Pinhead63

1963 Buick Special "Pinhead"

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so i finally got off my butt and decided to start working on the special again. shes sat for a month or two because of some personal problems that made me lose interest in the hobby and a rochester 2 jet that seems to hate me. ive decided to make some changes.

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46 minutes ago, Beemon said:

That four barrel should wake it up! What size air cleaner is that? 

Im not sure its fairly small. I have a nice black edelbrock air cleaner ill use if it clears the hood.

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Heres what the coolant passages looked like when I took the intake off. Now I know why I never had any heat and why she liked to run hot at idle even with that big aluminum radiator. This is after I started to clean them out.

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Have you reinforced your headrest yet? :P

 

If the air cleaner is 10x3", you should be good to go.

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16 hours ago, Beemon said:

Have you reinforced your headrest yet? :P

 

If the air cleaner is 10x3", you should be good to go.

lol 😀 ill have to install some first to have something to reinforce.

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Well it was a busy weekend we got the Buick buttoned up and i only had to install the thermostat three times before it stopped leaking. It didnt take much and she fired up pretty easily and ran well. but for some reason after i turned her off to find a air cleaner so i could take her for a test drive when i fired her up again she ran like absolute crap. Im not sure what changed between the first and second start up.But heres some cool pics.

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Putting an Edelbrock air cleaner on a Holley carb? Something's fishy here... lol. Do you have a vacuum gauge?

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On 10/8/2018 at 11:43 PM, Beemon said:

Putting an Edelbrock air cleaner on a Holley carb? Something's fishy here... lol. Do you have a vacuum gauge?

Yeah thats the nicest air cleaner I have. I might paint it and put a Holley sticker on it. I do have a vaccum gauge

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16 minutes ago, Pinhead63 said:

Yeah thats the nicest air cleaner I have. I might paint it and put a Holley sticker on it. I do have a vaccum gauge

Any luck swapping the coil and condenser?

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The air cleaner is going to change how the air enters the carb throat, so you need to tune the carb with the air cleaner on. Use a vacuum gauge, find max vacuum with the idle bleed screws and then back off maybe half an inch of vacuum. The other way I was taught was to reduce the idle to a speed where the distributor advance weights are not advancing and tune for max rpm with a tachometer, then back off about 50 RPM for best lean condition. Readjust the idle when finished. 

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