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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 00, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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I have a question. I killed my engine in my 79 Z yesterday. Let me try to describe it. First, the specs: 350, vortec heads, Edelbrock rpm intake, Holley 750 dbl-pmpr, etc. I was driving on the highway on my way to work, and everything was fine. I then noticed that I hadn't let the choke all the way out,(manual choke), so I pushed the choke lever. My first manual choke, and I hadn't driven the car in awhile, so of course I accidentally closed the choke. D'oh! I didn't figure this out until the car was broke down on the side of the road... While it was still running, it started to make loud popping noises. The more I pushed the accelerator, the more the noise. So, I didn't know what the problem was, I pulled off the road. The car ran for a bit, and then the engine just quit. After checking under the hood, I found the closed choke... Anyway, I couldn't get the car to start at all. I got a ride to work and came back 8 hrs later. I was able to get it to turn over on the 9th try. But when I put it in gear, it would barely move. I had to push the pedal all the way to the floor just to go 3 mph. Drifted it to a parking lot just off the highway, and had it towed home. Before I call a qualified individual to take it to, to be fixed. I just wanted to know if anybody here might have an idea as to what the hell I did to the engine. And if you had any suggestions to fix it. I have reasonable mechanical skills. Just a moron, sometimes.8) I think maybe I blew the carburetor, but I don't know. Any ideas or help would be appreciated. If I have to, I'll take it to a mechanic. I just wanted to save some dollars. Thank you for your time.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 00, 10:02 PM
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Sounds like fouled spark plugs, just change them.
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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 14th, 00, 11:00 PM
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I agree, it sounds like you ran the car in a rich condition for too long and gas fouled all the plugs. You can either changed the plugs or remove them and clean them in thinner to remove the fuel deposits then reinstall them to get your car running
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post #4 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 00, 02:49 AM
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Pull the oil dipstick and see if it smells like gas. Since it flooded so badly, you may need to change your oil. Just a thought-Ron.
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post #5 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 00, 05:32 AM
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Think about getting an electric choke in the future.

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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 00, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the suggestions. I'll check the plugs and the dipstick, and see what happens.
Before I get the electric choke, I might want to trade my brain in for one that works. Haha..8)
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post #7 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 15th, 00, 12:50 PM
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If the new spark plugs don't fix it (I hope they do) and the oil has a lot of gas in it, you may have wiped out the cam. This would cause the poping sound you mentioned. Pull the valve covers and turn the engine over while you watch the rocker arms. If they all don't move the same amount then you have a problem. This could be a good excuse for putting in a bigger cam!

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