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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #400 on: November 25, 2019, 06:54:12 AM »
It's not unusual to have to crank for a bit after the car has been sitting on a carbureted car. 

If I drive my car everyday then 1x pedal to the floor in the morning and it jumps to life.

If I let it sit several days its:  2x pedal to the floor and crank 5 seconds (no start) - then 2x pedal to the floor and it starts almost immediately.

MNBob - maybe that sequence will help it fire off more quickly - give it a try

Also, you still haven't mentioned if your choke is functioning correctly (unless I missed this info in a prior post).  The choke adjustment on a Qjet is critical and requires a bit of fiddling around to get it right since there is the "set" and the "pulloff".  Also, if it's electric choke then there is also a "duration" adjustment.  Without the choke - I can imagine crank times like yours.
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #401 on: November 25, 2019, 07:36:17 AM »
I know on mine the float bowels are slowly loosing fuel.  I have even pulled the air cleaner and and there is no fuel spraying when pumping the accelerator pump (this is after it sits a few days). But there is after you have had the car running.

It's not a operation error or a choke problem.  I believe he has the same issue I do. Fuel is leaving the float bowel.

I wonder if there is a check valve one could install on the suction side of the fuel pump too. As it seems it takes longer than one would expect for the pump to even pump fuel after it has sat for a few days. Or, is there one built into the fuel pump and that has failed adding to the time it takes to get fuel back in the carb...

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #402 on: November 25, 2019, 08:44:37 AM »
Well OK - I'm not arguing your points.

But I believe he stated that he had already fixed the well plugs.  If those are sealed then fuel is stuck in the bowl (unless the lead plugs beside the well plugs are also leaking) - it has no place to go.  It cannot be suctioned back out of the bowl thru the needle/seat - that just can't happen.

The only other thing I can think of is that the fuel is simply evaporating - although I think that's a long shot because there is a significant amount of fuel in the bowl.

I did find the following info which I think says it really well - I can't take credit for this explanation but it is very good:

"It's been my experience if you don't have an accelerator pump shot on a Q jet on a cold engine, it won't start. Even with a good working choke. The fuel level in the float bowl has to be above the accel pump transfer slot for the accel pump to get any fuel. If the fuel level is below the transfer slot there is usually a little fuel left in the pump circuit, enough for one or two squirts but many times that isn't enough to start a cold engine. The bowl doesn't have to lose all its fuel to not get any to the accel pump, just enough (about 1 1/2 - 2 oz) to get below the transfer slot. A few seconds of cranking and some pumping of the pedal is usually all it takes. But if the car has sat long enough, more fuel will have evaporated (or leaked) out and a longer period of cranking is required to fill the bowl enough to get above the transfer slot, unless you add some fuel through the bowl vent tube."

The only real way to figure this out is to take the carb off and fill up the bowl and see if it leaks out the bottom over time.

Chris
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #403 on: November 27, 2019, 12:18:59 PM »
Chris, thanks for the info. I don't understand why the fuel cannot run out through the seat.  It is correct I have already fixed the well plugs.  I am going to bench test it when I take it off.  Right now I am waiting to get a non-windowed seat that is on order.

Here is a link to QuadrajetParts.com to a page where they sell a non-windowed seat.  Please read the Note at the bottom of the page:

https://quadrajetparts.com/needle-seat-assembly-windowed-p-2048.html
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Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #404 on: November 27, 2019, 02:09:44 PM »
Exhaust System Tweaks
A year ago, I added a third exhaust system hanger on both sides at the rear of the mufflers.  Unfortunately, raising up the mufflers caused the whole system to pivot and the right exhaust tip went down too far and did not match the left (see pic).

I drove it all season like this while fretting if I was going to have to cut and weld tailpipe 2 at a different angle.  Fortunately, the rear hanger for the pipe was a stout metal tab and all I had to do was bend it down (see pics). 

