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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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19 of 21 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.
10 of 10 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.
11 of 12 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.

7 of 8 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.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Not the Quadrajet BIBLE that it is made out to be. Certainly not a how to book by any means. More of a history lesson. Nov. 27 2013
By Kal El - Published on
Don't expect any Earth Shattering secrets about Quadrajets in this book. In fact don't expect even the most basic of descriptions of how to disassemble and reassemble the carburetors either. Basically it's a history of the evolution of Quadrajets with a bunch of side by side pictures depicting the differences between the years and brands. Truth is I don't give a rats ass about the fact that Carter manufactured carbs for rochester or why. It has no mention of the seal on top of the power piston that needs to be purchased separately from all rebuild kits. His recommendation of using The Carburetor Shop is ridiculous. On their website it clearly states "We have a very large selection of parts (N.O.S., new reproduction, and used) for Rochester carburetors up through and including the 1974 model year." Meaning anything later than 1974 and you're SOL. There is no explanation of adjusting the APT valve or other useful things not mentioned in rebuild instructions. It doesnt go into any great detail regarding the later electronic q-jets installed on the Olds 307 engines of the 80's. I simply mentions them as a side note, otherwise ignoring them completely.

However it does go into great depth on how to modify the Quadrajet for racing purposes by drilling holes in very precise places on the carb. But if you're going to do all that, get a freaking Holley. And it also does a very good job in identifying the different carbs and improvements made over the years.

I bought this book hoping to debunk the myth that quadrajets are finicky POS that leak, are a pain to tune, rebuild, and suck at cold starts. Well this books has done little to disprove that. Drilling the plugs out isn't as easy as one would think. He mentions how to drill out the hole for the bushings, but doesn't suggest using a depth guide as everyone else has, and is included in all the expensive busing kits online. In fact there is even a pic in the book of the drill bit protruding all the way through the hole in the base plate for the shaft.

I would only recommend this book to someone if they have the intentions of using a q-jet on a high performance engine and really want to know how to increase CFM flow. Otherwise, I would say for the casual car enthusiast who wants to get this book and unlock the potential of some Q-jet sitting in a junkyard..... Keep dreaming. By the time you buy the book, carbs, rebuild kits, tools, and time invested its not worth it. You'll be doing your self a huge favor just getting a Holley used or refurbished somewhere for 100-200 bucks. Not to mention that there are only a few websites on which you can get all the parts need to rebuild a Quadrajet Properly. Forget all the box stores like Napa or Advance. Those kits are garbage and only include basics like gaskets and a check ball. They usually do include a filter however, something that finds unimportant and omits from all of their kits.

In the end it's your money. Spend it how you like, but I wouldn't spend it on this book unless you're already a Q-jet Diehard. There is much better information to be had on the internet and youtube than in this book.