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    good day - have dual carbs now but only running on one (still pretty strong and driveable). would like to change manifold/carbs to perhaps simple double barrel or two barrel. anysuggestions. not a custom motor basically stock 1950 flatheadv8

  • #2
    First, WELCOME to VFF jcorvino!!

    I have found that the 8BA likes to run on the 97s with gusto. There are probably a wider selection of jets for the 94/97 carburetors than most of the others. If you are running the OD trans and have a manifold that will handle 2 97s I would set them up progressively so most of the time you only run on one and when you kick it into OD the second one kicks in.

    Since there is no location posted, it is hard to suggest a place to get the right parts. Let us help you by posting a location, just a city and state would do wonders.

    You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


    • #3
      Hi Wizard and thanks for the reply. i am not sure at this stage but the carbs may be 97's already. No OD trans just regular 3 speed. Buddy of mine left the car to me so don't know much about it at this stage. Had it looked over in a couple shops and seems to be in generally good working order except one carb is completely disconnected and blocked off for some reason and the second isn't in all that good shape but doesnt run badly. thus was thinking to put a regular carb on instead of trying to have them rebuilt. located in northern New Jersey.


      • #4
        The difference between 94s and 97s is easily identified by the external throttle pump on the top of the bowl. Well, since I am So Cal I can't do the touchy feely on the car to properly tell what if any are your problem, but I would say that your best bet would be to keep the setup you have since trying to put a modern carburetor on is going to be very costly. It may be that you can keep the manifold and simply upgrade to newer oldtime carburetor since they are out and around in abundance.

        I sure would like to be there and see just what was done and figure out why, but as I am poverty stricken that's not going to happen.

        I would put the yell out for any of the others on here in the area. We do have quite a few here, and I am sure someone will pipe up and maybe even help you out.

        You wana look waaay far up da road and plan yer route because the brakes are far more of a suggestion than a command!


        • #5
          It sound like you just want to drive the car and not be fiddling with it. I would try to source an original manifold and then an original 8BA carburetor. The stock set up requires less maintenance than a dual carburetor set up. You should be able to find one on the **** ****.


          • #6
            A lot of these cars have been through so many hands and so many hammer-mechanics, the carburetors are just too worn out or beat up to save without heroic efforts....
            Many times a good reproduction carburetor is the better route to go...
            I've not heard any complaints about this one:
            Regards - Randy
            Randy's Rod Shop
            1933 Ford Tudor "Bugsy"


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