This was a opportunity to fine tune the whole rear of the system so I did the following tweaks:
1.  Filled three pinholes in my weld of the right tailpipe 2 with brazing.
2.  Pushed the right muffler forward all the way forward in its' connection with the exhaust pipe.
3.  Pulled the right tailpipe 1 out of the muffler a inch to give more clearance over the axle.
4.  Shortened the left tailpipe 2 where it connects to the splitter so the two tips are even lengthwise on both sides.


Splitter Too Low



Original TailPipe2 Hanger Tab



Welded Pipe Pin Hole Leaks



Filled Painted Pipe With Bent Tab



Splitter at Proper Height



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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #405 on: November 27, 2019, 05:37:13 PM »
Well Bob - I read the note and this is something new to me but I'm always willing to admit I don't know everything.  Although I can't imagine how this could happen clearly it must be able to as it is worthy of that notation.

I'll be very interested to see if this solves your issue - please report back.  If it works for you I'll be the next to give it a try.

Chris
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #406 on: November 28, 2019, 09:36:32 AM »
There was no cutting for the TKO600 install.  In fact, there was room to spare so you could literally pick your pinion angle.  I could have gone an inch higher to a few inches lower.  I highly recommend the American Powertrain X-Factor cross member because of its adjustability.  It can be adjusted forward/back, up/down, and side to side.

The shifter fits perfectly in the console even better than the 4 speed.  Between the transmission and shifter parts, the shifter location can be adjusted to fit almost any application.

I am pleased pink with this tranny and the gearing is perfect with the 3.23.  A high amount of overdrive (1900 at 70), yet I typically shift into 5th at 45 mph.  I have now learned the gearing and know the speed to downshift into the various gears and it does this so easily with the synchro's.  Perfect!


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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #407 on: December 02, 2019, 03:40:37 PM »
Between company and snow, it has been difficult to find time for the carb job.  I finally got it out and apart yesterday.  Although I have taken the carb apart many times, I did not remember the exact layout of the bowl areas.

Findings
There are two bowl areas inside (see pics 2 & 3 below).  I will call the first the inlet bowl area.  Although this area looks relatively small, it is connected to the big round well where the plastic cup is installed. Then there is the big main bowl area.

The two bowl areas are separated by some wall structures.  There are two slots in the walls allowing fuel to flow between them.  The first slot is a square shaped entry and is about 1.25" above the floor of the main bowl.  The second is a V shaped notch and is about 3/4" above the floor of the main bowl.  See pic 5 for photo.

The car had last run 6 days ago.  Upon initial inspection, this is what I found:
1.  There was no gas in the fuel line attaching to the carb.  This is new in the last few times removing the carb.
2.  There was no gas in the inlet bowl.
3.  There was 3/8" fuel in the main bowl.

I bench tested the carb overnight filling it with fuel.  This morning there was about 3/4" in the main bowl.  No fuel ran out of the fuel line hookup area into a cup I had placed under it.  However, there wasn't much fuel in the inlet bowl area.  I put the float in and it looks like the normal fuel level in the main bowl may be about an inch.

Conclusions
I still think the fuel is draining from the carb through the needle and seat and all the way back to the pump.  As Chris pointed out, this cannot empty the main bowl completely because the V slot is 3/4" above the floor of main bowl.  I don't think the well plugs are leaking or if they are, it is minimal.  Also, with the carb vented, I think evaporation is a significant factor.  I agree with the nature of the beast comment above, but right now the overnight starts are taking several extra spins of the starter that I did not use to have.

Plan
I am going to install the non-windowed seat to keep fuel in the inlet bowl and remove the plastic cup.  This cup does nothing but take up space that could be used for fuel and also fills with fuel that cannot be used.  I am also going to replace the fuel filter and spring as it is obvious that the fuel filter check valve is not working.


