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50Champ
10-18-2008, 05:45 PM
I tried to adjust the float on the 715S Carter one barrel on my '50 Champion and now the car barely runs and isn't driveable. Who do you guys recommend to send it to for a rebuild? Would anyone happen to have a rebuilt one they would want to sell? If so please let me know. Thanks in advance....:)

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Guido
10-18-2008, 06:44 PM
If it ran before, why not try adjusting the float back? As an alternative, I would take it to NAPA and get a kit (with the float gauge) and rebuild it yourself.

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Guido
10-18-2008, 06:44 PM
If it ran before, why not try adjusting the float back? As an alternative, I would take it to NAPA and get a kit (with the float gauge) and rebuild it yourself.

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50Champ
10-18-2008, 08:27 PM
I'm not a mechanic like a lot of you guys. I have no idea what I'm doing around a carburetor. It would be much easier for me to buy a rebuilt one or have mine rebuilt. I didn't "adjust" the float. I took it off and some other parts fell off and I put them back where I thought they went but obviously didn't do it right. I need the name of a carb rebuilder-not someone to tell me to do it myself, OK?:(:(:(

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Guido
10-18-2008, 08:36 PM
Do do not need to be a mechanic to do the rebuild, just have basic tools and the ability to follow the directions that are provided with the kit. If that is not to your liking, there are ads in the back of Turning Wheels offering rebuild services.

Parts should not have fallen off, what you may have lost is the needle valve. With that out, you would not be able to control the fuel flow. Does gas pour out now?

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BobGlasscock
10-18-2008, 08:41 PM
Come'on guys, tell him who to take it to. That's what he needs. Is Cathcart a carb guy? For some reason that name came to mind. Sometimes the help we need is to know who can fix it for us.

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BobGlasscock
10-18-2008, 08:41 PM
Come'on guys, tell him who to take it to. That's what he needs. Is Cathcart a carb guy? For some reason that name came to mind. Sometimes the help we need is to know who can fix it for us.

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rockinhawk
10-18-2008, 08:49 PM
I sent one to Daytona for r&r It stayed 2 weeks and has worked great ever since. I wonder if that would work on Me? I think the name of the place was Daytona Parts Co. NT


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rockinhawk
10-18-2008, 08:49 PM
I sent one to Daytona for r&r It stayed 2 weeks and has worked great ever since. I wonder if that would work on Me? I think the name of the place was Daytona Parts Co. NT


Neil Thornton
Hazlehurst, GA
'57 Silver Hawk
'56 Sky Hawk
'51 2R16 dump truck
Many others.
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50Champ
10-18-2008, 09:00 PM
I had to pump the gas pedal for about 3 minutes to get it to start, and then it ran really rough and is not driveable in this condition. I think there's gas leaking out of it but I don't know from where. You guys make jobs like rebuilding a carb sound really easy but that's not the case. I have an IQ well above average but when it comes to working on cars I have no clue what I'm doing. I hate to admit it but it's true. Anyway, I just want to send it to someone who is familiar with Carter one barrel carbs and have it put back together the way it's supposed to be....


I just looked through TW and found some carb repair kits and a couple of places that do repairs but no specific ads for a company that either rebuilds carbs or sells rebuilt carbs....

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PlainBrownR2
10-18-2008, 09:47 PM
This might sound very general and uninformative, but you might be able to ask T-Bow. When I go to most of the meets he always has a couple of very clean, very nice looking, rebuilt and NOS carbs (1 bbl, 2 bbl, 4 bbl, etc)on his table. He took in our head and blower so he may also provide carb service as well.

