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Old 05-29-2013, 12:18 AM
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WOW! No wonder I had such a hard time getting my carb set up and running half decent. I changed the top plate from my existing 67 LTD 390 and put it on a 1969 Mustang carb that I used because the secondary vacuum pickup tube had broken on the old one. I bought the second carb for $40 for parts. The one has the plastic adjustable choke lever, the other doesn't. Amazing how many little changes they made year to year.
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Old 05-29-2013, 02:47 PM
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Not only year to year but possibly mid-year and rebuild kits sometimes have parts that have to be substituted in order to make other parts work.

For instance on my 64 Bird 390 the vacuum secondary diaphragm is "male", and the steel lever that acts on it is "female". Even the kit instructions don't know which one I'm supposed to have; you have to remove the cover to see. Many parts manufacturers only make the "female" diaphragm and supply a "male" nylon lever to replace the OEM steel "female" lever.

A replacement male diaphragm is much more expensive, if you can find one. I have discovered a way to convert a replacement female diaphragm to a male, by using a short #6 machine screw and threading it into the hole. That way I can use the OEM lever and the carb looks original on the outside.

Here's a picture of it showing the outside of the diaphragm and the OEM lever. I powder coated the steel parts to mimic cadmium plating.
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Old 05-30-2013, 11:03 AM
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I ran into that too Steve. I think it was my original carb on my 352 in my 59 T-bird. I modified it with a screw as well. Mikes carburetors has all the right parts and kits. They seem to be a little more expensive with a standard rebuild kit, but they can get you ALL the correct parts. See their rebuild video in the technical resource section.

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Old 05-31-2013, 12:18 AM
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Yeah I've bought one from Mikes before. I think it was $30, while a female was ten. Six months later, a different car, different carb and I ordered from a cheaper site and ended up with a female part. Stuck a screw in and lucked out.
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