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There are no restoration places here in Tucson to rebuild my Tripower Rochester carbs, but I have found a mechanic that says he can but hasn't worked on a Tripower. Would it be ok for him to rebuild them or are they any different from any other rochester carb? I've seen a few online that want $500+ but then having to send them out and what not, I'd rather do them in town.


Also, anyone know where I can purchase the linkage?

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I am not sure what your mechanical capabilities are and depending on what condition yours are in these carbs are not that difficult to restore/rebuild. You need a clean place to work, hand tools and compressed air. I have just completed my third set and so far so good all has turned out well. Not sure if you subscribe to High Performance Pontiac, but back in Jan - April 03 issues, Jim Taylor wrote a great how to series. Not sure if these still can be viewed on line. Be careful where you buy your rebuild parts, as the pump plungers in the cheaper sets do not tolerate the new fuels that we use today. Carb rebuild parts are available from John at the Carburetor Shop in Eldon MO, great to deal with and very knowledgeable. You can check but I believe that he also rebuilds. Linkage etc is available from Ames. I see you are in Tucson, normally I spend part of the winter in Tucson. Good Luck
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Mike Wasson has a great reputation for rebuilding tripowers....some say he is the best. I"ve talked with him and he is a very helpful guy.

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If there not damaged, rebuilding should be nothing more than cleaning, new gaskets, needle/seats and check the float level.. As long as you can get the correct gaskets for the outer carbs it should be no big deal to rebuild them.

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If there not damaged, rebuilding should be nothing more than cleaning, new gaskets, needle/seats and check the float level.. As long as you can get the correct gaskets for the outer carbs it should be no big deal to rebuild them.
I have the part #s for the rebuild kits if you need them, but spot on about the correct gaskets. The kit includes about 6 different gaskets, but only one is correct. Using any of the other ones will cause gas leaks. When I first got my car they had used the wrong gaskets and it caused the car to start on fire!! They gave up on the tri-power and installed an edelbrock intake and carb. Once I figured out what the problem was it didn't take long to repair.
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I was just going to pickup the kits from yearone since they have the exact ones for the center carb and the outside carbs.
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NAPA Echlin part #s
Center = 2-5146C
Outboard = 2-5419
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year one will cost double napa's price, plus shipping.


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So I will only need these NAPA kits for the rebuild? Never rebuilt one, but if I can get the parts at a lower price I will take them to my mechanic.
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I 2nd Mike Wasson. He has a great reputation and was extremely helpful on my rebuild. He found enough wrong with my already rebuilt carbs and set it all square.
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