truck other than a 2 year old paint job and the interior is in great shape. Anyway any advise would be appreciated greatly..

    thanks,
    Greg
     
  2. fishy68

    fishy68 Tyr Fryr's Inc. FABO Gold Member

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    Greg I haven't tried just to r&r an intake, usually what I do gets more involved. But I think there should be no problem r&r'ing it without removing the dist. The carbs do come preset pretty close but they usually require fine tuning. I use a vacuum gauge to fine tune them. Just hook it up to a vacuum port that is active all the time and adjust for the highest reading then turn them in 1/8th turn each. Do this after you have warmed the engine up completely.

    If you don't have a vacuum gauge you can pick one up at Autozone or similiar parts house pretty cheap. Handy item to have.
     
  3. ramcharger

    ramcharger Dismember

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    Remove the distributor. It'll make your life so much easier. As long as you don't pull out the oil pump drive gear, the distributor can only go in two ways. Just make note of where the rotor is ponting and where the vacuum can is pointed and that should get you close enough to fire it up. Once it's running, time it with a timing light and you'll be ready to go.

    I agree with fishy regarding the idle mixture screws except I just adjust for max vacuum and leave it there. As far as any other carb adjustments on the Edelbrock (it is an Edelbrock carb, right?) I'm not your man as I'm a Holley guy, but I'm sure someone else will chime in.
     
  4. rumblefish360

    rumblefish360 so close yet so far away

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    You can go to Edelbrock.com and look up and down load and print the carbs instructions. Like said above, there pretty close OOTB. A rod and jet kit is set up for your carb number/size and at Sumitt, jegs etc......
     
  5. memike

    memike Super Moderator Staff Member FABO Gold Member

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    Glad to see you are enjoying this great site Greg, jump in and ask all you like.
    pull that dist, it is way easy.
     
  6. abodyjoe

    abodyjoe Well-Known Member

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    you probably don't have to remove the dist. but it will be allot easier with it out.. as far as the carb goes it will probably be pretty close for a 318.. you'll have to see once its running though
     
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    66dartgt Well-Known Member

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    You will need to remove the valve covers - the distributor is optional, but you'll want to be able to clean the gasket surface around that area. So, remvoing the dist will make that easier as well.
     
  8. Triple x

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    thanks ya'll. My plan is to do the swap this weekend. I work on the popping afterwards if it is still there. If it is still there then that gives me a reason to purchase a set of eldelbroch heads, cam, and lifters, etc because I'll blame it on a burnt valve. Again thanks for the help and I suppose I'll pull the dist. YOu know what is funny? I started pulling wrenches when I was about 14,but spend 96 % of the time as a diesel mechanic for cummins engine. I have been out of the wrench pulling job for about 8 years and man oh man how much I have lost.
     
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    63dartman Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to reply to this post but, I'm not very intelligent:)
     
  10. Guitar Jones

    Guitar Jones aka Angry Johnny

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    Me four. :)


    I never pull distributors to do intakes, that's for Chevy people.
     
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    4mulaSvaliant Well-Known Member

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    Lmao!
     
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    bschubarg Well-Known Member

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    What were you saying about intelligence....?
     
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