May, 2013 News:
*Our new hours will be- Monday through Thursday from
*Shipping will be done on Fridays only.
*Turn-around times will be a minimum of 2-4 weeks on rebuilds
and 4+ weeks on restorations.
*Effective immediately I will again be accepting non OEM
carburetors for work. In the case of non OEM carburetors all work
performed shall be done with the owners understanding that
there is to be no warranty.
*Effective immediately, any repairs or modifications not performed
by Vintage Musclecar Parts immediately voids any and all
warranties. In the event of any warranty issues, the item must be
returned to Vintage Musclecar Parts for evaluation
and any necessary repairs. Vintage Musclecar Parts will not under
any circumstances offer any reimbursement for any work
performed by any other sources or vendors. There will be
absolutely no exceptions to this policy.
FAQ's and Shipping Information
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"Can you just fix this one thing for me?": Effective immediately, due to recent difficulties performing minor repairs as a result of poor prior service or restoration work by other vendors I will no longer be accepting in any carburetors for "partial" repairs and/or service. This includes bushing baseplates. Any carburetor shipped in for servicing will now be subject to a minimum service of a full basic rebuild, even if previously fully restored by another company.
Rochester & Carter built Quadrajet carburetors: I am again taking in Quadrajet carburetors for rebuilds & restorations on a limited basis. Currently though I am not able to accept for service or restoration electronic feedback (computer controlled) carburetors at this time. As my resources for "hard parts" (castings, linkages, throttle shafts, etc.) for these carburetors is extremely limited, I am requesting that customers make every attempt to ensure their carburetor is complete and intact before sending it in. In the event I receive a carburetor with missing, incorrect or damaged "hard parts", I will advise the customer and it will be their responsibility to source and obtain any necessary items. The carburetor will be taken out of process and placed aside until the necessary parts have been provided.
Smog/Emmision spec carburetors: Due to the fact that these particular units are calibrated exceptionally lean from the factory, these carburetors will most often require significant recalibration to perform satisfactorily with today's fuel blends. As such, please note that these carburetors will not be "smog legal" after being serviced, and they may also have diminished fuel mileage capabilities as well. There may be additional costs involved with these carburetors, and the costs will vary depending on which model of carburetor is being serviced.
Warranty re-check policy: In the event that a malfunctioning carburetor is suspected, the first thing that must be done is to ensure beyond a reasonable doubt that the carburetor actually is the problem, and if it is, that it's not a simple case of installation error or mis-adjustment. Nearly all the carburetors I receive back for a re-check have either fallen victim to fuel contamination or some form of mis-adjustment. I do make every effort to ensure a carburetor is correct before it is returned to the customer, but mistakes do happen now and then, and in the event something was missed during servicing, I will correct the issue at no cost to the customer and they will be reimbursed for their shipping expenses (no overnight or express services, standard ground shipping only). However, any issues which are the result of improper installation or contamination will be subject to a minimum $60.00 service fee in addition to the return shipping charges. This is why I'm asking that the customer make every possible effort to ensure the carburetor is at fault lest they incur additional expenses unnecessarily. Please review the warranty information provided for further details, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
In the case of work perfomred on non OEM carburetors all work is done without warranty either written or implied.
Holley carburetors with side pivot float bowls: Be advised that ALL Holley carburetors with side pivot float bowls will have any casting plugs epoxy sealed in order to protect against the possibility of leaks. There will be no exceptions to this process. This includes Corvette carburetors. (Judging points do not take precedence over the potential risk of an engine fire!)
NOTE! Previously rebuilt, restored or "remanufactured" carbs:
Carburetors which have been previously rebuilt are welcomed. However, if your carburetor has been previously rebuilt by a volume "remanufacturer" (look for a sticker of some sort on the carburetor), please do not bother even sending it in, I won't even bother to open it up. These carbs are notorious for having incorrect parts installed and are more of a problem than they are worth. If you do send one in, you will immediately be contacted and advised of the situation, and it will be returned as delivered once return shipping arrangements have been made. Carburetors which have been previously restored are also welcomed. However, please be advised that the chromate finish(es) on previously restored carburetors may be compromised during the cleaning process. This is dependent on the quality of the previous restoration, and as such I can not make any guarantees in regards to the preservation of previously restored or rebuilt carburetors. Carburetors with intact original finishes normally do not exhibit any deterioration during the cleaning process, but those with compromised finished will likely be dulled.
