Join Date: Aug 1998
Location: Waldorf Md. USA
The proper procedure for starting the car is to press the accelerator to the floor all the way once. This allows the choke to close. It should be totally closed at this point. If the carb is worn some, you may have to floor it a couple of times to get a good shot of fuel from the accelerator pump. Once you do this, just crank it with your foot off the pedal. If everything is working properly, the engine should start and come up to a fast idle. Once the choke warms up, it will open and the idle will drop. If you are following this procedure and the car still wont start after sitting overnight, there could be a problem with the carb. Q-jets are known to develop a leak in the base that allows the fuel to slowly leak out overnight, making for a lot of cranking first thing in the AM.
Try the procedure and see how it works, keep in mind that you may even have to "play" with the gas pedal a bit when it first starts to keep pumping a bit of fuel in, carbs are not as sophisticated as Fuel Injection, but actually work pretty good when they are working right.
Hope this helps,
Advanced Automotive Machine