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Rochester Carburetors Paperback – January 1, 1987


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HP Trade; Rev Sub edition (January 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0895863014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0895863010
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 10.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #598,200 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The step by step photos are very helpful and informative.
John Garrison
Great book, and a good addition to Cliff Rugles' "How to Rebuild and Modify Rochester Quadrajet Carburetors".
deltastar3
If you have a Rochester carb, this book tells you everything you need to know.
Robert E Meunier Jr

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By William Steck on September 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
Rebuilding a Rochester can be a little intimidating. Let's face it, you can't successfully work on something that you don't understand. If you read this book before you begin, you will understand what the function is of every part that you'll see on your Qj. If you've rebuilt a few Rochesters before and need to fine tune a Quadrajet for a performance engine, this book will answer most all of the questions that you might have.

Roe does an excellent job discussing carburetor theory. He shows clear, large photos of each carb circuit. The choke system on a Quadrajet can be very complex, so I've found myself pulling this book off the shelf time and again and using the excellent illustrations to figure out just how the linkage is supposed to go. He also included a helpful section on building for performance, and fixing idle problems associated with long duration camshafts.

This appears to be the later version of this book. Therefore, it also contains tips on rebuilding the dreaded "CCC" or feedback carb, also know as the electronic Quadrajet. The first version had more information on the 4GC and 2G carbs, but there is still some information provided on each.

I would like to point out one area that I disagree with the author about. Unless you are doing a concours restoration, avoid the 1965 - early 1967 Quadrajets. First of all, the pressure regulated fuel inlet valve (a deviation from a normal needle and seat) is unavailable. Most people won't even know what you are talking about when you mention it. A conversion kit to convert to a conventional needle and seat is included with most rebuild kits, but Roe recommends avoiding these. Secondly, it appears that the "issues in the field" that he mentions, were probably engine fires.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By JWG on April 26, 2005
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I'm like a lot of you shade tree restorers out there; not much I won't tackle, but certain things are a bit too scary to try. Rebuilding the carburetor was one of those things.

I bought this book, as well as the Haynes Rochester book just to cover my bases. If you want to try a rebuild, I'd recommend you have both books. There are some minor gaps in this book that Haynes will cover, and vice versa (for example, Haynes recommends Loc-Tite for throttle body screws, which can work loose and fall in the engine, Roe did not mention this potential issue). The Haynes book does a better job covering other Rochester carbs, including a side by side guide for rebuilding the DualJet and QuadraJet, though the side by side instructions can be confusing at times. Roe was better organized in this regard. The pictures in Roe are better, and the high quality paper makes it a little easier to read and handle as you work. If you are doing a QJet rebuild, Roe is your book

I was able to get through a QJet rebuild in a very measured, cautious six hours. The carb worked flawlessly the first time, thanks to this book.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Adam E. Taylor (ataylor@stardata.ca) on October 19, 1999
Format: Paperback
This is the single best carburetor book I have ever read! Read it cover to cover. Bought The book in '73 and am thinking of buing it again because the old one is getting a bit worn from use.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By larry a smith on July 16, 2001
Format: Paperback
After bying the Haynes manual which was fairly detailed with it's description of removal and disassembly, I found it lacking detailed information on exacly how this specific carburator works and how to get to actually meter correctly. So, I bought this book. If there is a better book with more detailed information about the Rochester carburator, than this book by Doug Roe, I haven't found it. There is although a reference in the book on setting the air bleed valve (pg95) which then refers you to the "manufacturer's idle mixture adjustment procedure" and does not tell you where that procedure may be found, so I relied on my vacuum gauge and brake jack performance test to fine tune this. Also, pictures of detailed adjustments could be larger, and details of special tools could be more clear.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Emile Vaccaro on December 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
I LOVE this book. I run Holleys and Quadrajets depending on application but for quadrajets, this book rocks. It gives superb technical information beyond just available jet sizes, such as a chart of metering rods(primary and secondary) their sizes at what part of taper and the designation letters AND the chart is build from rich to lean so it is an AWESOME tuning tool. It has a chapter on performance mods and a little bit about other rochester carbs such as the vintage 4GC, an early 4 barrel used on 50's and 60's cars and still active in nostalgia class drags. Also a short chapter on the two different type 2 barrels but mainly this book is for four barrel carbs since they have more variables to try to tune than a 1 or 2 barrel. It covers both models of the quadrajet, early and late, not including the computer feedback design quads. So, I give the book a big 2 thumbs up!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By justbs on March 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
I bought this book approximately 10 years ago on the advice of a GM tech I knew at the time. It can, quite simply, take you from frustrated, to wanting to run Qjets on every car you own. This book is regarded by many as the defining literature on quadrajets, as one can note by simply reading the reviews of other rochester books. I found the performance tuning ideas conveyed in the book are, for the most part, very do-able in the average DIY-ers garage. For those more advanced in carb tuning, there is plenty of knowledge to be garnered as well. I have no complaints about this book whatsoever and recommend it to anyone looking to either simply rebuild a rochester or tune one for HP or drag racing use. (Yes Qjets are great HP carbs, despite the reputation imposed upon them by those who have not taken the time to learn about them.)
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