After replacing the rear shocks on my 66 Corvair 500, I ran into some problems with the way the car runs. After a trip to a local mechanic, I was told the best course of action was replacing the carburetors. I found and purchased two nicely rebuilt Corvair carburetors on eBay. I’ll let you know if they did the job in a couple of weeks.
This afternoon, I found a good article on Corvair carburetor problems. Corvair Underground is a parts supplier that’s been around for a while. So, it’s a reputable source of information. One of the things they noted was that supposed carburetor problems often turn out to be something else.
If you still can’t solve your carb problems – then – are you sure the problem is your carbs? The fact is, over 1/2 of the carb “problems” that we hear about turn out to be something else – most often distributor problems. We always suggest checking the distributor out FIRST before you even do anything with the carbs. Bad points or condenser – worm points plates and distributor bushings are quite common and could fool you into thinking you have carb trouble.
The mechanic who worked on my car checked over the whole system. He pulled, cleaned, and gapped all the plugs, set the points, and set the carb settings. I had already replaced the cap and rotor. So, I’m thinking it probably is the carburetors. The driver’s side carb had a spring holding the butterfly valve open wide. I’m pretty sure that wasn’t the way it was designed to work! In any event, I’m looking forward to getting this car running well enough for a road trip!