Carter YF electric choke conversion?

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    I have a 75 Comet 250 with a 1 bbl Carter Carb (D5DE-CA, from a 75 Mav) It is a thermal /electric assist choke and the choke tube is rusted away from manifold. I have considered a universal Dorman heat stove kit that you need to drill the manifold to use, and the kit that you strap the tube to the manifold. Have also been considering fabbing my own. Can I just skip all of that and convert the carb to an electric choke? The YFA model was an electric choke but I don't know if there are other things between the YF and YFA that would make an electric choke conversion useless. Any ideas if I can do this and if so what should I buy? I want to rebuild and keep my carb if possible.
     
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    I just walked in the house from trying to get the Dorman choke stove to fit. Don't waste your time or money. The metal the tube is made from will rip when you un-roll it. The tube is too small to fit the port in the exhaust manifold. It's not long enough to reach point A to point B on a RSB. None of the adapters in the bag fit a Ford OR the parts that came in the bag
     
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    Wow, really sorry to here that news. Unfortunately, that's exactly what I was afraid of. Holy cow! So now what? We seem to be in the same boat. This is why I'm thinking electric choke, but who knows what other problems that would cause.
     
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    Thanks for the kit info. I'll give him a call soon.
     
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    I been doing fine without a choke so far, but I can't come back in the house where its warm and keep a foot on the pedal at the same time. As far as "Now What?"...I'm gonna try copper tubing and use some of the Dorman parts that came in the kit and see what happens.
     
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    Should I just buy a refurb carb that's a direct replacement, like from advanced auto, pep boys or online instead. United, National and Autoline make them. They have electric chokes already, plus it will save me buying a much needed carb rebuild kit, and an electric choke too. In the end, it will cost just a little more to go new. What do you guys think?
     
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    I wud go w/ the new. Eliminate a lot of the hassles w/ trying to make something work. Sometimes it's worth a few extra dollars up frt to bypass a lot of hassle. Even if u put the kit in ur unit, if the shaft arnd the throttle plates are worn and let air anywhere but in the "airhorn" inlet; chances are u'll never get it to idle right. In past years I have had reman/rebuilts DOA . I wud get some suggestions on this forum frm those who have knowledge/experience on who has a rep for quality products. I don't have any exp w/ anything other than 4 barrel carbs.
    Like the comment on Mountain Mans website states: a lot of the rebuilders/reman ops work on quanity not quality.
     
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    Ok good points made mojo. Maybe this warrants a new thread but....does anyone have a good recommendation to make? I've been reading that Autolites are a good choice over stock. The inefficient log design will always be an issue that a carb alone will never solve. But if I buy new, I want to get the best carb choice for a virtually bone stock engine setup. I believe I at least need to stay with a 1 bbl setup but with an upgrade to electric choke. Where do I go from here.
     
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    I got my Dorman choke stove kit working. I replaced the tube with a copper tube from Ace Hardware. I had to drill the hole a little larger on the "cup" that is strapped to the exhaust manifold to get the tubing inside the cup. Actually I just had to make it a round hole instead of an oval hole. I used heat-shrink on the tube ends insulation to make it pretty. I'm sure the piece on the bottom will burn off soon. A coat hanger makes a great tool to make a patteren to know where to bend the tubing
     

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    Wow, that looks professional! How is the choke working now, back to normal??
     
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    Thanks. It seems to be working. This is the first time the choke has ever been hooked up on this carburetor. I’m expecting it will need a little more fine tuning. It did feel weird to hear the engine idling fast without my foot on the pedal. When I burped the throttle the rpm dropped like suppose to.(y)
     

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