That's not a bad idea. I was able to understand how to tune an Edelbrock carb just from reading the manual and experimenting with stuff, so maybe I could give that a shot. I know Q-jets are far more complicated than the Eddy's are though.
I just wonder where you can get parts for them nowadays? You can get rebuild kits for them I'm sure, but what about tuning kits with rods, jets, etc? Edelbrock and Holley have all sorts of aftermarket stuff available, but I dont think the Quadrajets have the same following.
Could be a fun project down the road though. For now, I think you're right, for the difference I'd get on the street it may not be worth the $500 or more I'd be spending. Not to mention all the extra stuff I'd have to do to set the carb up (i.e. re-route fuel lines, brackets, linkage, etc.). For what I do with the car its probably fine as is.
Thanks! It's actually the original factory color, Flame Orange. It was stock on 1972 Rally Novas, which is what mine was originally. Started out as a 307 V8, powerglide, 3.08 gears, etc. Now has 383, Th350, and 3.73 posi. I left the interior alone though, only thing changed in there is the tach on the column and B&M floor shifter.
Looks like you did something similar to your car as I did to mine. Back in 2005 I redid my car, not a frame off, but pretty extensive. Had new fenders, doors, quarters, windshield, dash cowl, weatherstripping, etc all put on and then repainted the original Flame Orange color. Didnt touch the interior much, put in new carpet in 2002 since it was worn out, but that was it. Drivetrain has been completely redone though. My buddy and I dropped in the 383 back in 2001, had it out in 2002 for some stuff, and then was pulled again in 2008 when I put the new top end package on it. Just put some new M/T ET Street Radials on the back so I could get traction at full throttle and those tires rock!
With a little reading, research, and help from members here I've been able to get the engine running really good now. I had no stock specs to go off with the new setup, so I sort of had to set it up on my own, and I'm far from a top notch mechanic, haha! I"m pretty happy with how its turned out though.
I see you bought your car new in 1970? That's sweet! You've had that car forever! I bought mine in 1997 when I was 15, saved up money from cutting lawns and working, etc. Now that I'm 30 I can say I've had the car half my life, haha!
It looks like your car turned out really nice as well. These old cars are just so much fun to mess with and cruise around in. My dad turned me on to old muscle cars years ago as a kid and I've loved them ever since. Its nice to meet other members on these forums that are interested in this stuff as well.
Have a good one!