Carburetors are amazing. No matter how messed up they get, the car will generally run. Not great, but it will run. Take this 1974 Scout II I bought last winter. The carb was a mess. It looked like someone poured sand into it. Sure it was used for desert racing but I’ve been told the sand is what’s left when gas evaporates. But what do I know? I always ran BMWs with fuel injection – which generally runs if you hook the electronic parts up right.

This venturi crap is amazing because you simply pull air through it and adds gas. And with an engine being a giant air pump it seems to work pretty well. But it also causes a ton of problems. Mostly because I don’t know what I’m doing... Apparently you’re not supposed to rebuild your carb at the beach? It seemed like a good idea at the time.

Carb’s are definitely black magic voodoo stuff. Like magnets. Like jet and needle sizes. How can that little change in the needle or jet actually change the gas going into the engine in a meaningful way? But I guess it does. I do know that my carb was seriously messed up so I rebuilt it and that story is coming next.


The video below is about you start a car with a bad carb. In this case its because of a bad accelerator pump. Bad meaning non existent. Of course I had no idea what an accelerator pump was, I just turned the idle jets way up to make throttle roll-in work better, but more importantly I learned the Scout likes fuel in the morning. Lots of fuel. And this is how I used to start it before rebuilding the carb.