Hey TK, looking at your photo and reading your description, I think there might be some confusion about what all those parts are. I think the 'dashpot' you're referring to (near the right in the photo, on the front of the carb) is actually the secondary vacuum pulloff - it's got nothing to do with a choke. There's not a choke on the secondaries --- only on the primaries, and in the photo it's already fully open. The plates on top of the secondaries are actually the secondary airvalve - they're supposed to be closed all the time unless the engine is running, under load, and you've got your foot in it enough to open the secondaries. The purpose of the dashpot is to hold the secondary air valves closed most of the time, until you step on it --- when you do that, manifold vacuum drops to near zero and the vacuum inside that dashpot will bleed off through a calibrated orifice, relaxing that link that holds the air valves shut, and allow them to open. Since in the photo the motor isn't running, there's no vacuum on the pulloff so it's "relaxed" and not holding the airvalves shut. What's holding them shut is the air valved tension spring. They won't open unless the engine is running and "pulling" on them with enough air flow to overcome the spring tension and force them open. That's one of the cool things about a QJet - when everything's calibrated and adjusted right, those air valves are going to open just enough to allow the engine to get all the air it wants, but no more. That keeps air flow velocity high through the carb so that all of its various circuits work well.