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Okay so I have an edelbrock 1406 and I have a question about the secondaries. When I manually pull the throttle when the car is off, the secondaries only open slightly because a lock plate hooks around a notch on the secondary shaft and keeps them from opening. The rebuilt kit i bough calls this plate the "lockout arm" if i move the arm out of the way manually, when i push the throttle, the secondaries open all the way. I'm confused as to why this is happening.

Ive seen online that it has to do with vacuum pressure and the electric choke and that the secondaries will open when the engine is under load. Can anyone explain to me how this works and how i know that its working properly?
 

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First off I am not a edelbrock expert, but I've worked and rebuilt a lot of carbs in my day, so I will take in generalities. IF the choke is not fully open, the secondaries are locked out. Once the choke is fully open, then depending on the design of the carb, there is usually a lever or pin that touches the secondaries throttle lever from the primary throttle rod lever, this helps finish closing the vacuum secondaries when you release the throttle, if the engine is not running the vacuum secondaries will close all the way if you operate the throttles manually, it the engine was running like when you are driving and you let off the gas the engine would run fast around 1500-2000rpm or more, if it was missing or broken. I do this to check the integrity of the secondary diaphragm and the path the vacuum takes for it, and if it is possible to get my finger on the secondary pick-up tube (this is the tube in the venturi that leads to the secondary diaphragm), with the engine off, I open the throttle and hold, then I open the secondaries and hold, then I plug the tube in the venturi, and let go of the secondary throttle and see if it holds vacuum, if it does the secondaries will stay mostly open, if there is a leak, it will close. The hesitation, can be caused by several things, (like float levels, power valve leaking, secondary metering jets getting plugged at little) and the accelerator pump settings or the accelerator pump is getting worn out. Good Luck.
 

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Im a little lost. But i guess what i was trying to ask was; How does the choke being open/closed effect the "lockout arm" because from what i can see it doesnt link up to it.
 

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Yeah that booklet came with my carb kit. But I still don't understand what mechanism causes the lockout arm to disengage so that the secondaries can open. Even when i open the choke and the air valves manually, the secondaries still don't open when I push the throttle because the arm still engages.
 

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Can you take a picture of the lockout arm on your carb, or does it look like they installed something backwards? Maybe some of the guys or gals on this forum that are running the edelbrock, can give a hand. Good Luck.
 

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okay so basically i checked everything out just after running my car so the choke was still fully open and everything is working fine. It turns out that the problem was a mix of my ignorance about chokes and my obsessive paranoia... and also probably my lack of experience with classic cars in general. Thank you for you time and info though!!!
-Bryce
 

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okay so basically i checked everything out just after running my car so the choke was still fully open and everything is working fine. It turns out that the problem was a mix of my ignorance about chokes and my obsessive paranoia... and also probably my lack of experience with classic cars in general. Thank you for you time and info though!!!
-Bryce
Hi,
Yes, time and experience does help. In answer to the metering rods, they can be changed to fine tune mid-range response. They are available in leaner and richer stages, all else being OK. Edelbrock tuning manual has a section lists kit numbers and their AFR affect. However, knowing which way (leaner/richer) to go is the "key".
My best advice for anyone wrenching on their rides, is to keep a log of all changes in detail. Also, don't make numerous changes at once as the affects can not be determined specifically.
Good Luck!
 
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