Float Down In Initial Inspection



Fuel In Bowl After 6 Days



Inlet and Main Bowl Areas



Catch Cup



Square and V Transfer Slots
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Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #408 on: December 03, 2019, 09:20:41 AM »
Carbs have always been a mystical part of the engine I mever took enough time to study and learn. It is on my list of things to do one day
Charlie

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #409 on: December 03, 2019, 03:04:48 PM »
Im with you Charlie, carbs and transmissions. My hats off to anyone that attempts either one. There are a couple of books out, one on rebuilding the Qjet, and another on 4 speed trans that I want to get. I dont plan on doing either but I would like to know a bit more about them just because.
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #409 on: December 03, 2019, 03:04:48 PM »

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #410 on: December 03, 2019, 03:06:58 PM »
Bob, i have been meaning to send you an email, but i will ask you here. What is the finish inside the trunk of your car? I am ready to get mine done. I think my car in spite of itself is pretty original but the trunk looks like a plain black finish. Is that correct or was there splatter paint and what colour?
Thanks,
Kerry
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79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #411 on: December 04, 2019, 05:06:08 PM »
You guys don't get any sympathy from me.  I think if you run a carb, you should know how to rebuild it.  The carbs need maintenance as the gaskets harden and the power piston can wear.  It is not really that hard.  There are about 10 parts/steps that have to be done and there is a sticky on our site.  And I am willing to help anytime.

Kerry, below is a pic of my original trunk floor; I have the original 1/8" thick black carpet that I had to lift to get this photo.  The dull spots are the glue for the carpet.  The surface is almost like a black undercoat, but the material is hard and can not be scratched with a fingernail.


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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #412 on: December 04, 2019, 05:43:06 PM »
Wow. It's hard to believe that is how they left the factory.  Compare that to 1982 trans am. Only a few years and the fit and finish goes up 50%.
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #413 on: December 04, 2019, 09:17:59 PM »
The carb is probably leaking at the well plugs. take the base plate off and look.  Then use ethanol resistant epoxy and sell the well plugs. 

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #414 on: December 05, 2019, 08:06:30 AM »
Thanks Bob, I dont have a trunk mat, but that pretty much is what the inside of my trunk looks like a well. Confirms my thought of originality.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
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'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
'52-Ariel Red Hunter
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #414 on: December 05, 2019, 08:06:30 AM »


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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #415 on: December 05, 2019, 09:45:02 AM »
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The carb is probably leaking at the well plugs. take the base plate off and look.  Then use ethanol resistant epoxy and sell the well plugs.

I already did that a couple of years ago (see pic below or reply #209).  These plugs could be leaking though.  I bench tested the bowl holding fuel overnight on Sunday.  This test was inconclusive; if they are leaking it is pretty slow.

Well Plugs
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #416 on: December 05, 2019, 10:47:33 AM »
Carb Re-Installed
I reassembled and installed the carb.  Made the following changes:
1.  New non-windowed seat.  I debated on the needle clip but kept it.
2.  Removed the plastic cup from the round well.
3.  Threw in a set of 71 jets (see pic 1); I just want to compare them to the 72's; (original was 70's).
 
I ordered a new inlet filter and spring from Quadrajet Power.  Unfortunately, the new filter had no check valve at all!  So I reinstalled the filter I got from Cliff the last time I rebuilt the carb.  The new spring was a really nice piece.  It was much stronger than the old one so I used it.  The filter from Cliff had a thick rubber seal at the inlet end while the new one only had a thin paper seal.

I examined the check valve in the old filter.  This ia a pretty crude setup so I can see why it would not work.  I really think that a check valve designed for fuel systems should be added to the line; something like this:

https://www.summitracing.com/parts/rus-650603

I don't pre-fill the carb so it took about 30 seconds of cranking to start.  Ran perfectly.  The next morning I started it and could not tell any difference in starting time!


New Jets Installed



Reassembled On Bench



Carb Installed
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Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #417 on: December 05, 2019, 12:38:40 PM »
Good deal. So do you think  the answer was the non-windowed seat?

Give us an update in a few more days. Thanks for the documentation!
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #418 on: December 06, 2019, 07:07:43 AM »
Bob - this certainly sounds promising!

I'll be very interested to hear how the restart goes if the car has sat for a few days.