"What's the difference between a rebuild and a restoration?"
A basic rebuild consists of dis-assembling the carburetor completely, cleaning, machining the appropriate mating surfaces flat again, repairing or replacing any damaged or excessively worn components, and re-assembling the carburetor using all new gaskets and OEM-quality (or better) components. A restoration consists of all of the above, but also includes removing the remnants of the carburetors original finish(es), and re-plating all the components back to their original appearance.
I refinish all my carburetors using the appropriate, correct chemicals and processes. I do NOT use spray paint on any of my carburetors.
"Will my carburetor be ready to install when I receive it? Will I have to perform any adjustments myself?"
Your carburetor will have all the basic adjustments pre-set and will be ready to install when you receive it. However, there are some final adjustments you will be required to perform once the carburetor is up & running. Float levels will be pre-set on carburetors w/o externally adjustable floats; all carburetors with externally adjustable floats (i.e. most Holleys) will require adjustment. You will also be required to perform final adjustments on the choke settings, fast idle speed, curb idle speed and idle mixture trim settings. If you aren't sure how to perform these adjustments, I will be glad to help you along, just ask.
"How long does it take to rebuild and restore a carburetor?"
Turn-around times vary, but normally a basic rebuild takes 2-4 weeks, and restorations normally run 4+ weeks, sometimes longer depending on parts availability.
"What if my carburetor is damaged, or missing some components? Can you still fix it?"
Oftentimes carburetors will arrive to me with damaged or missing components, or even incorrect components installed. It's not at all uncommon for carburetors to arrive stripped of their choke hardware, or in the case of many Holley carbs, equipped with incorrect float bowls, metering blocks, and incorrect or broken throttle bodies. These components can usually be repaired or replaced, albeit at an additional cost. Please consider that some of these components can be rather difficult to locate and rather expensive once they are located.
"What are your payment options?"
Payment options are currently limited to cash, personal checks, bank checks or US postal money orders. I can not take credit cards at this time. All personal checks and bank checks will be held until they clear (3-5 business days minimum). USPS money orders are strongly preferred and permit quicker return shipping (normally 1-3 days). Full payment is not required until the job is completed unless I am supplying a carburetor for you; in that case, I will quote you with a total and full payment will be required up-front before the job can begin. If you have provided a valid email address with your work request form, you will recieve a tracking email when your item is to ship back. Please refrain from calling to inquire about shipping status unless you have recieved a tracking email and your item has not arrived in the alotted timeframe.
"Do you offer a warranty?"
All restored and/or rebuilt items supplied or serviced by Vintage Musclecar Parts carry a 90 warranty valid from the date the item was shipped to the customer with the exception of non OEM carburetors. Non OEM carburetors will carry no warranty and are not returnable. This warranty is valid for the original purchaser only, and is non-transferable. Vintage Musclecar Parts warrants their serviced and/or restored components to be free of defects in workmanship or materials only. No other warranties are expressed nor implied and Vintage Musclecar Parts disclaims any and all liabilities that are not covered below.
This warranty covers only the items serviced by Vintage Musclecar Parts, and does not cover any persons, peripheral items, components, systems, nor any vehicle these components are installed on. Vintage Musclecar Parts' sole responsibility is to repair or replace the defective component only. If suitable repairs can not be made and a suitable replacement component is not available, at their discretion Vintage Musclecar Parts will refund the cost of any defective parts and/or services provided by Vintage Musclecar Parts to the customer. This warranty does not apply to any items that have been subjected to any non-oem modifications, non-oem installations and/or applications, improper installation and/or adjustments, misuse, neglect, accidents, damages in transit, any manner of contaminants, improper storage, improper modifications or repairs made after the component was delivered to the original purchaser, and any component(s) used in high performance or racing activities.
