Re: New Carburetor...
Well, it was overcast and cool this morning, so I decided to get it installed. I discovered, however, that I can't use the longer carb studs on one side (in anticipation of getting a better throttle cable/return spring bracket). So, I put the old studs back in. Then I discovered that the 90° AN fitting from the old fuel log was female (the adapter fitting that I got for the fuel pressure gauge is also female). So, off to O'Reilly I went (we have a location here that used to have a 'speed shop' section, but they took it out). Luckily, they had the union fitting that I needed.
I got it all put on, then discovered that the front return spring was catching on the idle speed screw, so off it came. I now have to find a return spring bracket for the front of the engine that I can attach to an intake bolt, so that the return spring will be straight in line with the throttle lever. If I can find a throttle stud that will fit into the smaller hole on the throttle lever, then I can utilize the large hole for the return spring in the same location I had it before. The threads on the throttle stud that I have are too big around to fit into the small hole and I don't want to drill anything on a brand new carburetor. I may try to see if I can locate a factory throttle stud, as they have smaller diameter threads.
I powered the fuel pump on - good pressure and no leaks. I started it up, warmed it up a bit, then made a couple of adjustments. I ended up putting the accelerator pump rod at the deepest setting and that took away the slight hesitation coming off of idle (you may recall the major issue I had with that with the Edelbrock 750 that I had).
I took it for a drive and it is definitely pulling harder than my Speed Demon was. I haven't noticed any bog when the secondary flap starts to open, so I am going to leave it alone for now. Depending on how it drives over the next several days, I might make another adjustment or two (step up rods/springs, or secondary air flap if necessary). But it is running pretty dang good for now.
P.S. Don't mock my engine compartment - it might make me call you mean names.