A common problem with the Edelbrock carbs is too much fuel pressure. Do you have a pressure gage and know you have under 5.5 PSI fuel pressure? Frequently Ford pumps put out around 6 to 7 psi which is too much for the Edelbrock. If you are getting the tear gas smell at idle, this might be your issue.
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