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New carburetor installed on 79 el camino

I installed a manual choke carburetor on my 79 el camino and it has been running poorly ever since. I have to pump the peddle quite a bit just to get it started and then the car smells like fuel and has white smoke out of exhaust. Do I need to install a manual choke cable in order for the car to work properly? The old carburetor had a choke thermostat mounted onto the engine that used engine temperature as a gauge. Thanks

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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    My fuel gauge is stuck on full and I was wondering if the fuel pump needs to be replaced and if so where is the fuel pump

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    My fuel gauge is stuck on full. Does this mean I have to replace the fuel pump and if so where is it.

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I am familiar with these, a manual choke carb works off of a bimetal coil in the manifold exhaust crossover on the passenger side of the intake, Make sure it is hooked up, then while the car is cold, on the rockchester carbs, use an 1/8 in drillbit to set choke. You have to loosen the three screws on the choke to set, when the choke flap, the very top one on the carb touches the drillbit, set it there and lock down screws, pump once or twice and it should start and idle, as the bimetal coil heats up it should open the top flap. if you try to accelerate before it is wam it will disconnect from the auto choke. I hope this helps if not please do not rate me at all, if it does help you fix your problem then please give me a fixya,

Posted on Dec 22, 2008

  • David Johnson
    David Johnson Dec 22, 2008

    If your carb is just made for a manual choke then yes you will have to have a choke cable, I was thing manual as mechanical, the newer cars had an electric coil to change the choke settings



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