LOL... I came home on December 28th and immediately popped the top on
the carb to swap the jets for smaller ones in an attempt to lean it
out. I dropped in a 350/290hp crate motor over a year ago and when the
stock Quadrajet carb made it run rough, I tossed it in favor of an
Edelbrock performer series. I have never been able to lean it out, and
only in the last few months did I get *really*
serious about figuring
out the problem.
So it was down to the jets. I pulled the old ones, replaced them with
the new ones, and put it all back together...except I forgot to
reconnect the fuel line to the carb!!! When I hit the starter, it
pumped gas all over the backside of the engine and hit the hot exhaust
pipe. It immediately went "poof" and I had a burning engine. Luckily
a woman nearby had some half-empty water bottles in her car that I used
to douse the flames with.
10 second mistake has kept my truck off the road for a month now. I
got the replacement wiring harness ready to install, hopefully I can do
it today. I got sick yesterday, but so far this morning it's just a
stuffy head, so we'll see.
You can see the damage at http://www.absolutepickens.com/K5/Damage /
The rest of it's fine, just filthy :-) It's got a good body, only a
little surface rust around the tailgate, all pretty much stock for now.
Better axles and a lift, as well as some custom body work are in its
future, but first I gotta get back on the road. Walking to work sucks!