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    1950 Buick 4 barrel???

    Going through the Stromberg documentation. On 16 August 1949, Stromberg sent a type 4A (4-barrel) to Buick for testing for the 1950 Buick series 70. We know that Buick did not adopt the 4-barrel until 1952, but thought Buick enthusiasts might like to know of the early testing. Jon.
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    1927 buick carb change

    Yes, the Rochester type B carbs are dirt-cheap, as many of the "stove-bolt" folks are replacing them with Carters Jon.
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    Trying to identify Schebler carb

    Carbking cannot help. I have yet to find a Schebler book which covers the model L in detail. Same is true for the models D and R. There are very few references by carburetor number in some of the early Schebler books, but no parts break-down. I have no listing for the LX-334. This should be read as model L, assembly number 334. The Schebler model L was used at least as early as 1908, and at least as late as 1914. I have shamelessly begged on these forums for those with early original equipment master parts books to send information on these three models of Schebler, but so far, no love. Hope you enjoy adjusting the "clocks" on the model L. Jon.
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    Carter carb 629S and Vacuum Chamber

    WELCOME! According to the Carter literature: The Carter 629s was an aftermarket replacement carb for 1941 Chrysler and DeSoto. In 1950, Chrysler used two different carburetors on the 251 CID 6. Early production was an E7L3, late production was E7L4. The E7L4 supersedes the E7L3. There is no record in the Carter documentation giving a serial number, or other, break as to when the change occurred. The difference is extremely minor; either could be used. Jon.
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    Early 20's carb ID

    I don't think the carb is Chevrolet. The 1923~1927 Chevrolet 4 carbs were a cross-flange, but the throttle arm would be on the opposite side of the throttle shaft. With the two large knurled adjustment screws, there is not room for the arm. I don't see a choke arm in the pictures. Similar carbs were used on Fordson tractors (not exact). No idea where to start it. Jon.
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    Who made this 20's 4 cyl engine?

    Cannot conclusively read the letters on the carburetor. It APPEARS to be CRAJX0, which would be a 1927 Chevrolet. If you could post the letters, I can narrow down the carburetor. RAJH0 would be some form of Chrysler EDIT: It cannot be a CRAJX0 as that carb has a cross-flange. Jon.
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    Marvel carburetors on Ebay

    Maybe 40 years ago, we bought a bunch of Marvel carburetors to disassemble for patterns to be able to manufacture repair kits. Of course, there were many duplicates, and I am now listing these on Ebay. Several are listed already, and still have more to list. Just search for Ebay seller carbking EDIT: the telephone rang while I was posting. I have another handful here in the shop to list. Further listings will depend on sales. It is a pain to take pictures, write descriptions, etc. and then put the item back on the shelf. I have an additional 235 Marvel carburetors, including some VERY difficult ones. However, all of the ones for Indian have been sold. Jon.
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    Zenith and Solex carbs in the US

    Tom - thank you, looking forward to the article. Should you have additional questions about American carburetor companies, I will try to help. Jon.
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    Zenith and Solex carbs in the US

    Ed - Talbot used both EX-22's and EX-32's made in France. Don't know if yours have this feature, but some of these have a fuel inlet featuring S.A.E. male thread into the carburetor bowl, and metric female thread to accept the metric banjo bolt Would delight in having a copy of that early catalog. Jon.
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    Zenith and Solex carbs in the US

    The "hands across the sea" ownership, sales, etc. is quite difficult to track down 75 or so years after the fact. In the original Stromberg (USA) documentation, there are a number of carburetors sold to "Bendix - London Branch", and "Bendix - Paris Branch". Many of these were designated to go to Zenith France or Zenith UK. Without digging into the files (still not completely digitized, hopefully by the end of 2019), some makes that come to mind are Rolls Royce, Daimler, Bugatti, Humber, Horch, Armstrong-Siddeley, Nerve-Stella, Adler, and Hotchkiss. Additionally, Delage, Delahaye, and Talbot used hybrid carbs that were basically Stromberg USA with some modifications (like the leaky banjo fuel fittings rather than normal fittings). Thanks to some of our European friends, we have been able to determine that these basically used Stromberg USA calibration parts and gaskets, and as such, we have been able to offer rebuilding kits. The records are not clear if Stromberg produced the carbs, or produced prototypes and the tooling, and the carbs were actually produced in Europe. My Zenith USA records are very good, but nowhere near as complete as the Stromberg files. Would guess there are many more, memory not as good as it once was. And would offer a shameless plea for ANY European carburetor application and bill-of-material documentation for pre-WWII vehicles. Jon.
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    Zenith and Solex carbs in the US

