My 1977 half ton 2wd 350ci 350 turbo automatic Chevy pickup failed smog
check as Gross Polluter. Could the numbers on the smog test point to actual
problem such as air/fuel mixture, unburnt fuel, oil consumption, bad
compression, bad cat? Or wrong timing, unburnt fuel, oil consumption around
value stem seals, worn guides, valve seating, piston rings frozen to piston,
EGR plugged, carburetor adjustment, etc or are they vague? Of course,
check of spark plugs is the first check. Check of compression is good and
within 5% on all eight cylinders. If the cat is the problem, is that caused
by the wear or mileage of engine? This engine does not have the hardened
valve seats. In need of head overhaul or complete engine overhaul?
I'm ready for a newer vehicle but hate to part with it if repairable.
Registration and insurance is cheaper than a new vehicle. A major safety
concern is the fuel tank outside of frame rails.
Mr Goodwrench is not old enough today to know what a carburetor is. I took
my 1975 Van with maximum speed problem of 20 mph, he wanted to rebuild (no
parts) or replace (no replacement available) the carburetor. I returned
home and replaced the $1 fuel filter. I can still get rebuild kits at any
local auto parts store.
Should I take it for mechanic diagnostics since there is no computer in this