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4/20/16 2:53am - Original Message: '1980 after warm up idles rough and is tough to start after warmup'
EDeBella
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Edmonds, WA - USA

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1980. Black with T-Tops.

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I have a 1980. Stock small block minus the catalytic converter system and some headers and true duals installed She starts great cold and after it switches to low idle is fine....until I have driven it for 3-4 miles. It then runs rough at idle. Today was a warmer day (70's) & after driving it for an hour I stopped at a store. When I came back to the car after 10 minutes it cranked over solid but didn't start for about 6 seconds...then stalled immediately. I then tried to start her again and had to give it several pumps of the gas pedal to get it started....about 10 seconds to start it. It ran pretty rough at stop lights. At first I thought the low idle just needed adjusting and maybe new spark plugs and wires as the heat may be affecting them. Now I am wondering if it could be something else. Anyone have a similar experience.....suggestions and opinions are appreciated.

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4/20/16 10:18am - Reply: 'Re: 1980 after warm up idles rough and is tough to start after warmup'
cingraham
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Brookline, NH - USA

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1976 corvette L82 red interior with white seats and door panels with ceramic headers and flow master exhaust and a Crane Cam

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first look for a vacuum leak to carb or it could be time for a carb rebuild

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4/20/16 5:07pm - Reply: 'Re: 1980 after warm up idles rough and is tough to start after warmup'
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Overland Park, KS - USA

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1973 Orange Metallic Coupe (orig owner), L82, 4 spd (WR), PS, (A/C & PW (I installed from wrecked 73)), leather, AM/FM Stereo, ran with '65 FI unit earlier & will again some day.

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 Sometimes when an engine runs OK cold and then has a problem when it warms up, it's due to the carburetor leaning out once the choke ceases forcing a rich condition.

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4/20/16 6:28pm - Reply: 'Re: 1980 after warm up idles rough and is tough to start after warmup'
EDeBella
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Edmonds, WA - USA

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1980. Black with T-Tops.

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Ok..so check carb for fit and mixture......
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4/21/16 8:33am - Reply: 'Re: 1980 after warm up idles rough and is tough to start after warmup'
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Hillsboro, OR - USA

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1975 L48 4sp. Coupe... Rebuilt Motor

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I would agree with @73shark and look at your carb. Sounds like a Q-jet in which case I would go ahead and rebuild it and when reinstalling I would look at all vacuum lines and make sure I had no leaks. I installed an Autometer Vacuum gauge under the hood that comes off the intake manifold so I can always see how many inches of vacuum I am pulling and makes adjusting timing and carb settings much easier.




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