I finally got my car running but haven’t driven it yet. The car starts from cold with full choke - I don’t touch the gas pedal. It does seem to crank a bit too long but I’m so used to modern cars that I’m probably not a good judge. The idle is smooth, no smoking, etc.
Even after I’ve let the car warm up to the normal range, I can’t push in the choke without the engine stopping. The most I can push the choke in is about a 1/4". If I go beyond that, the engine stops very quickly. It stops so quickly that once the revs start to drop, you can’t pull the choke back out quick enough to save it. I also noticed that the when I block air flow to either carb, the revs pick up. It seems like the mixture is way off - too lean?
I had the carbs rebuilt at a shop but they claimed they couldn’t set them because they couldn’t warm the car up when they had it. Fuel pump and fuel tank are also new. The pumps ticks a bit when I switch on the ignition and then stops so I’m guessing fuel flow to the carbs is not the problem.
Is there some initial starting point for carbs to be able to at least push the choke all the way in? I’m really hoping this isn’t a sign of a shoddy rebuild.
At least I’ve discovered that my electric fans come on automatically as they should. They also come on when I turn on the A/C. Even the extra dash mounted fan switch works. I’m using the old radiator and fans for now. If they go toes up, I’ll be buying the coolcat radiator and fans.