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I took the advice on this forum of lightly 'tapping' on the float bowls to free up float needle/valves, due to hiccuping/fuel starvation. Unfortunately, i seem to have unseated the float bowl on #3 carb, causing a vacuum leak. On inspection, it turns out that the closest accessible screw securing the float bowl won't actually tighten up properly. I removed it, and it looks like there was thread lock put on, which has caked on the middle threads. Should i replace the screw/lock washer and see if it helps, or is it likely the threads on the carb housing are stripped (no signs of thread wear on the screw).
 

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My money is on someone's having stripped the threads. It might be possible to install a Helicoil if there's enough meat and deptharound the screw hole, they do make some pretty small ones. In a pinch it might be possible to keep things working awhile with some Permatex (#1 hard setting) to seal the float bowl while you look on eBay or somewhere else for another carb.
 

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thank you. I'll wait until i get the carb off, and see what it looks like. You may be right about helicoil.
 
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