As enthusiasts of what can easily be considered outdated vehicles, there is a whole host of terminology that can leave one scratching their head as they dive into DIY projects the first time. In an effort to help shed some helpful light, here is a brief glossary of terms pertaining to carburetors that will set a good baseline for terms and parts inside these antiquated atomizers.
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It is pretty crusty, isn't it? This was a Rochester I had sitting in the parts pile. It came out of a field car I scrapped off a few years ago. It is still a good core and has a lot of good fiddly bits. I just haven't gotten around to cleaning it since I haven't needed it yet.
Nice article. A follow-on that addresses more complex carburetors with things like primary and secondary jets, idle circuits, and the importance of getting all those tiny passages perfectly clean would be appreciated. I'd also be interested in what you consider the most complex carburetors out there.