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85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 05 Mar 2012 04:37 #1

  • Tracy Gallaway
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Hi guys this is Tracy G up in Reno Nevada. I was just under the hood of my '85 Subaru GL wagon, 1.8L 4cyl ohc w/ a 2 bbl feedback carb. I have no pics yet and have not pulled the carb, BUT, it looks like the throttle body section is thin, possibly too thin to fit a groove under the primary butterfly. Also the throttle body is made of iron. I was imagining having a spacer plate made (aluminum?) to extend the throttle bores enough to fit a groove-maybe epoxy the throttle body and the spacer together put bolts/nuts thru the stud holes bolt together till epoxy sets well. There is a thin (maybe 1/8 inch) black plastic heat isolater spacer under the carb now (factory stock). Not having the carb off yet I guess that much material may allow room for a groove. Also I'm concerned about grooving in iron, I wonder that a bit may get used up or dulled badly working in iron. If I did get a spacer made or even tried grooving w/the iron and plastic together there would be a difference in material hardness going on, and again I wonder if that would be weird to work on. I found a donor car at Pick-n-pull w/ same carb so I could get that and do grooving on it then switch throttle bodies. Has anyone tried this idea on a carb w/ a thin throttle body (i.e. Quadrajet, Thermoquad, foreign. etc.?) The only other idea I can think of is to switch to a Weber carb and groove it-- but car is computer control feedback carb equipped and we do smog tests here; I would talk to the State Emissions control lab folks first, as the computer and LOTS of things would go Deep Six that route, and getting an OK for that might be like getting a permit to have a Watch Crocodile chained up in an unfenced yard a block from an Elementary School!! If you have suffered this far reading this you have realized I have not done my first Groove yet. Anyway sorry for the long twisted post here, but that is what I think is going on w/ my Subie!! Thanks for reading, TracyG
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 05 Mar 2012 06:01 #2

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Hi Tracy,

I don't think I would be comfortable cutting into iron either but if you attempt it you will want to run the dremel at a much lower speed and plenty of lubrication.

If I remember correctly Ron had mentioned at some point about Quadrajets not being a good candidate for the groove, mostly for the reason you mentioned. If you can get a replacement that has more meat under the throttle plates that would be better.

Keep in mind when you do the groove on a cabled TB/carb, the idle should be adjusted so the plates are in a fully closed position.

Afterwards, you'll adjust the idle and your idle air screws accordingly.

Also, on a fly by wire unit, you would want to set the throttle plate at the idle position to groove this type of TB.

If you haven't read through the posts on the different vehicles that have been grooved, there is a lot of information that can be gleened from them.

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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 09 Mar 2012 06:33 #3

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Hey Karl thanx for that. Ive been reading around the site. Today I got a used carb from a Subie just like mine at Pick n Pull. Throttle body is thick enough to groove w/o spacer. But as attached pics show, there is an area under the Primary butterfly where the bore is notched alongside the big screw clamping throttle body to main body. And throttle body is cast iron. Hopefully you and others can see this in the pics. I believe its risky regarding bit life to groove in iron, so I would use 3 in 1 oil, PB Blaster or other to lube bit also run at slow speed. The material between the screw notch and the butterfly is about1/8 inch wide. There is also a tiny vacuum port that the groove would probably pass over but I think I could ensure its still open even if in the Groove. What does anyone think about a "compound" groove, that is using a larger bit for most of the Groove and switching to smaller size under this notch...? I could maybe grind down the big screw head to reduce diameter a bit and then try JB Quick to fill in this notch--BUT I'm also concerned that there may not be much native material for JB to bond with w/ attendant risk of JB falling into the intake..? OR using a partial Groove that ends without trying to squeeze into this thin area under the notch..? My plan is to groove this iron throttle body then swap w/ one already on my car to minimize downtime. BTW my last daily driver an '81 Mazda626 also had an iron throttle body...but I think we Gadgetmen/Gals wont see many cars like this as most are gone today. Thanks to all who read this long post, TracyG
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 09 Mar 2012 19:34 #4

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Hi Tracy,

Is that the fully closed position or the 'idle' position?

