View Full Version : 83 SS carb issues?

08-13-2013, 03:58 PM
Was out the other day skiing and boat was running great, then all of a sudden I lost all power and the boat died. Got it started but ran extremely rough and would only go about 5-10mph and I didn't want to push it. It was also running extremely rich and smelled like gas.
Got it out of the water to run on a fake-a-lake and noticed the butterflies were not opening.

I'm not a carb guy but does this need a rebuild? It's a 4160 Holley. The boat has ran great all summer till now. At least 60 hours since June.

Any help would be appreciated.

08-13-2013, 04:43 PM
Sounds like the choke cap came loose or the spring inside the choke cap came disconnected. Loosen the three screws on the choke cap a little and try to turn the cap and see if that will open the choke. If it does, set the choke so it is lightly closed on a cold engine, and check to see if its fully opened after 90 seconds.

If the choke doesn't turn, remove the cap and look for broken parts.

You don't need to rebuild, just to get the choke working again.

08-14-2013, 06:20 PM
great! I'll check that. Thanks for the help.

08-15-2013, 12:10 PM
wasn't the choke cap. everything looked good there. Any other ideas?

08-15-2013, 01:32 PM
When mine was doing this the high speed jets were dumping fuel in the engine at idle. Float was stuck.

08-15-2013, 02:13 PM
When mine was doing this the high speed jets were dumping fuel in the engine at idle. Float was stuck.

I had a similar problem a few years back. The front bowl floats weren't working properly because the circular cap on top of the bowl came loose.

08-15-2013, 02:42 PM
Sounds like you are getting too much fuel. I would get it started and take a look down the carb and see if the fuel is spraying nicely or pouring in. Then shut is off and take a look in the carb to see if fuel is still coming through.

If the fuel is still coming in after you shut it off, you have a problem with the float, float adjustment, or needle & seat.

If it runs way to rich but isn't leaking after you shut it down, you likely have a blown power valve. Did it backfire shortly before it started running poorly?

08-15-2013, 02:50 PM
no backfire that I can remember. Fuel is definitely pouring in not spraying.
I'll check on the float.

08-15-2013, 02:55 PM
You may just have a chunk of crud keeping the needle and seat from closing.

When you have the bowl off, check the power valve. If you are holding it by the hex end, you shouldn't be able to turn the small end.

08-15-2013, 04:36 PM
Depending on how long it is has been since that carb has been rebuilt, you may have to upgrade to the new screws with the rebuild kit. The old screws have springs on them and are difficult to reuse more than a couple of times. Also make sure you get a marine rebuild kit, the automotive ones have the wrong power valve and a couple of mismatched gaskets.