Join Date: May 2010
Location: Williamsburg, VA
If it has been nuttered then everything wired to your computer, and any of the other connections can be removed (this assumes you won't need to have emissions inspections or keep the jeep in stock condition). Go to the Frequently asked questions and read several of the write-ups about nuttering. What you probably need to do to get idling back is to adjust your fuel air mixture needles to the proper position (look down the throat of the carb and you can see them). However, your centrifugal and vacuum advance may be messed up, and you really ought to change your distributor to one that works better than the small cap stock distributor (that one works ok for the stock setup, not so much for the nuttered engine). You can significantly clean up your engine and address your current problems, but you will also need to learn how to tune the carter for nuttered operation and will need to tune your engine for performance and economy. At this point you have some options
-keep the carter and set it up for the nuttered condition, clean out all the stuff from the engine
-change from the carter to an easier to tune and use carb like the motocraft or one of the others
-install a fuel injection system, whether from a kit or from a gm based system
There are advantages and disadvantages of each choice, and of course money gets involved!!!!!
I was in your position over three years ago and chose to pull everything off and throw a weber on. It worked ok, gave good power but I never could tune it the way I wanted. After messing with it for months I yanked it off and went to fuel injection. I would have saved myself 6 months and about $600 if I have made that choice to begin with. My experience may differ from others but with the carb the timing was never right, warm starts were an issue, fuel economy sucked (about 13 mpg) and there was always a smell of gas. Add that to the fact that no one seems to understand carbs around here at garages so I was mostly on my own left me with the idea that I may never get it all figured out.
Good luck and keep us posted.