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86 gl wagon 1.8
Posted 27 February 2004 - 08:05 PM
Posted 06 March 2004 - 08:26 AM
I had my '86 GL wagon (5spd 4wd) carb rebuilt by a really good shop here in Manassas VA called "Carberators Unlimited"
I called them on the phone first just for an estimate and to see if they even worked on Soobies. The dude asked me what year and then what kind of carb, Hitachi or Weber, and I said I didnt know. Hitachi's are cheaper to rebuid than Webers. He told to to pop the hood and he asked me questions while I described the carb to him.That's how great these people are to take the time like this over the phone.
Anyway it was dumpin fuel really bad, like when you'd get off a curved exit ramp on the highway and finally straigten out and accelerate a big cloud of blue smoke would come out the exhaust. Jeeze i thought it was something in the engine itself, but nope it was the carb for sure.
The Hitachi carb rebuild cost me $330 plus $175 labor but that's because I took the whole car there, not just the carb itself. This was back in the year 2000. Very expensive but well worth it since these guys know EXACTLY what they're doing. You may want to consider just replacing the carb with a new one yourself, but let me tell you, look at all the hoses and wiring and connections and then decide. I'm glad I had it done before the carb washed out the engine..Check around your town and let me know back what you find out...........CHONGO
Posted 06 March 2004 - 02:28 PM
On the flip side, I think working on carbs sucks.. Thats why all my cars are FI
Posted 06 March 2004 - 07:42 PM
You could compromise a little and still save some $$ by getting your carb professionally rebuilt, and doing the installation yourself. Pretty starightforward and simple if you mark everything.
If I were to have someone rebuild one for me, I would probably go with Kerry at CCR. I've discussed the Hitatchis with him, and he knows these carbs inside out. Don't quote me on this, but it should be in the 200-250 range if you send him your core (highly recommended).
good luck, John
Posted 06 March 2004 - 08:16 PM
Posted 06 March 2004 - 09:01 PM
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