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Old 04-14-2004, 07:01 PM   #1
Scooby Newbie
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Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Calgary, AB, Canada
1981 1800 GL

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Hi All,

I have bought a 81 1800GL 'chaser' and am presently gutting it for racing on the 1/2 mi high bank asphalt oval. Our class is called the claimer cars because anyone from the stands can 'claim' any car on the track for $420... for more info on the class... wwww.claimercar.com

I have heard that the weak point of the car is the Carb, and some have suggested replacing it with a Webber carb. My questions are:

a) if I am doing the carb swap, if the adaptor plate has to be custom made... or can I swap from a later model? is re-jetting the carb an option?

b) anyone know some quick tips, or part swaps that I can do at the junk yard (ie, sway bars, offset rims, etc) to improve performance.

Thanks, will send pics once I get the paint and decals on.
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Old 04-15-2004, 12:15 AM   #2
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Join Date: Aug 2001
Chapter/Region: NWIC
Location: Portland Oregon
2005 Baja Sport
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There is a place that sells carb adapters in seattle washington...

I believe the address is www.bowwowseattle.com or something along those lines
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Old 04-17-2004, 11:10 AM   #3
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Location: SW Iowa
1987 GL Wagon 4WD
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I bought a Weber 32/36 DVEG conversion from Pierce Manifolds (www.piercemanifolds.com) for my EA82 powered 87 GL Wagon. Everything was fine in the kit, except the adaptor put the carb too far forward where the p/s pump and the a/c compressor needed to be. A custom CNC'd phenolic carb spacer took care of that.. If you are running an EA71 or EA81, www.webercarbsdirect.com still has a kit to get you converted. It should include pretty much everything you need. I drove my car for a few weeks with the old Hitachi before converting to the Weber, and the difference is night and day. The Weber is pretty easy to tune. It came with some directions on how to set the mixture just by watching the tach. And when you hammer down on it the bigger carb and (included) open element air cleaner make a really nice growling noise. I'd highly recommend the Weber conversion..
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