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Why can't I get a vacuum adjustment on my 800cfm Quadrajet carburetor?

1966 Pontiac 421ci engine, KRE heads, mild camshaft, Doug headers, electronic distributor module, 12 degrees initial advance, vacuum advance.

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  • George Fisher
    George Fisher Nov 10, 2014

    Thank you. I am not able to get any response from the air mixture screws on the carb at idle of 650rpm with 10 inches of vacuum.

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Check that you have the vacuum line connected to the right pipe at the base of the carby. The pipe should be at the point where the throttle butterfly touches when closed. Check that the ignition module is on the advance plate so that it can move when there is vacuum s it needs to be able to move with the vacuum action.

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  • Bill Boyd Nov 10, 2014

    The vacuum reading is too low for idle. Check that you do not have a vacuum leak in the manifold gaskets or hoses connected to it. Mixture screws adjust the fuel/air mixture and the screw that you should be adjusting is the throttle screw to close off the butterfly. Check the cam timing as I suspect that you are a tooth out. Also the carby you have stated is too big for a mild cam and all you will be doing is pouring fuel down the throat and putting the fire out for no gain in power. A 650 cmf would be plenty big enough for the cam. 850 cmf is for a extra big cam with a heavily reworked motor and special flow manifold.

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By all means tweak the distributor and adjust the idle to get your vacuum up to where it should be. At the same time have you checked the timing with a timing lite? If you have and it is bang on you may want to consider taking a look at your timing chain in the near future as it may be stretched a little. But before you do that, check your compression. hope that this helps and that you take the time to rate this information.

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if this car has a 307 with a carb it did not come out with it the 1989 fleetwood came out with a 4.5L cadilliac V8 with DFI fuel system, so i have no idea whet to tell you on the vacuum lines.

the last year cadilliac used the 5.0L (307) was in 1986, and they used 2 fuel systems so you need to know your vin# the 8th vin# will be either a Y or a 9

vin# Y


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vin# 9


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now for adjusting the carb. if it has never been adjusted before you will need to remove the carb and turn it over and remove the factory plugs over the adjusment screws then reinstall the carb and using a double D adjustment tool turn the screws out 2 turns then start turning the screws in one at a time untill the rpm drops then back back out just untill the rpm leves back out then 1/4 more this is called a lean drop carb adjustment also this carb has a mixture control unit inside the carb and it can also be adjusted but you need a dwell meter adjust the mixture control unit to 30 degress dwell on the V8 scell.

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