11-30-2018, 03:39 PM
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Central coast Oregon
typical newbie questions I'm guessing...
So I've owned my '86 Sami for about a year now and haven't driven it all that much because it's just embarrassingly slow on the hills on Hwy. 101 here in central Oregon. It absolutely shines on the dunes when the tires are deflated to 12lbs motoring up stuff I would have never guess possible, if (and this is a big 'if') the revs are kept really, really, high approaching the dune. As soon as the revs drop below about 3k the gutless 1300cc motor simply loses steam quickly. And since staying on top of the sand requires about 20mph of speed, 2nd gear in low range can do the trick most of the time.
Here's what I'm curious about. The stock carburetor is junk and maybe the fuel pump as well. The accelerator pump doesn't work worth a damn (I'm guessing) as leaving the the car for two days without driving requires pumping the pedal at least a dozen times, cranking for a 10 seconds, pumping the pedal for a dozen more times, cranking for 10 seconds, pumping the pedal for a dozen times, cranking, pumping, etc.
If there is gas in the float bowl, one pump on the pedal (to activate the choke?) and she should fire right up.
But that's not happening.
So I was just wondering... Replacing the stock one-barrel carb with a two-barrel Weber (or equivalent). Better power? Shitty mileage?
Any input is appreciated.
Thanks in advance,