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What Was the Last Car in America Sold With a Carburetor?

28 Oct 2022 at 21:25

the mere mention of which will likely fill your soul with either nostalgia or fear. Thanks to emissions regulations, automakers began to give up their carburetor addiction in the 1980s, and there are now two entire generations of motorists who think that “pump twice and crank” is something they wouldn’t want their mothers to catch them doing.Get more news about Carburetor For Nissan,you can vist our website!

Contrary to popular belief, carburetors are relatively simple and well-behaved devices, though some of the early attempts to get carbureted cars to comply with emissions regs were disastrous, resulting in hard starting and bad running. Although some late-model “feedback” carburetors can be difficult to tune, the truth is that even the worst carburetors aren’t all that terrible. If you see someone pumping away at the accelerator while furiously cranking a carbureted engine that won’t fire, chances are they simply don’t know what they’re doing. (Remember, pump twice and crank — and be patient.)

While researching a story on the Subaru Justy, often regarded as the last carbureted car sold in America, I began to see conflicting reports about how long carbureted cars actually lasted. I decided to delve in and find out.

Before we begin, a little note on the technology: When I say carburetor, I’m talking about the mechanical device that uses air pressure to draw fuel into the engine — this as opposed to throttle-body injection (TBI) units, which look like carburetors but use a single injector mounted in the throttle body. A TBI unit usually bolts into place like a carburetor (hence its appeal to automakers, as it didn’t require serious modification of the engine), and I’ve heard some people refer to it as a carburetor — but it isn’t.

As I mentioned a moment ago, the Interwebs often credit the 1990 Subaru Justy as the last car sold in American with a carburetor. Certainly 1990 was the year that the carburetor was reaching the end of the line; even humble Hyundai, still known for the cheap-and-crappy Excel, switched to fuel injection in mid-’89 for their 1990 models.

But claiming the ’90 Justy was the last carbureted car may not be justified. In 1990, General Motors was still installing carbureted V8s in Oldsmobile and Buick station wagons. And believe it or not, Honda was one of the last carburetor hold-outs: Despite being a relatively early adopter of multiport fuel injection in the 1980s, the base-model Prelude had carburetors — not just one, but two! — for the 1990 model year, though production was terminated early to make way for the all-new ’91 Prelude (which, of course, featured fuel injection across the line).


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