Last night I walked out to the car. Looked at it. Plugged in the dead battery and got my jumper box. Pressed remote starter button and....
Then I noticed that my choke wires were disconnected. The chokes weren't adjusting at all as the car warmed up, but not much was really warming up around here with 20 degree temperatures.
So I tried dropping the air filter box on the carbs and of coarse it stalled. The air cleaner box does a lot more than just make sure the air is clean. It restricts the fresh air flow and provides a much richer mixture with the blow by (correct term?) from the valve cover going into the air cleaner housing. To prove the blow by makes a big difference, I put the long hose that's been attached to the blow by hose right up to the choke butterflies. It Definitely makes a big difference, enriching the mixture.
So I proceeded with the gross choke adjustments per the jamiekop manual.
I noticed that there is potential for the chokes to need to be rotated 360 degrees tighter than I had them. The pressure seemed like too much though.
I also hadn't messed with the fast idle stop before. The front screw seemed to definitely do it's job, but the back screw didn't seem to do anything. I'm now doubting myself on whether I put them back together correctly. Maybe I put that spring in the wrong spot. I might need to investigate. Front seems right. Back doesn't.
So I got some rough adjustments done, and figured this next time I start the car WITH CHOKE WIRES CONNECTED I would put the air cleaner on. The electric from the choke wires seem to open up the chokes pretty fast, and the blow by seems to come pretty fast too. So might the enrichment from the blow by compensate for the leanness of the wide open chokes??? Let's try with the air filter housing on.
So with the air filter housing on, I started the car. The idle seems a little low, but I was able to get in the car, put it in reverse, drive a few feet back, and stall. Then I did the same in drive, and then stall. The car goes in both directions. Minor victories.
Next step seems to be to try and verify that I didn't put that spring in the wrong place for the choke adjustment, and then adjust the idle speed higher.
Also, it is time to put some insurance on this vehicle before I take it on the street.
Oh... When I put my foot on the brake, there's a hiss and the idle speed increases. There's also electrical tape wrapped around what I assume is the check valve for the brake booster. This is a potential massive vacuum leak or a bad brake booster.