I have inherited a vehicle and need to get it on the road as a daily commuter as soon as possible. After extensive searching on the web, I have been unable to find any substantial information regarding this model car. It seems that some of the problems I am experiencing are fairly commonplace, but I need more info to find a solution. As stated above, the engine tends to race at idle, seeming to stick after pressing the gas. After pulling the air cleaner and watching the throttle return? pull back to normal, I have decided to replace the whole carb, as it is showing its age after being in storage for 13+ years. Prior to the racing engine problem, the car tended to choke out and die when left at idle for more than a few seconds. A mechanic tuned the idle up to prevent this problem, but obviously this was a band-aid fix. I ordered a complete carb from RockAuto, and took it out to replace it. Here's the rub: the carburetor from RA is a 2 barrel unit, for this model year. The carb on the car is a frankenstein throttle body fuel injection setup which I can't seem to find anywhere. Not even a picture. Does anybody in the community have any info regarding this setup? I'm curious to know if this is a half-year thing and I need to look to a later model year to find parts? Possibly related to the racing throttle issue, the transmission seems to slam into gear when shifting from park to either reverse or forward gear. The shift is barely noticeable when traveling at speed. I also noticed that the entire engine seems to shift up or down an extreme amount when putting the car in gear, sinking at least a few inches when shifting into drive. Is this a normal occurrence, or a symptom of some other problem? I have little experience with older vehicles such as this, and I immediately notice that there is a suspension mount of some sort bolted to the top of the engine block, effectively isolating the engine from the body of the car.
Thanks in advance for any help!