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Is the teapot holley carb any good?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by kscarguy, Jul 23, 2012.

  1. So if I don't go with the tea pot carb, what would be a good traditional carb to put on a 292? I have the four barrel intake for the tea pot and i heard that other carbs will not fit. But I can allways make an adapter.
  2. dickster27
    Joined: Feb 28, 2004
    Posts: 3,190

    from Texas

    How about going with the original 4 barrel with the small pattern you have. It's a Stromberg 4A Aero, the first factory installed 4 barrel, a year and a half in front of Carter's WCFB, which most think was the first. And Jon, the pictures you presented with the power valves look suspiciously like Rochester power valves.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  3. thanks "dickster" I'm headed for two days at Hershey this week and just would like to know what to look for.
  4. carbking
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 2,980


    Pictures can be deceiving. We have the valves made specially for us, and we put the proper calibration valve (they come in sizes from .024 to .140) in the repair kits; and yes, they are valves for the Holley 4000. Take a close look at the head of the valve. The Holley head is significantly wider than the Rochester head.

    We also have the power valves for the Rochester. Incidentally, there are 20 different power valves for various Rochester 2G/4G carbs.

    As for which came first, the Stromberg 4A or the Carter WCFB, I don't remember, but I do have the release dates on both in my files (original blueprints). The Carter WCFB, the Rochester 4GC and the Stromberg 4A were all released for use on 1952 model automobiles. The first of the haystack Holleys (the model 2140, not the model 4000) was first released in 1953.

    The Carter was easy to find. The 1952 Buick carb was released for testing on 7/26/1951.

    And in the for what its worth category, I have both the Carter WCFB prototype carb, and the Stromberg 4A prototype carb in my museum.

    Last edited: Oct 9, 2012
  5. carbking
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 2,980


    All of the early 4-barrel carbs have the almost square (3.75 x 3.875) bolt pattern. This includes:

    Carter WCFB 1952 to 1955~56 (they went to the rectangular pattern different years on different applications)
    Holley 2140 1953-1975 (yes Virginia, these carbs WERE used through 1975)
    Holley 4000 1955-1957
    Rochester 4GC 1952-1955
    Stromberg 4A 1952-1954

    Note that the later Carter WCFB and later Rochester 4GC have a rectangular flange, and will not fit.

  6. mtkawboy
    Joined: Feb 12, 2007
    Posts: 1,213


    We always called then space station holleys because thats what they looked like. I was friends with an older guy when I was a teenager who built Y-blocks for Nascar fords. I never thought they could run until I rode in a 312 he built with a set of space stations on it. Please understand this was around 1960 also. He also had the first 1960 352/360 Starliner I ever saw
  7. GinettaG12P
    Joined: Sep 1, 2012
    Posts: 31


    My 1956 Continental MkII even had one, so they couldn't have been all that bad - unlike the Treadlevac Power Brake system.
  8. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,834


    There is a guy locally who has been running a teapot on his flathead for many years.
  9. burnout2614
    Joined: Sep 21, 2009
    Posts: 612


    To the op'er Yes. peace
  10. 57Custom300
    Joined: Aug 21, 2009
    Posts: 1,347

    from Arizona

    Though I've never worked on one I have heard all the stories about them. Towering inferno, hugh flat spots, leaking etc. I've also heard to "contact this guy" he's great with them so somebody has them figured out. It's like the badmouthing of the Ford VV back in the 80's. Everyone was replacing them with Holleys but I could get those to purr like a kitten after I figured them out.

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