Which Holly

Discussion in 'Holley' started by citykid, Sep 10, 2014.

  1. citykid

    citykid Well-Known Member

    This question is probably too vague but I'll give it a shot.

    I realized that I have a different cam in the engine. Unfortunately I do not know what it is. I'd assume not a racing cam but could be mild to a higher performance type.
    The Q-Jet that's rebuilt is still having trouble with it. The mechanic suggested a Holly 600. Any thoughts?

    Told you it was pretty vague.:cool:

    1968 GS 400.
  2. LARRY70GS

    LARRY70GS a.k.a. "THE WIZARD"

    The Q-jet can handle it just fine, BUT, it must be built for the engine. The original Q-jet for your engine was a 750 CFM unit. A Holley 600 is not the answer. See the engine in my signature? I run a Q-jet on the street. It was built, and recalibrated by my engine builder. It idles and runs great, and gets 14-15 MPG.

    DEADMANSCURVE my first word : truck

    q-jets : mark in texas or ken at everyday performance in conn . either will ask ya some questions and can give ya an idea on what it will take I'm sure . ken is down below in the vendor section , both have always had good reviews . larry is correct - and if that was a "generic" rebuild it will NOT be tailored to your application . a lot of variations on those carbs .
    400v8 correct ? what intake do ya have ? if a spreadbore style ( q-jet ) then a standard holley will need an adapter and if its an aftermarket intake with a holley pattern then same deal - adapter needed for q-jet . spreadbore holleys are 650 cfm , same problem as a 600 - too small . actually they will probably run ok with adjustments but will run outa steam way early . don't buy a carb for the deal then have to make too big adjustments - do your homework and get the carb closest to what you need and make small adjustments .
    if you just have to use a holley I would recommend a holley #3310 . 750 cfm manual choke , vac secondaries . solid basic been around a long time carb . and there is an electric choke version also . the reason I say #3310 is because it is almost the same price as the basic holley 600 ( $315-$345 750 - $300 600 ) looks better and is better suited cfm wise . and with a little searching at swaps e-bay and CL etc I've picked up great lookin 3310's for $65-$125 . stay away from the ones with no choke or look like they've been apart a bunch of times . that way if you are not happy with it - sell it - no big loss . kits are $20-$40 depending , a ton of parts for 'em , easy to figure out and take care of .

    BUICKRAT Torque Rules!

    Buick 400 (even a Buick 350) needs 750 cfm. As stated, a properly calibrated Q jet will get you there. Holley 600 is not the answer, just a profit center for the parts store.

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