Chris
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #419 on: December 06, 2019, 07:31:08 AM »
I hope that solves the issues for you.
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79 TATA 4sp-Next Project?
79 TATA - Lost to Fire!
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85 T/A - Sold
85 Fiero - Sold
82 Firebird - Sold
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'39-BSA Gold Star
'49-Triumph 350
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #420 on: December 09, 2019, 10:25:46 PM »
Very cool...hope this is a certified, solved issue!!
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #421 on: December 15, 2019, 12:25:48 PM »
Amplifier Installed
One of the first things I did in 2012 (wow, time flies!) was to upgrade the stereo.  I installed 6 speakers, a head unit, and a 4 channel amp.  The head unit (Retrosound Model One) had an internal 4 channel amp so I used that to drive one pair of speakers.

This layout was a problem from the start.  I had to turn the level controls on the internal amplifier way up and those on the external amp way down to get a volume balance on all speakers.  This resulted in not enough power to the amp speakers and poor overall sound.

After 7 years, I finally decided to fix this and it was a good winter project.  A new 2 channel amp was not very expensive, but I knew it would be some work to install it and reconfigure the system.

It was a lot of labor and it took about a week to get it done.  All the seats, the glove box door and glove box, the right kick panel, the sill plate, etc. had to come out.  I also took the "opportunity" to clean up some of the wiring under the dash.

It sounds a lot better with more bass and clarity.  Here are the pics:


Wiring Amp



Wiring Channel



Top Amp Wire In Fuse Panel



New Amp Mounted



Amps Final
1979 TATA Extreme TKO .64
Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #422 on: December 23, 2019, 12:35:25 PM »
Fuel System Analysis
The problem with the carb was not improved after the rebuild.  It was the same or more turns of the starter to start.  Otherwise, the carb including choke is running perfect.

The work on the carb has got me thinking about the fuel delivery system.  I have decided to revamp it for the following reasons:
1.  I want to put in a fuel check valve in the line to the carb.
2.  Both the fuel delivery line and the fuel return line run close to the headers (see pics)
3.  I want to get a March serpentine belt system and it does not allow a mechanical fuel pump.
4.  At some point, I will go with an EFI system and I want to have the high pressure feed and return lines ready.

The work on this will begin this winter with the installation of an electric pump and the removal of the mechanical pump.  Next summer, I will reroute and upgrade the existing line to high pressure and add a second return line.


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Fuel Return Line (Black)
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #423 on: December 23, 2019, 12:43:20 PM »
That work looks so nice.  I love the clean runs on the lines and wires.
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #424 on: December 23, 2019, 12:51:26 PM »
Fuel System Analysis
The problem with the carb was not improved after the rebuild.  It was the same or more turns of the starter to start.  Otherwise, the carb including choke is running perfect.

Oh well - it was worth a try!
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #425 on: December 26, 2019, 12:39:35 PM »
New Electric Fuel Pump
Before I installed the new electric fuel pump, I decided to test what fuel pressure the existing mechanical pump is putting out.  File this one under "Inquiring Minds Want To Know".  I wanted to be sure that the electric pump was operating at a similar level to the mechanical.  I ordered a Moroso (Summit #MOR-65370) 0-15 psi gauge and plumbed it in.  After examining the fuel filter check valve, I also ordered a Russell check valve (Summit #RUS-650603) and put it in (see pics 1 and 2).  After the engine warmed, it settled in at 4.5 psi at idle; it was 5-6 prior to that.

For a fuel pump, I ordered the Holley Mighty Mite (Summit #HLY-12-427).  This pump is reccomended to be installed at a 45 degree upward angle. 

There was a space on the top of the frame rail above the axle to mount the pump.  I had had a Carter there years ago when I used 2 pumps.  I thought designing a bracket for this would be easy.

Bracket #1 was a simple bent piece of aluminum.  This design failed as it was an interference design.  The bolts to mount the pump interfered with those to mount the bracket.  And to think my parents sent me to engineering school!

