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Post by 76 Malibu on Sun Oct 07, 2018 9:47 am

My Malibu has a 350 with a 2GC 2bbl carb. The carb is in need of a rebuild so I thought now would be the time to swap to a 4bbl. I found a used QJet in decent shape. Its carb number is 17082283. I believe this cross references a 1982 Chev truck with a H code 305 and a manual transmission.

Would this be a good carb for a 1976 350 2bbl? I'd buy a carb kit and overhaul it before I installed.

Besides the new intake, what else is involved with this swap?
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Post by Joe73 on Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:11 pm

81 or 82 was the first year of computer controls on vehicles. Is that carb for a computer car? Its limited on what the computer controlled on the carb but I wouldnt use it if it were.
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by 76 Malibu on Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:25 pm

Sorry I should have specified this carb is a Canadian emissions carb. So it's like the pre 1981 USA carbs. Canada didn't get electronic Qjets until 1987 (for the most part). I have owned and rebuilt E4MEs and I much prefer the mechanical carbs.

I was just more curious how close the calibration, rods and jets etc, on this carb would be to run on my mostly stock 76 350.
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by 73ss on Sun Oct 07, 2018 5:23 pm

That is a great carb to use. The trucks didn't get the electronic carbs, except for a few odd-balls with a computer controlled accelerator pump. It should be a 800cfm unit with electric choke. If no one has messed with it, the jetting should be very close if your engine is all stock. Once you install it and get it running, You don't want to see any fuel dripping from the boosters at idle. If you do, You'll need to open up the idle ports and the bypass air ports a few thousands.
If the throttle shaft is worn and has slop, There are several on-line companies that can rebuild the base plate for you. If its sloppy, It will be a vacuum leak.
I'm running a 17084228, same carb as you but mine was from an 84 305ci truck. I couldn't be happier with it. I have it on a 454. It did require alot of changes to idle happily on the 454. I get plenty of "armchair racers" that tell me I need to ditch it and get a holley. I just smile. You can pick up Cliff Ruggles Q-jet book and it will tell you exactly what to do. Lot's of good info.
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by 76 Malibu on Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:49 am

Thank you for the reply. Based on what you're telling me, this sounds like a great carb to buy. Being that this is a manual transmission carb, will it have provisions to hook up to a Th350?

Besides the intake, what other modifications are require to make this swap work? I am assuming I will need to make up a new fuel line, maybe modify the throttle linkage? Any parts needed?
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by 73ss on Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:49 am

good catch, no it probably will not have the attachment for the kick down cable. See if you can get a pic. Unless you want to swap base-plates with another carb, You'l have to find another carb with the attachment.

You'll need to round up a 4 barrel throttle cable bracket & fuel line. The cable itself should be fine with the 4 barrel.
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by Iggy on Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:41 am

1982 truck carb is a great on for replacement, you may want to look at Cliff's High Performance for your rebuild kit - his kits are compatible with alcohol in the fuel if you have that problem. He can also advise you on jetting for your set up. My experience with the 305 truck carbs is they were too lean with the factory jets, I usually had to step up to 74 primaries to get them to work properly on a 350 or 400 SBC
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by 76 Malibu on Tue Oct 09, 2018 1:16 pm

Thanks for the advice. I will check out Cliff's for a kit. When I have a chance I will see if I can gets some pics of it to see if it has the kick down attachment.

How hard is the 4-bbl throttle cable bracket to come by? Will any 4-bbl Q-jet Chevy work?
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by pila on Tue Oct 09, 2018 2:43 pm

The throttle arm on a stick-shift carb doesn't have the provision for the "kick-down cable". like mentioned. The bracket to hold the throttle cable & TV cable, is available from multiple sources, like Summit Racing etc, and maybe even local auto stores..usually in chrome plated versions. When I switched my '74 Malibu to a 4bbl, I had to get a new throttle cable, but mine is for a Holley, so yours may work with a Q-jet. The 2-bbl carbs were phased out bu GM, due to too many warranty issues,and went to the Q-jet.
Never had a issue with the 2bbl 2GC carbs myself.

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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by fasrnur on Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:14 pm

I did that same swap this past spring and did not have to change anything when it came to the bracket for the cable or change the cable itself. I did have to change/ make a new fuel line though. Not a tuff swap at all.

On a side note. I usually get about 16-18 on the highway with mine running at about 2600-200 rpm on the highway.
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by 76 Malibu on Wed Oct 10, 2018 6:52 am

fasrnur wrote:I did that same swap this past spring and did not have to change anything when it came to the bracket for the cable or change the cable itself. I did have to change/ make a new fuel line though. Not a tuff swap at all.

On a side note. I usually get about 16-18 on the highway with mine running at about 2600-200 rpm on the highway.

Do you have any pics showing the setup?
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by fasrnur on Wed Oct 10, 2018 9:36 pm






Hope this helps and sorry for the poor quality of the pictures sir.
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by pila on Thu Oct 11, 2018 5:46 am

For the folks needing Q-jet parts for tuning or repairs, here's a place I've used: http://quadrajetparts.com/shipping.php

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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by Hs1973 on Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:39 pm

I am a bit confused. All of the elcaminos and chevelle i have owned has the kickdown kable attached to the trottle pedal under the dash? Why would he need a carb with a kick Down bracket ? On what looks like an original car. Mine have been different years and all have had the kick Down kabel going trough the firewall to the pedal, or am i missing something? Just curious
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Post by pila on Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:06 pm

As far as I know, the gas pedal for the cable was phased out around 1975.  My '74 had that, which I switched over to the later type....

Also, I have two throttle cables, if anyone wants 'em ...just for postage ! Very Happy

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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by 76 Malibu on Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:38 pm

Thanks for the pics, they are helpful. If all goes well, this will be one of the swaps I do on the car next spring. I haven't had a chance to go check out that carb again, but its only $100 so I may go for it regardless.
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by Hs1973 on Sat Oct 13, 2018 8:54 am

Ok that makes sense then. My current chevelle is a 75 wich has the gas pedal kickdown kabel. I havent had one from 76-77 so i just thought all years had them. Thanks for clearing that up
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Re: 2GC to QJet Swap

Post by Hawk03 on Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:16 am

I don't even have my kickdown cable attached to the carb or transmission. Its attached to the bracket but not to the carb, its just hanging in the engine bay.
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