    Tom - I have no record of a Solex fitted by a USA manufacturer. Zenith is quite a different story. I show Zenith as being original equipment on USA produced cars as early as 1912, and there might be some earlier. They were used on literally hundreds of different cars, trucks, marine, agricultural, industrial, and even air applications; including the Ford model A as you mentioned. Sometime is the early 1920's, the company was acquired by Bendix Aviation, along with the Stromberg Carburetor Company. Sometime in the mid-1970's, Bendix went through the anti-trust breakup, and divested both Zenith and Stromberg to another holding company (Facet). Stromberg pretty much ceased operation, but Zenith continued to produce carburetors, and is still in business today, producing carburetors for some industrial applications. For the most part, Zenith sales for passenger applications in the USA ended in the mid-1930's. But they were still very much involved with truck, marine, industrial, and agricultural sale. Here is a link: If you would like to see various Zenith (and other) applications, try this link: and click on the various kit links (passenger, truck, marine, etc.) I never researched the early ownership of Zenith USA, but guessing it was organized as a totally different entity, possibly paying royalties, than Zenith France. I would love to acquire a copy of your article, when finished and you are able to release it. Jon
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    Up Draft replacement carb for 32 344cid

    Tony - there are a number of updraft one barrel carbs that would run the engine IF YOU HAD A SINGLE BARREL INTAKE! (Although the afore-mentioned pot of gold might come into play!) The issue is making the large single barrel work with the two barrel manifold. By the time you fabricate a plenum (DEFINATELY NOT AN ADAPTER) of sufficient volume for the conversion, I think the carb would be so low as to not fit in the existing space. Jon
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    Up Draft replacement carb for 32 344cid

    According to the title of your thread, you have a 1932 Buick 344 (assuming series 80 or 90). The following is based on the assumption that you have an 80 or 90 series: The 80/90 used a Marvel TWO-BARREL updraft carburetor. You are looking for a modern replacement. To my knowledge, the LATEST (modern?) two barrel updraft carburetors were: (A) Stromberg UUR-2 used on a WWII White truck, and (B) another Stromberg UUR-2 used on the late 1930's Bugatti type 57. The White truck carbs used to surface occasionally through military surplus vendors, to the chagrin of those buying them thinking they had found the Leprechaun's pot of gold; only to find they needed to empty their own pot of gold to convert the truck carburetor into passenger use. And do you really wish to compete with the Type 57 folks for the Bugatti carb? Assuming you acquire one of these (or an earlier UUR-2, UU-2 OO-2, Zenith 105-DC, Schebler S Duplex, Penberthy Duplex, Johnson Duplex, or Detroit Lubricator/Stewart Duplex), it still cannot be used with original manifold. You will have to fabricate a fairly complicated adapter; and you may/may not have sufficient clearance for any of the above mentioned carbs; and recalibration would be a major/expensive issue. Mark mentioned the Carter type BB-1 updraft, BUT THIS IS A SINGLE BARREL CARB!. One-barrel -> two-barrel adapters do not work well, especially updraft; PLUS the largest of the Carter BB-1 carbs maxes out on 1930 and newer engines at about 315 CID if you had a single barrel intake. Using a 1 ->2 adapter, I would not suggest using the largest BB-1 on more than 250 CID 1930 or newer engine. So what are your options? (1) use the original Marvel (bet Mark enjoys reading me suggest this ) (2) flip the intake and use a modern DOWNDRAFT 2-barrel (3) fabricate an entirely new intake to accept TWO single barrel updraft carbs (lie to your buddies that it was a factory performance option ) (4) fabricate a new plenum/adapter to mate one of the expensive 2-barrel updrafts to your Buick intake My choice, depending on the condition of your Marvel and riser, would be either (1) or (2), probably (2) above. Buick Marvel two-barrel updraft (no, it isn't a 90 series): Jon.
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    Car I wanted all my life from 21 till now 71

    Can offer no advice, but can offer memories of driving impression of a similar car. 1967 - special ordered Mustang 390 fastback GTA as a FAMILY car (wife and I). Actually, it was her car. The automatic transmission lasted about 1 week into the Ford strike in 1968. 13 weeks and the wife had my TR-3, and I had Dad's Ford pickup. 1968 - Ford finally settled the strike and got the auto transmission fixed; and promptly special ordered 1968 Mustang 390 GT (no miserable "A") fastback. Car plowed a little with spirited cornering, but still was quicker than most anything else in the baja boondocks of rural Missouri. Original Firestone wide ovals lasted almost 6k miles, and were replaced with Goodyears. Somewhat better handling, but still not up to my TR-3. Goodyears lasted almost 9k miles, and I was tired of changing tires! Replaced with a set of Goodyear radials. WHAT A REMARKABLE DIFFERENCE!!!!! Car no longer plowed in the corners. Really great performance for 1968.................straight line, cornering, cruising, whatever. The Goodyear radials still had about 60 percent tread after 45k miles when we traded the car for a better on gasoline version during the first gasoline rationing in 1973. One of only two cars I really wish I could have afforded to have kept. The only service issues (other than tires) is the steel GT wheels starting cracking at about 30k miles (YES, the car WOULD corner!). Ford replaced them under warranty at no cost to me. Was really fun to watch the wife drive the car (4 lane in town). Some kid would pull up beside her in his whatever at a stop light, look over and see the GT emblem, and start reving the engine. Light would turn green, and she would be waiting for him at the next light, and she was just driving, NOT racing. What a car!. Jon
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    Article on AACA's Zenith Award by Young Writer

    Very well worth the time to read. Very enjoyable, both what is written, and what is implied. Jon.