Bracket #2 was a sturdy design made of steel with offset bolt holes(see pic).  Unfortunately, I wanted to use the existing holes in the frame and when I installed the pump with this bracket, it was to low leaving the fuel line near the tailpipe.

Bracket #3 was the winner with an aluminum design and put the fuel line in the correct location! (see pics).


Pump to Carb Lines



Testing Fuel Pressure



Holley Mighty Mite Fuel Pump



Bracket #2 (Failed)



Bracket Design 3(Final)



Mounted No Tailpipe



Mounted and Tailpipe
1979 TATA Extreme TKO .64
Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #426 on: December 27, 2019, 03:01:34 PM »
First Start with Electric Fuel Pump
I overdid it on the treadmill and ended up getting an acute case of hip bursitis.  Very painful, had to go to emergency, but just got a prescription and am now on the mend.  This delayed the testing of the new setup.

I turned the key to the "on" position and let the electric fuel pump run for about a minute because I had disconnected the lines by the tank and fuel pump.  The Holley made a rumbling sound, but was not as loud as the old Carter. 

The mechanical pump is still hooked up and now there is a check valve in the testing line to the carb.  To my surprise, the engine fired right away with hardly any extra turns of the starter!  This was so much better than any recent start.

After warming up, the fuel pressure reading was 7.25 psi (see pic).  There was no flooding or extra fuel coming out of the carb so I assume the float and needle and seat were able to handle this pressure.

I am rapidly running out of time in this work arc.  My goal was to run the electric pump only, but I don't if I will be able to get that done with the hip issue.


Fuel Pressure With Both Pumps
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Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #427 on: December 28, 2019, 03:53:14 AM »
Cool little bracket and pump!!

 
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #428 on: April 08, 2020, 12:07:40 PM »
Fuel System Upgrade
It is good to be back with the car early.  I only wish it was under better circumstances.

My original plan for the fuel system was to delete the mechanical pump and install an electric.  This objective has changed to upgrading the system to make it as EFI ready as possible.  So we'll see where this goes.

The next step was to remove the mechanical pump and just have the electric.  I installed a Canton billet aluminum block off plate to cover the opening (see pic).  The reading with the Mighty Mite only was 3 psi.  The advertised pressure was 4-7 psi.  Seems to run fine although I did not drive it.

Up next is to remove the front metal fuel line and reroute it away from the header tube (see pic).



Canton Block Off Plate



Mighty Mite Fuel Pressure



Fuel Line Near Header

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #429 on: May 24, 2020, 11:48:45 AM »
Front Fuel Line and Chassis Painting
The front fuel line needed to be replaced because it ran too close to the headers (see pics in previous posts).  I tried to make the new line one piece, but it could not be tucked up that way, hence two pieces.  I put a fuel gauge port in the line near the connection to the existing line under the driver seat.  The fuel check valve is at the front of the front line.   The old line went up and over the sub-frame, while the new one runs along the bottom of it.  I used the Russell Pro-Flex hose where it connects to the engine.

While I was under the car, I noticed that there was some surface rust on the front end hard parts, particularly the springs. So I painted them all with Eastwood chassis black gloss.  This included the springs, sway bar, center link, tie rod ends, idler arm, pitman arm, steering box, A-arms, and the sub-frame.

The pictures start at the connection to the old line and go to the front:


New Lines


Connection To Existing Line


Around Body Mount


New Lines Connected


Around Coil Spring


Front Line To Hose


Connection To Carb Line
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #429 on: May 24, 2020, 11:48:45 AM »

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #430 on: May 24, 2020, 04:43:35 PM »
Very cool fuel lines, never seen those before. Looks like factory but better. Will have to look these up.

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #431 on: May 24, 2020, 05:38:09 PM »
I did them in NiCopp and then stainless armor cable, a little harder to bend at 3/8" than brake line but still doable.   The Russell tube ends work really nice even on the old line.
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Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #432 on: May 25, 2020, 07:56:35 PM »
I did them in NiCopp and then stainless armor cable, a little harder to bend at 3/8" than brake line but still doable.   The Russell tube ends work really nice even on the old line.

