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Old 08-09-2006, 06:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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1979 buick regal turbo 3.8l v6 hesitates

Hey, i just got a hold of my second buick regal, the first one i had was a 1985 regal, unfortunaley an old lady ran smake dab into me and totaled the car. I love that damn car, perfect condition only needed a good paint job. With all that being said, i recently bought a 1979 buick regal turbo 3.8l v6 (sounds like butta). Once again the car is in damn near perfect condition, i''m the 3rd owner. the first owner ( get this!!!!!) was a old lady, god bless them. But here's my problem. It has the Q-jet 2 barrel carb and i know it's not a 350 v-8, but from all the research i have done, the 3.8 turbo is like the first model for the GN's types. So, it hesitates when i accelerate and also when i drive uphill it starts to overheat. I'm going to have a diagnostic done on it this weekend, but need some pointers on what could be the problem. PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Get a boost/vac guage, check/replace the vac lines, give it a tune-up, made a cold air kit, clean the carb..or get a 4bbl carb
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Old 08-09-2006, 06:37 PM   #3 (permalink)
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where can i get "a cold air kit", getting a major tune up and diagnostic done this weekend. will starting lookng into a 4 brl carb, that will give more gas to the engine right and the cold air will bring more air into the engine?
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You can make one with rv sewer hose (3") and 3" muffler hose with a k&n filter. Don't worry about the 4bl untill you get it running good. flush the rad out and install a 160 deg therm to help with the over heating.
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Old 08-09-2006, 08:08 PM   #5 (permalink)
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my cold air kit is metal dryer hose and a round k&n. may want to check your timing on the running hot issue.
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Old 08-10-2006, 01:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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attatched directly to carb

is there any instruction that i could follow that would help me make a cold air intake? it does attached to the carb right.should i remove the stock "red metal intake hose"?
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Old 08-10-2006, 05:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Cold air kit.

Can't you take the bottom of the air filter assembly off and attach one of Postons ram Air kits? Check out page # 75 Part 3 PE434996 @ $249.00. You will need an 86-87 Passenger air Dam. Just my .02, Thanks Mike D.
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Old 08-10-2006, 08:25 PM   #8 (permalink)
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First off there was no 2bbl Turbo in 79 only 78. My guess on the hesitation is the carb. If it is the round one not the half a QJet one then that is defnitely gonna be the issue. Saw alot of those come thru the shop like that. The accelerator pumps get dry rotted and don't pump correctly. The overheating could be a number of things including: Lean fuel mixture,Too far advanced or retarded timing,Stuck Thermostat or blown head gasket.
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Old 08-11-2006, 11:41 AM   #9 (permalink)
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CARB!!!!! might be the problem

from all the advice i've hear looks like the carb is the problem, i have access to a holly 750 double pumper 4bl carb, can that fit on my car or would it be too big?
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Old 08-11-2006, 05:19 PM   #11 (permalink)
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what would be a good size

what size card should i look at getting or should i get the q-jet rebuilded.
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Old 08-11-2006, 05:57 PM   #12 (permalink)
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would this fit

Edelbrock Performer Series 4 Barrel Carburetor 1405. 600 cfm, square-flange, manual choke, non-emissions, universal application
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Old 08-17-2006, 11:42 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Get the QJet rebuilt. It is a great all around performance carb.
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Old 08-18-2006, 06:14 AM   #14 (permalink)
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If the carb is not stock (which seems to be the case), then the power valve is likely plumbed incorrectly. It needs to be connected to downstream of the turbo.

A Q-jet from a 1978-80 turbo V6 is the best bet IMO.
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