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Engine bogs down

I have a 85 chevy truck with a 350 and a Edelbrock carb. At first it wouldnt start, figured it was the fuel pump. Got it on and it starts fine now. Now when I reach about 30 mph it bogs down bad. Thought it might be the fuel filter, so I removed it and just ran the line back into the carb(I know its probably bad for it) but I thought that would tell me if the filter was clogged. No dice. Should I be looking for a vacuum leak?

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I would adjust the carb, then I would check the float and the needle and seat on your carb. make sure your air filter is clean. check the timing.

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