Last night I was finishing the last steps of reassembling my engine (396). While reconnecting the fuel lines to the carb the threads of the fitting that retains the filter stripped out. Is there any hope of saving this carb???? If so how???
Tom, the threads can't be chased, they're that bad? Two options then 1.) the fugly one. I did this on a 1972 Newport Royale I drove in the Army. Ever hear of JB Weld? Yeah, I know it's ugly. The Chrysler had a fitting that the feed line then screwed into. 2.) I've got a Q sitting on my shelf I'll probably never use. I have a whopping $65 into it. It's the correct # for a 68 396 among other apps, including '70 Caddy which is what it came from. The choke linkage is different. You can email today and I'll get it out ASAP.
BTW, it's a fresh Holley rebuild.
[This message has been edited by Gene Chas (edited 07-23-99).]
At one time (when qjets were in production) this was a common problem and the auto parts stores had an oversize fitting to correct this situation. Maybe a visit to an older parts store could get one for you.
I bought a qjet at a swap meet that had this problem. To fix it someone found an expandable rubber fitting. As you tightened the nut the rubber expanded to fill any gaps. With this setup you don't need any threads, it's an interference fit. Dont' know where to buy one of these today, but I recall years ago they were avialable in parts stores.
Steve Strasemeier (70SS 396, Fathom Blue/White Stripes)
I know this is not the immediate answer, but...the major (Holley, Carb Shop, etc.) rebuilders can repair the inlet threads. I am guessing that they use a heli-coil. FWIW, my date coded, numbers matching q'jet off of my '70 SS convertible is in the same condition.
It sure does Gene. I've fixed many striped threads with J/B weld, and it doesn't look too great. My sis was with me on the computer, and asked "what's J/B weld??", I replied, "a cheap ass fix when you're too lazy to do anything else"!!
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