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  1. Yeah, so I'm embarrassed to say I actually have one, just been putting off installing it. I think I learned my lesson the hard way, hahaha.
  2. Haha thanks! That was quite the rite of passage Probably float, will report back when I know for sure. But yeah this method worked very well and results were completely unambiguous. I recommend trying it out sometime. Tried reading plugs without a lot of luck, should've grabbed my colortune from the drawer of forgotten tools. It's usually not been super helpful for me, but I bet it would've caught this issue since the carb was so far off. Oh cool, I'll look that up! Thanks for all the advice so far
  3. Thanks Jasper, will do!
  4. I did have them close at about 2 turns down from where the jet sits flush, so best theory is that Miles' insistence for me to check float levels was spot on.
  5. I did discover something interesting along the way, sharing here in case it's helpful to someone. I've always had a really hard time telling whether my SU's were running lean, rich or just right using the damper piston lift method that's described everywhere. And just listening for differences in the quality of the idle and idle speed from adjusting jets doesn't really give clear results. So I've always struggled to tell whether I'm improving the mixture or making it worse. At one point, while the engine was at operating temp and running poorly, I unplugged the vent tubes for each float bowl from my air cleaner to check if either was overflowing. I then blew into each vent tube, one at a time. Doing this on the rear carb slowed the idle down. But on the front carb, it immediately idled faster. This convinced me the front carb was running lean. This was a very quick test to do, and the results were very unambiguous. I've never read about anyone doing this, but it was a lot more clear to me than any of the usual methods. I still haven't found transparent hose of the right size to measure float levels, but I'll try to still do that before I do my engine (and carburetor) swap and report back here.
  6. So I think I figured out what's wrong, you're all gonna laugh. My front carb was way lean. Adjusted it to run richer, problem gone. This doesn't explain why the issue occurred in the first place, before I took the carbs apart, but the car runs fine now. I found a few other minor issues along the way, I think the one that explains the rough idle was a mild vacuum leak in brake booster hose, but yeah the root cause for this was likely just user error.... smh.
  7. Well, so much for that theory. Ran the car with the fan controller on fail-safe mode (full on), problem was exactly the same.
  8. This is the style of fuel rail I have in my Z, I wonder where the restriction for the return line (to maintain pressure at the carbs) would be.. anyone here know?
  9. This seems relevant too and supports my heat soak idea somewhat: http://community.ratsun.net/topic/68156-rough-idle-rpm-drop-and-stalling-at-intersections/page-1
  10. Thanks Miles, I read that thread again (once before I started mine too and once again immediately after you posted it). I will look for some translucent hose that fits just to eliminate it but am convinced this is not my problem. My car runs fine at operating temperature for a while, and then starts to bog. I don't see how a float level problem could be fine and then change with heat soak. I think I'm dealing with something else. I did recently install a more efficient radiator, and my fans are electric and on a controller. This means they are pushing less air around the engine bay which means more heat soak. I'm going to drive the car until it happens again, pull over to wire the fans to run continuously and see if the problem disappears. One issue that's become more prominent is very low idle (and sometimes stalling) after a highway drive at operating temp. Pulling the choke raises the idle. So it seems I'm running lean, possibly due to vapor lock. I'll also check that the restrictive hole in the fuel rail for the return line isn't plugged.
  11. Here's some pics, thx for taking a gander
  12. I hear you Miles. I didn't check with a clear tube, but when I opened up the float bowls just after running the engine they were both at a good and similar level. Also, the car runs great when it first gets to operating temperature, the issue only happens after I run it under heavy load for a while, like a good 10 miles on the highway at high speed. So the symptoms don't seem to fit with maladjusted floats to me.
  13. Yup, both are one-piece throwaways. It doesn't but I ordered another $20 generic pump with 5/16" outlets on Amazon that gets good reviews, so I can just swap that in to see if it makes a difference.
  14. Here's a video I shot a week or so ago, showing what happens to the front fuel filter when I turn the electric fuel pump on after it's been off for a while. https://youtu.be/q7rO57iCIn0 It doesn't look like the filter is bad, but I have another one on the shelf, would it make sense to replace that as well? I have access to air tools and a lift, so I'm wondering also if it would make sense to disconnect the return and feed lines on both sides (one line at a time, using hose pinchers on the things they connect to) and blow them out with compressed air..
  15. A translucent plastic one in the engine bay and a metal one in the back. I'll try to get pics of those too.
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