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Patrick, an off idle question. 4160 on my '67 'Vette. Car starts great, runs great, idles great, but even a modestly brisk touch of the accelerator pedal and the car dies. So off idle response is zip. Correct squirter is a 26, I think. Moving to a 31 didn't help. can't recall the color of the cam, nor what is called for (it's a list 3180...and Holley tech couldn't tell me what cam was correct). I think the issue is the cam, but could this be a float issue or timing?
I need to confirm that the advance weights are moving, but the "pump shot" is good (even tried a new a/p diaphragm). Any thoughts? thanx. steve
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It's not a float issue. Pull the distributor cap off and inspect the springs and weights, then put a timing light on your marks and watch the movement of the marks as you rev the engine up to 3000 or so. The curve, of course, is based on the spring choice but you should be able to see the marks move smoothly up to a total of 34 to 36. I don't think it's a timing issue though. How do you know your pump shot is working well? Have you put some towels under the squirter, so you're not just dumping fuel down the carb, and then, by hand with the engine off, give several pumps on the throttle linkage and see the gas squirt out with your own two eyes. Do that several times and see if you can get a "dry pump." All pumps should be nice and "streamy" until your float bowl is empty, which is a whole lot of gas. Now, remember, you're working on a cold engine. An imaginative solution would be an accelerator pump diaphragm that only fails to hold pressure when it gets hot. A little GoPro zip-tied to show what your squirts look like while actually driving would disclose that goofy scenario. My money is on a failure to squirt properly.
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Before I even thought about disassembling the carb, I would switch the one on the Cobra over to the Vette and take her for a quick ride. If the problem vanished, then I'd be pretty sure it was a carb problem.
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Patrick, an off idle question. 4160 on my '67 'Vette. Car starts great, runs great, idles great, but even a modestly brisk touch of the accelerator pedal and the car dies. So off idle response is zip. Correct squirter is a 26, I think. Moving to a 31 didn't help. can't recall the color of the cam, nor what is called for (it's a list 3180...and Holley tech couldn't tell me what cam was correct). I think the issue is the cam, but could this be a float issue or timing?
I need to confirm that the advance weights are moving, but the "pump shot" is good (even tried a new a/p diaphragm). Any thoughts? thanx. steve
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Perhaps your list number is a 3810 not 3180, since 3180 does not exist?

A list 3810 is a 585 cfm 4160, runs a 65 main, 25 pump, a purple sec spring, similar to the average list 1850 600 cfm with a 66 main, 25 pump, and plain sec spring.

Alas I can't tell you the cam yours should have, but most 600s come with a white cam.

Although this pic shows a red cam:

http://www.chicagocorvette.net/item....m=7232&rc=1437

And this one is also red:

https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/67-Corve...oAAMXQMTlRcPsX

So looks like Red could be correct, but run the smallest pump cam that gives throttle response with no flatspot. White is 17cc or 19.5cc, Red is 18.5cc or 20cc.

You could have some seizing advance weights.

Verify the float levels are correct, then a timing light on the balancer to check the advance is happening from say 1100 rpm up.

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Very nice, thank you
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thanx guys for all of the advice. will try to get to it tomorrow. thanx again. steve
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oh yeah...Gary, pardon my (recurrent) dyslexia, yes, 3810, not 3180
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thanx guys for all of the advice. will try to get to it tomorrow. thanx again. steve
No, you should do it today. We're not sure you're working hard enough; yep, we think you're just goofing off.
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ah jeez Patrick, i was hopin' to get lucky today. s
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OK, did manage to get out there a bit today...

watching the pump shot while my helper stomped the pedal, shows a great squirt X 5 or so. no failures, no dry pumps. plenty of fuel. Orange cam with screw in #2 slot. Base timing was 2 and should have been 10 BTDC. So, I actually set it at 12, but may go back to 10. Not suer why the timing was so retarded. let me drive her and see how we do, and i'll post the list. thanx again. s
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Base timing was 2 and should have been 10 BTDC.
Hmmm, must have been elves. They sneak in to garages at night and monkey with the carb settings, goof around with timing settings, loosen bolts, and perform other automotive mischief. I've actually sat up at night to try and catch them, but they're very clever and somehow know if you're waiting for them. One day I'll catch them though and then they'll pay....
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i've never caught them either, but am sure they were sent by my ex. s
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Sounds like the timing has been retarding over time since last set.
Does happen with many distributors, especially if driving an oil pump.
Need to make sure the clamping actually works when the bolt is tightened.
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thanx Gary, let me drive the car and see how she does. I'm not sure why the timing swung to retarded, but i'll post the list. again, i appreciate your help. s
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thanx Gary, let me drive the car and see how she does. I'm not sure why the timing swung to retarded, but i'll post the list. again, i appreciate your help. s
Maybe your ex snuck back in your garage and turned the distributor back. Nothing says "I love you" like a hole in the top of the piston....
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well, she ain't that bright for one thing. more likely to know what a distribution center is than a distributor. s
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OK, took the car out this AM...timing at 12. Started fine, but almost immediately, I had the sense that the car had a low/mod't flat spot or miss. Didn't feel like that when I drove the car on Thrs, at 2. Got to my destination and on my way home the car ran like feces. Without a detailed description of my fear, let me say that the trip down the freeway was probably the most frightening I've ever had...rivaling a complete alternator failure on the same freeway, at rush hour. We're talking Houston here, not Kankakee. The last 4 miles were characterized by surging, lurching and bucking with the car never reaching more than 1500 RPMS and dying twice, once on a narrow shoulder, once on a safe street nearer home. In both instances, the car fired right up and revved freely (without load) to 4-5K.

My first thought was that this was a bad coil, and do I went to my FLAPS and replacement yielded a very nice ride with no drama...better on the acceleration from a light, but I would say not perfect. The vacuum advance works as it should, the weights are not easily visible, but the car's timing advances under the timing light. Carb dry as a bone, no smell of excess fuel. Dizzy cap perfect, ditto the rotor. All plug wires light up with a test light. Excellent pump shot as before.

I guess it could be a fuel pump as well. So, now I have two problems, or maybe none....the original issue of "off idle death", clearly better now and the risk of my own death on the 610 loop from a near complete failure. s
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I would feel better if we could confirm our measuring marks. Eight or nine years ago, I spun my harmonic balancer inside the ring. Right after I did it, I was hearing a funny "clang," like a bell ringing, and when I put my timing light on the marks they were absolutely crazy. For a moment, I was absolutely dumbfounded, because what I was seeing was impossible. Then I took a step back and figured it out. I think you should use a TDC finder, a piston stop, in your spark plug hole, and just double check that your timing marks are indeed accurate.
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i actually thought of that, but dismissed it as a "Zebra". probably on my list. 30-40% chance of rain tomorrow, so may have to drive the p/u to work, if not i'll drive the car and check it out. thanx. s
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