I've been there myself. I pulled apart and cleaned up the carb and distributor on the pickup. There were moments were I would stare at the pieces on the bench and wonder if all the parts I pulled out, would be accounted for when they went back. The idea though was to keep tabs on the order of the pieces , as well as to break the unit into subsections and go subsection by subsection. I also had to keep track of the switching older parts for newer parts one at a time or else I fear I would have a larger rubix cube by the end of the rebuild, than what I started with. What's funny is this will will thrill ya is I discovered with the carb, that electrolysis does not work on a majority of the carb parts. It cleaned em alright(more like roto rootered them than polish them), but it wiped the float out and marred the finish of the exterior. The exterior I couldn't do anything with. However, the float was replaced by taking a 2 bbl float and desoldiering the hinge and pin from the stocker. I then proceeded by measuring carefully where the old float sat and soldiering the 2 bbl float in place on the hinge. I then used the manual, and a piece of metal gapped for the depth of the float drop in the reservoir and put the carb back together. It's been six months and its still running great. Dun worry bout the carb, all it takes is patience. These are pretty simple devices compared to most.... [:o)]

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PlainBrownR2
10-18-2008, 09:47 PM
This might sound very general and uninformative, but you might be able to ask T-Bow. When I go to most of the meets he always has a couple of very clean, very nice looking, rebuilt and NOS carbs (1 bbl, 2 bbl, 4 bbl, etc)on his table. He took in our head and blower so he may also provide carb service as well.

I've been there myself. I pulled apart and cleaned up the carb and distributor on the pickup. There were moments were I would stare at the pieces on the bench and wonder if all the parts I pulled out, would be accounted for when they went back. The idea though was to keep tabs on the order of the pieces , as well as to break the unit into subsections and go subsection by subsection. I also had to keep track of the switching older parts for newer parts one at a time or else I fear I would have a larger rubix cube by the end of the rebuild, than what I started with. What's funny is this will will thrill ya is I discovered with the carb, that electrolysis does not work on a majority of the carb parts. It cleaned em alright(more like roto rootered them than polish them), but it wiped the float out and marred the finish of the exterior. The exterior I couldn't do anything with. However, the float was replaced by taking a 2 bbl float and desoldiering the hinge and pin from the stocker. I then proceeded by measuring carefully where the old float sat and soldiering the 2 bbl float in place on the hinge. I then used the manual, and a piece of metal gapped for the depth of the float drop in the reservoir and put the carb back together. It's been six months and its still running great. Dun worry bout the carb, all it takes is patience. These are pretty simple devices compared to most.... [:o)]

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dong
10-18-2008, 10:03 PM
I have a 51 Champion and had trouble getting it to run right. I sent the carb to Bill Carthcart. He sent it back and that problem was solved. I can highly recommend his service. His number is in Turning Wheels.

Don

41 Frank
10-18-2008, 10:18 PM
Dave Thibeault (978)897-3158. Send your carb to him after calling him and it will come back like new. He may also have one ready to go, just exchange with him. Dave lives in the Boston area, he has an ad in the business card file in TW.

Frank van Doorn
1962 GT Hawk 4 speed
1963 Daytona Conv
1941 Champion R-2 Rod

41 Frank
10-18-2008, 10:18 PM
Dave Thibeault (978)897-3158. Send your carb to him after calling him and it will come back like new. He may also have one ready to go, just exchange with him. Dave lives in the Boston area, he has an ad in the business card file in TW.

Frank van Doorn
1962 GT Hawk 4 speed
1963 Daytona Conv
1941 Champion R-2 Rod

50Champ
10-18-2008, 11:06 PM
What should I expect to pay to have it rebuilt? I'll contact both of those guys and see who is cheaper. Thanks....:)

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Anne F. Goodman
10-18-2008, 11:15 PM
I feel your pain as to taking the Carburetor apart. I am always bringing something home that doesn't work and I try to take it apart. Most of the time I get lucky a little cleaning then back together all is well. But sometimes when I take it apart things just explode stuff flies everywhere don't know where it goes don't know where it came from. And poor ol' David gets to figure it out and put the pieces back together.