Also, when you do attempt the groove, I would carefully touch the bit off the material with plenty of lubrication and then check to see the results. If it doesn't displace any material then all you are going to do is ruin the bit, which you do not want to do.

Iron has a tendancy to hold in heat so it will require lots of cooling as well as lubrication.

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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 09 Mar 2012 22:37 #5

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Hi Tracy,
The bits were made to cut aluminum. You will definitely be sacrificing the bit(s) and I will be surprised if you get much cutting done. Just so you know what you are getting into. The bits are not carbide cutters.
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 10 Mar 2012 04:43 #6

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hi Karl, yeah that's the fully closed position, idle speed screw backed all the way out.
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 10 Mar 2012 04:53 #7

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Hi Nick, yes you're right, I spoke w/a guy at an industrial tool supply place today and he confirmed what you and Karl say. I would only likely fry a bit on this throttle plate...Waaahhh!! The Subie is my daily driver and already does OK on MPG usually about 30 in combined city hiway use, better on just hiway. She has produced 37 MPG for real on a drive to calif. over 7200 ft. Donner Pass to Grass Valley and back to Reno last summer on I-80. But I want MORE!! I have always wanted to see her break the 50 MPG barrier And I think she can if I can just Groove her...(sob!) LOL! thanks guys! TracyG
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 10 Mar 2012 11:02 #8

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Hia Tracy, and gadgeteers How about using an alluminium spacer, Ideas
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 12 Mar 2012 04:21 #9

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Hey Markus, I thought/wrote about a spacer here before I got this carb from another Subaru like mine. I realized a spacer wouldn't work or be necessary as the carb's base throttle plate is thick enough to be grooved. As I understand, a groove in a spacer would be too far down from edge of throttle blade to work., the groove needs to intersect w/ throttle disc/blade edge. Plus of course this carb. base is iron which our bits cannot handle. I'm no expert and would love to be corrected on this- but I believe this to be the case. Thamks, TracyG
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 14 Mar 2012 04:13 #10

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Howdy Tracy,
looks like you got a two stage two barrel carby-tator!

From what I see in the pictures it looks thick enough to go ahead and groove it although like others here have pointed out you are gonna toast your bit when you cut it if it is indeed iron.

my suggestion is to cut some of the groove with a cheaper bit, then whip out the more expensive bit to finish it off.

since it looks like a two stage carb I would just groove the primary barrel first and not worry too much about the secondary barrel at all.

The groove works best when you are just "touching" the throttle anyway and (if it were my car) I wouldn't even groove the secondary. unless you are really going for performance.

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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 14 Mar 2012 06:02 #11

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Hey carby-tater, I like that handle! Yes it's a two stage 2-barrel carb., and I'd only groove the primary throttle. That's a good point about starting w/ another bit then finish with one of ours. Though I guess the iron (it really is iron) would still do a number on any HSS bit. Maybe a carbide burr of some type to start, I don't know. I'm going to think about this for awhile, no hurry on this one, I'm practicing on other alum. carb. and throttle bodies, going to try my first for-real Groove tomorrow on a Jeep throttle body. Thanks for responding, TracyG
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Re: 85 Subaru carb W/ thin iron throttle body 14 Mar 2012 15:09 #12

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I recently did a carb off a 1967 combine while in Topeka. Using a middle size bit, slow speed and PLENTY of 3-in-1 as a lube and the bit is still usable.

Tracy, didn't I provide you with an extra bit for this purpose? Use that one and rock and ROLL!

There's one MAJOR element that we should start applying on carbs and the stoopid computer systems. That is installing a pressure regulator on the fuel lines. In the new RV, I found over 5 psi, while all that is required is 1 psi. This means there is five times the fuel being PUSHED through the jets and the venturi.

More later after I install the pressure reg on the new RV.

Any ideas for names for the old girl? (or guy)

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