In the event of a warranty claim, the original purchaser must contact Vintage Musclecar Parts before returning the component. Items must be returned with a copy of the original invoice, and in packaging suitable for shipping. Vintage Musclecar Parts assumes no responsibility for any lost or damaged returned items that are insufficiently packaged or uninsured. This warranty supersedes any and all previous warranty information.
Any repairs or modifications not performed by Vintage Musclecar Parts immediately voids any and all warranties. In the event of any warranty issues, the item must be returned to Vintage Musclecar Parts for evaluation and any necessary repairs. Vintage Musclecar Parts will not under any circumstances offer any reimbursement for any work performed by any other sources or vendors. There will be absolutely no exceptions to this policy.
"Do you do 'survivor' carburetors?"
I consider these to be the same thing as a basic rebuild, so there is no problem rebuilding your existing carburetor to "survivor" condition. However, if you contact me to purchase a carburetor directly from me, there will not be any price break for a rebuilt unit over a restored one; the price will be the same for the carburetor whether you purchase it as a fully restored unit, or as a basic rebuilt "survivor" carburetor. I do not sell carburetors as "cores" under any circumstances, so please do not ask.
"How do you handle shipping?"
I ship once a week on Fridays via FedEx. If you have a shipping account with another carrier you can arrange your own return shipping as long as you schedule your own pick-up appointment. I will not be responsible for any damages that occur during shipping under any circumstances, and return shipping insurance for the full value to replace the item is mandatory.
Shipping information: First and foremost--this is VERY important!
Please note the following changes: all items must be accompanied by the new shipping form which can be found on the main page and at the conclusion of the shipping instructions provided below. The shipping form must be completely filled out and signed before any work can begin on your items.
Shipping instructions: This is VERY important, please don't mess this part up. When shipping a carb in, make sure to use a box that provides plenty of room for the carburetor. USPS $8.00 flat rate boxes are NOT satisfactory. I recommend a minimum size of 14" wide, 14" deep, and 10" deep, which is the same size I use to ship out. DO NOT USE FOAM PACKING PEANUTS TO SHIP YOUR CARB! I have had more carbs arrive damaged from shifted foam peanuts than from ALL other causes combined. I recommend either heavy-duty bubble wrap, or heavy duty shipping paper. A good indicator that your item is safe to ship is when you can hold the box closed and shake it and you can't feel or hear the item moving inside the box. I also strongly recommend insuring your carburetor for its full replacement value for inbound shipping.
Absolutely no walk-in business, even if you're local. Items will only be accepted through a shipping carrier. Any and all Ohio residents must pay the appropriate sales tax unless you can provide a valid tax ID number, there are NO exceptions to this, so do NOT ask. If you have read this far, you can click here for the shipping address. I apologise for the inconvenience, but I'm doing this in an attempt to make sure people read all the shipping instructions before sending anything to me.
One last closing comment;
I have been asked many times if I will re-stamp a carburetor ID or date code, or if I can provide a re-stamped carburetor.
In no uncertain terms, the answer is NO!
I take extreme issue with the current crop of unscrupulous sellers who are passing off service replacement carbs that have either had their ID's ground off and re-stamped as an original dated carb, or those who add bogus date stamps to new re-issued carbs and again try to pass them off as originals. A certain very popular internet auction website is RIFE with examples.
(For what it's worth, there are numerous differences between many of these replacement carbs and the originals, and a trained eye can usually spot one of these replacement carbs fairly easily)
If YOU want to buy a new service replacement carb and have a date code stamped into it, that's fine, but don't ask me to do it.
Some will argue "well, it's for my car, and as long as I own it I'll never try to pass it off as an original carb." That's all fine & dandy, but what happens if/when the car is sold? Are the consecutive owners going to be as "honest" about these bogus components? Not likely. Then later on down the road someone finds out "I" sold someone a re-stamped carburetor and my reputation and credibility immediately go down the drain.
I hope that clears that up.
That covers the basics. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask. Feel free to give me a call during business hours (Monday through Thursday from 10:00am-4:00pm eastern time) or send me an email at the link on the home page.
Thanks for taking the time to ready all this, and thank you for considering me as your carburetor resource.
These terms and conditions including warranty information are subject to change without notice.