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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 04, 07:39 AM Thread Starter
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I'm rebuilding my Holley 4053 carb. The finish on the carb and base plate is ruined. Any input on how to get back the original looking finish? They don't really sell good stuff any more due to all the EPA regulations. Any other 4053/4150 rebuilders out there - any tips that may help me save time and avoid blunders? Any and all feedback is always welcome. Thanks, SooperDave

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 28th, 04, 09:54 AM
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I've heard that Year One offers an excellent rebuild and restoration service directly through Holley themselves. You may want to give them a call.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 29th, 04, 12:30 AM
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I had my carb rebuilt, all small parts replated, and the carb redyed, all for $150. The guy sent it out somewhere for redye. BTW, the base plate does not get redyed, just the body and bowls.
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I had to replace my baseplate because my 4053 had a replacement baseplate. Does anyone restore just the baseplate? I don't want to ship the whole carb for fear of breakage or loss!

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old Sep 30th, 04, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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How about Eastwood's carb renew? Is this the correct color and finish for a Holley? It's a bronze type finish where I thought the natural finish was a greenish color??

The baseplate is aluminum so I'll just clean that up and leave the natural finish.

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From what I've seen the eastwood looks sprayed on... I make 2 recomdations in one of the tech reference articles I did a while back... www.camaros.net/techref/articles/ftecref004.html

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Check the flatness of the main body where the metering blocks mount. Holleys are famous for warping. They should be within 0.005" or so. If not, a machinist should be able to mill them flat again for $35 or so.

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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 1st, 04, 03:39 AM Thread Starter
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From the trick kit which fuel inlet valve is the correct one for the 4053 carb? Anyone know? I'm not sure if the one in my carb was correct so it would be a good time to make sure. I did a search and can't find the info.

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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old Oct 6th, 04, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
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Well my 4053 carb is rebuilt and she's back on the car. Runs good definitely better throttle response now with the 31 squirter. Used 72/76 jets. Idle mixture is set and vacuum is right on 8 in/hg as expected. Went with two 3.5 pv's but the idle mixture still seems to be so rich (based on a smell test). Any additional advice out there on how to lean up the idle mixture?? There's no way the pv's are open at idle so I'm at a stand still now.

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Try setting the idle mixture using a vacuum gauge. Set the mixture for the highest vacuum reading, then lean the mix out until the vac just starts to drop off.

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