How to Set up a Dual Carburetor on a Chevy 235

by William Machin

Adding a second carburetor on your Chevy 235 adds muscle to the stock six-cylinder engine. The job is not complicated, providing you have some wrenching expertise and talent for making things fit. The easiest part is bolting up a dual intake manifold and installing a second carburetor that matches the original, or installing bigger carburetors. The challenge is adapting dual fuel lines and dual carburetor linkage. Pull the old manifold and carburetor off and get a dual manifold that works with the exhaust headers. Decide on the engine upgrade you want and use a pair of matching carburetors.

Manifold and Carburetors

1

Set up the dual intake manifold with two bolts in each flange and an intake gasket on the face of each flange. Position the manifold at the cylinder head and thread the bolts into the head by hand. Torque the bolts to 18 foot-lbs. each using a torque wrench.

2

Thread new carburetor studs into the holes at each side of the carburetor ports on the manifold. Place a new carburetor gasket atop each port on the manifold.

3

Remove the air cleaners from each carburetor and set the air cleaners aside. Turn each carburetor so the throttle linkages are facing in, toward the rocker arm cover on the engine.

4

Align the holes in each carburetor flange with the carburetor studs on a manifold port and set the carburetors in place on the intake manifold. Thread new lock nuts on each stud by hand. Tighten the nuts securely with an open-end wrench.

Fuel Lines and Linkage

1

Loosen the existing rigid fuel line fitting at the fuel pump and remove the rigid fuel line. Attach the dual fuel line adapter to the fuel pump and tighten the fitting.

2

Attach a length of rigid fuel line to each side of the adapter and tighten the fittings. Position the other end of each line near a fuel intake fitting at a carburetor. Thread each fitting into place on a carburetor by hand. Tighten the fittings with an open-end wrench.

3

Turn the throttle stop screws on both carburetors fully closed with a screwdriver. Back each screw out 1 1/2 turns as a preliminary setting. Position the dual throttle linkage at the outer edge of the carburetors. Connect each linkage rod to the corresponding throttle levers using linkage clips.

4

Attach the end of the dual linkage to the existing accelerator linkage in the engine compartment. Ask an assistant to push the accelerator pedal to wide-open and let up several times as you visually ensure that the linkage moves each carburetor throttle lever to full-throttle simultaneously.

5

Follow the procedures in your Haynes or Chilton repair manual and adjust the idle and fuel-air mixture on each carburetor. Adjust the throttle stops as described in the repair manual. Reattach the air cleaners on each carburetor.

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About the Author

William Machin began work in construction at the age of 15, while still in high school. In 35 years, he's gained expertise in all phases of residential construction, retrofit and remodeling. His hobbies include horses, motorcycles, road racing and sport fishing. He studied architecture at Taft Junior College.

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