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Car Show / Swap Meet / Poker Run Time again!

By Crazyfast79TA

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It's something all the car folks around here look forward to. It used to be put on by the 2 car clubs in town but one dropped out because the members are getting too old to do all the work. The city stepped in to keep the Sunday Show at the fairgrounds and the swap meet the entire weekend. The other club puts on a really good show (that's judged fair) and has a participant poker run after a good chicken dinner. Along the way on the poker run they have stops where you receive cards that you trade in for a poker hand. There is also spots along the way that the hot-rodders get to show what their machine will do. It's fun if you can do a righteous burnout, not so much if you can't. I've been on the run twice and neither time could I produce smoke or put rubber on the quarters. This year I plan on changing that. When I got the car running while I was working at Northern Performance Brad used his "top-of-the-line" timing light to set the timing right on spec. Telling the truth, I never trusted a timing light. I always tuned them "by-the-seat-of-my-pants" method. It worked on my Chevelle, Monzas, and S-10. The engine runs okay it just doesn't have any guts to it. I've got a week and a half to get something figured out without taking the car out of service on week days. If it's not timing it could be carburetor trouble. Easy fix? Maybe. I've got 2 Holley carbs in the garage. One is on my 350 that's sitting in my S-10 and the other was rebuilt years ago and used on my '72 LeMans. The one in the S-10 needs freshened up and the one that was used on the LeMans is in a zip-lock bag in the trunk or my Nova. This week-end I'm going to try them out in the T/A with the adapter plate I used on the LeMans. If they don't work I'll try a rebuild on the Q-Jet on the 400. If it's not a carb problem it must be a cam problem. If that's so, then I guess I'm stuck just going for a cruise without any burnouts.

UPDATE 7/20/14: I worked on the T/A a little today. I got the oil pressure gage hooked back up. I did a small adjustment on the carb today. It helped a little. What did more was a twist of the distributor. The adjustment I did on the carb had to be undone because the timing adjustment made it pop back thru the carb. I still have some fine tuning to do but I know I'm on the right path, I got some rubber! I got this week to get it running better than last year.

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