If you dont mind me asking, if you're working with 3/8 hard line, what "armor cable" size is suitable? Again, looks very legit.

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #433 on: May 26, 2020, 09:03:30 AM »
That looks cool
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #434 on: May 26, 2020, 09:17:45 AM »
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If you don't mind me asking, if you're working with 3/8 hard line, what "armor cable" size is suitable?

The armor cable (sometimes called coil wrap) is sized by the tubing it is for so it would be 3/8".  Inline Tube has the armor cable in stainless and non stainless versions in their general catalog.
1979 TATA Extreme TKO .64
Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #435 on: May 26, 2020, 11:24:40 AM »
Looks good Bob,  I think of your car and the work you have done to it, often when im in the shop working on my TATA.
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #436 on: May 27, 2020, 05:43:41 PM »
That is a good point.  I think we all are so focused on whats next and our "to do" list, that we all need to read our build threads once in a while to see how much we have done.  This was also pointed out to me a week ago when I found some "lost" pictures of the car from 2012.  It was like oh my goodness!
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Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #437 on: May 29, 2020, 12:47:23 PM »
EFI??
I really want to get an EFI system.  My problem is I do a lot of reading on the internet and have read about issues people are having with these systems.  Things I have read are:
  • The fuel curves included with the EFI systems are crude and need to be adjusted.
  • The electronic modules are subject to heat and are prone to failure.
  • The systems don't idle down well, especially on manual transmission cars.
  • Exhaust leaks can affect the correct operation.
But there are also owners who are happy with them.

So what I have decided to do is get the car ready for an EFI install, but in a way that allows me to easily go back to the carb should I ever have any issues.  The Mighty Mite fuel pump that I installed last winter is working well but does not fit in with this plan.  Holley has a pump that works for both carb and EFI, is return-less, and mounts in the tank, so I have decided to go with that:

https://www.holley.com/products/fuel_systems/fuel_pumps_regulators_and_filters/fuel_pumps/carbureted_fuel_pumps/carbureted_electric_fuel_pumps/parts/12-129



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Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #438 on: May 30, 2020, 07:43:04 AM »
I think that is a smart idea.

I am like you and have read all kinds of stuff about the efi and honestly the input from the guys on here has made me want to do the same thing.

My only concern is tweaking the settings but with the help of the guys on here, it can be worked out!!

nice to have the return to carb option as well if your not happy
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Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #439 on: June 01, 2020, 06:46:10 AM »
Hey Charlie, hope your project is coming along!  I am a little leery because I know how to rebuild a quadrajet but know nothing about modifying a fuel curve with a laptop.  I guess I'm never to old to learn though.

In Tank Pump Upgrade
Some progress, I removed the Mighty Mite pump, bracket, and connections.  The gas tank was 2/3 full, so I mounted the Mighty Mite on a board and added a switch to create a portable pump set up.  I then used it to empty the tank (see pics).

I also marked and enlarged the hole in the Tanks, Inc. tank (see pics) for mounting the Holley pump.  I had purchased the tank a couple of years ago when I was going to EFI.

Next up is removal of the old tank.


Portable Pump Setup


Removing Fuel


Marking Location For Holley Pump


Fuel Pump Opening Cut

1979 TATA Extreme TKO .64
Hedman elite; Pypes 2.5; Borla XS; MSD 6A; Edelbrock intake; open scoop; modified Q-jet; Powermaster 150; 4 core radiator/Mark VIII fan; RobbMc mini starter; subframe connectors; solid body mounts; fiberglass rear springs; poly sway bar and link bushings; 81 master; D52’s; Blazer disks; 225/60 & 235/60 17's TrueContact's; relays for PW, PDL, lights; keyless entry

Re: 79 TATA With 35,000 Miles Project
« Reply #439 on: June 01, 2020, 06:46:10 AM »
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