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September 19 2017 at 11:32 AM

Paul  (Premier Login FEfinaticP)

Response to The old ones run just great when they are clean !

One of the things I've done recently is to carry a spare carb aboard any boat I am running. The good news is, the 350 in the Skiff and the 427 in the 38 Commander both use the same carb today, but the Skiff originally had a different version when it was stock. The Skiff has an Edelbrock #1409 marine carb on it right now and I am about to pop on one of the carbs in this rebuild thread onto that motor. I am also about to change out the fuel filter too to assure I am not working the fuel pump too hard and to assure I'm getting the proper flow.

These are really simmple carbs, so much easier to work on than a Holley. They work fine too. I recommend getting a spare, rebuilding it and spraying it down with Gibbs Brand, and putting it in a plastic bag to stowe aboard your boat. That way even if you are anchored 20-miles out, you can take a few minutes and swap one out if you think you need to, and then you'll either be able to motor back nicely or perhaps know it's something other than the carb.


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