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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: CarTech, Inc. (June 14 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1932494189
  • ISBN-13: 978-1932494181
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1 x 27.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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This is a great book that details everything you would want to know about the quadrajet carbs and the Edelbrock clone. Performance mods and why things are done this way. The only thing that is missing is information/procedures on real life performance testing the carb to determine how to select the components. The book assumes that you know your carb is rich or lean in the primaries or secondaries. The book does give 3 or 4 templates for making different levels of performance carbs.
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By 68fleetside on Feb. 23 2014
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Very nice book. Great history lesson as well. When I finished reading it I dropped the carb of to my mechanic. I'm sure YOU will be able to work on your carb once you read it through : )
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By Mike on Aug. 24 2013
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On a whim I started looking for something like this book, and I found it. Its exactly what I had in mind. Decent pricing, and packaged well.
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By Dave S on March 13 2015
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
A wealth of hard to find information. Oct. 2 2006
By William Steck - Published on
Having chatted with Cliff previously via email, I was happily surprised that he had finally put his wisdom to paper. While it's clear when reading this book that he is a Pontiac fan, he does a good job on the Chevy, Buick, and Oldsmobile Quadrajets also.

In this book you'll find practical rebuilding, repairing, and performance tips. I really like the fact that he covers the repairs that often have to be made to the venerable Quadrajet, now that the one that is on our vehicles is probably well over 30 years old! If you are wondering how to repair that stripped fuel inlet thread, or how to modify your idle air bypass, you will find that information in this book. Not only does this book do a fantastic job covering repairs and performance modifications in depth, the photo's are large, detailed, and relevant.

Discussion of operation of the various circuits is included. The various models and improvements over the years is explained. With this info you will be well prepared to select the right Q-jet for your vehicle.

This work on Rochester carbs is important because the Rochesters, especially the Quadrajet, are vastly underated. There is a very good chance that you could run a Quadrajet on your vehicle and gain fuel efficiency without sacrificing power. In this day and age, that is no small consideration. On a 327 Chevy I've run three Quadrajets (7045263, 7043250, and 7029207) against an out of the box fresh Holley 6619. The best Quadrajet, which happened to be new also, beat the Holley on an identical course by about two miles per gallon with no perceived loss of performance! One of the other Qj's was new also, the other one was rebuilt to stock specs on the primary side, and richened up on the secondary side. The bottom line is that out of the three Quadrajets tested on my vehicle, three of them beat the Holley in the mpg category. Of course, your results may differ, but my point is that you should not overlook the Quadrajet when planning your next street engine build. My motivation to run the Quadrajet came largely from Doug Roe's book, however, there are a lot of points in this work that do not appear in the book by Doug Roe. If you do a search you can find further results from my "test" online. Just type in the carburetor numbers and Holley.

Even if you already have Doug Roe's book on Quadrajets, you'll want this one too. Besides the wealth of photographs, and up to date information, you'll notice that he even covers the Edelbrock Quadrajets as well. Lot's of information for the money.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Excellent help and information Dec 12 2006
By Willy - Published on
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Having run and enjoyed Q-jets for many years I bought this book immediately. Even if you have the Rochester book by Doug Roe, this is a needed addition. True hands on experience shows and Ruggles is able to convey some complex procedures with success. From a simple rebuild to advanced tuning you'll find plenty of help. Pictures are good and clear, but the captions are another story. Here's where I dropped one star in my review. You can figure out the intent with a little study but it seems the publisher rushed the set-up and printing. For instance, the 'left' carburetor is sometimes the 'right' one. Picky perhaps but it is sometimes confusing. All in all a good book.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Book is great, but there is more Oct. 11 2009
By M. Blevins - Published on
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The book is great. Very detailed and loaded with great information. My only problem is that I contacted a vendor that is mentioned in the book concerning rebuild kits. The Carburetor Shop in Eldon, MO is mentioned as " a great provider of quality rebuild kits." I contacted them concerning a kit for the carburetor I am rebuilding. Horrible, I mean HORRIBLE customer service. Do not, once again DO NOT purchase anything from that company. I will keep their emails for reference for anyone who does not believe me. Sorry to stray from the book review. The book is great and I would recommend it to anyone, but buy your parts somewhere else.

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
If you're going to work on a Q-jet: get it - March 19 2007
By 74vette - Published on
Overall, this book is an excellent supplement to Roe's book on Q-jets. The book should have been edited better for those who actually work on their carburetor (I would give 3 stars for editing, but entered 5 for content). The technical information I needed to make modifications to my carbs was there, however, usually in at least two or more places in the book. This is only a little irritating compared to not finding the info at all. I ended up making a spreadsheet from the info scattered throughout the book for a particular application so that I could have a one page reference. Flipping through the book while trying to work proves too slow. If you're going to actually work on a Q-jet, particularly to get better performance, or use on an engine swap or modified engine, you should consider this book a must have supplement to Roe.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Rochester Quadrajet March 14 2011
By Timothy Wilson - Published on
Great informative book, if you know nothing about Quadrajet and you wanna know. This is the book to add to your library. The things I often tried to find on the world wide web about Quadrajet, I could not find but in this book it is all spelled ou tin front of you.
Thanks again