Mabel 1949 Champion
1957 Silverhawk
1955 Champion 4Dr.Regal
Gus 1958 Transtar
1955 President State
1957 Golden Hawk
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Mark57
10-19-2008, 12:32 AM
These guys are real pros:

http://www.carburetor.ca/

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

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Mark57
10-19-2008, 12:32 AM
These guys are real pros:

http://www.carburetor.ca/

<h5>Mark
'57 Transtar Deluxe
Vancouver Island

Are you planning to attend the NW Overdrive Tour in Parksville, BC
May 23 & 24, 2009?</h5>
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Flashback
10-19-2008, 01:25 AM
It looks as cost might be an issue. I can associate with
that. If it is then I will help. Send me the carb, and I
will build it for you and it's free, just cost you if I
need any parts, and the shipping. Let me know.

Tex E. Grier
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Flashback
10-19-2008, 01:25 AM
It looks as cost might be an issue. I can associate with
that. If it is then I will help. Send me the carb, and I
will build it for you and it's free, just cost you if I
need any parts, and the shipping. Let me know.

Tex E. Grier
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Laemmle
10-19-2008, 03:28 AM
Money should be secondary.......workmanship and quality are the most important aspect.




quote:Originally posted by 50Champ

What should I expect to pay to have it rebuilt? I'll contact both of those guys and see who is cheaper. Thanks....:)

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Laemmle
10-19-2008, 03:28 AM
Money should be secondary.......workmanship and quality are the most important aspect.




quote:Originally posted by 50Champ

What should I expect to pay to have it rebuilt? I'll contact both of those guys and see who is cheaper. Thanks....:)

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1950 Champion 2 Dr. Sedan

50Champ
10-19-2008, 07:56 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Laemmle

Money should be secondary.......workmanship and quality are the most important aspect.
[quote]

That sounds like something a rich guy would say. :D

I'm going to send it to Tex and have him take a look at it and I'm going to give him a few bucks for his trouble. I don't even know him and I certainly don't expect him to fix it for free but I do appreciate his very generous offer....:):):)



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50Champ
10-19-2008, 07:56 AM
[quote]Originally posted by Laemmle

Money should be secondary.......workmanship and quality are the most important aspect.
[quote]

That sounds like something a rich guy would say. :D

I'm going to send it to Tex and have him take a look at it and I'm going to give him a few bucks for his trouble. I don't even know him and I certainly don't expect him to fix it for free but I do appreciate his very generous offer....:):):)



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barnlark
10-19-2008, 08:28 AM
Dave, if you just ask your local parts store, they will know of a local carb repair location to save shipping costs. Good repair is hard to find sometimes, though. Guys like Tex and Dave T-Bow, or Cathcart will get it safe as can be for your Studebaker, but remember that a decent running carb ranks up there as pretty darn important for safety. I know money is hard to come by these days, but unless you want to start a fire under that Champion's hood and possibly lose the whole car, I'd save your pennies and have someone with mechanic's skills guide you to get it installed correctly even after you get it fixed. It's not hard and it's great that you are interested in learning about the car, but I've seen even the best mechanics in a huddle under a hood at a Stude meet to gather all of the minds for the right way to do some things. Don' t get too exasperated, there is help here, just witty ones sometimes!;)

50Champ
10-19-2008, 12:44 PM
A flat rate Priority Mail shipping box is only $8.95 plus another 50 cents for a Delivery Confirmation (tracking) number so the cost of shipping it isn't a problem. How do you know that the guy at the parts store isn't going to refer me to his cousin Elmer who lives in a trailer next to a junkyard? I have faith that Tex knows what he's doing but I appreciate the input....:)

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50Champ
10-19-2008, 12:44 PM
A flat rate Priority Mail shipping box is only $8.95 plus another 50 cents for a Delivery Confirmation (tracking) number so the cost of shipping it isn't a problem. How do you know that the guy at the parts store isn't going to refer me to his cousin Elmer who lives in a trailer next to a junkyard? I have faith that Tex knows what he's doing but I appreciate the input....:)

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