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Hot Rods Tattersfield intake

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HotRodWorks, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. HotRodWorks
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    I just picked up this Tattersfield intake. I have the linkage with it, but not shown in this picture. I also have an Offenhauser intake. It appears that the Tattersfield is a better intake. Does anyone have experience with comparing the two? I’m leaning towards the Tattersfield for the 235 in my 51 Chevy coupe.

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  3. 'Mo
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    IMHO, it just doesn't get better than the Tattersfield!
    Tattersfield was partnered with Tommy Thiskstun (the ORIGINAL hot rod parts manufacturer), and re-tooled and re-branded under his own name in 1948 after Thickstun died. I believe the company folded C. 1953.
    Besides the history, the manifold design is pure poetry (rivaled perhaps only by the original Thickstun "dog-bone".)
    Most obvious is the graceful curvature of the runners. (Compare these with the right angles of the Offenhauser, Fenton, et.al.) Just as important is the hump-back, partitioned (lengthwise) primary tube, which helps equalize fuel distribution by restricting the center port. Yep...Pure Poetry!
    Coupled to this, all Tattersfields are tooled for the 216 sized carb base, which is a better choice for dual carbs on the six than the later 235 bolt spacing used on all the re-pop manifolds. Carters are a good choice.

    Short version, Tattersfield wins, hands down!!!
    (BTW,
    the manifolds were originally painted blue.)

    (Thanks for the shout-out, Robert.;))
     
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  4. 302GMC
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    Yours is still in nice shape. 2 of the 4 I've found have been drilled thru the heat box after being stripped.
    Tattersfield is one of the few companies to serial number their intakes.
     
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  5. plym_46
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    Intake porn. Nice piece.
     
  6. Deucedreamer
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    I have that exact same intake. I ran mine on a 235 6cyl before I yanked it out and installed a blown 302 6cyl GMC. I really liked the Tattersfield intake. It fit well and worked really well. Mine is not in quite as nice a shape as yours. Someone at some point decided to grind a groove in the third “T”. No idea why except to maybe clear linkage? Anyway, it’s a cool intake and it’s not something you see everyday. It’s hanging on my wall now, patiently waiting for the day I have a chev 6 cyl again.
     
  7. HotRodWorks
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    Thanks for the input. The serial number is C6727
    I noticed the smaller port leading to the center 2 cylinders and also the balance tube in the plenum. This manifold has some corrosion in the heat riser area. I don't see any pin holes. I plan on using water heat instead of exhaust heat.
    serial number.jpg balance tube.jpg heat riser.jpg
     
  8. oj
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    Thats a very, very nice intake you have. I did one with a pair of Zenith's that works great. 539.jpg
     
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  9. belair
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    thanks for the history 'Mo. I have an old Thickstun going on my 55 2 door.
     
  10. HotRodWorks
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    That looks good. I'm undecided on carburetors. I might go with the smaller 2bbl holley webbers from Langdons.
     
  11. 302GMC
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    That's the highest number I've heard of - mine were/are all in the 2,000 - 4,000 range.
    Zeniths with adjustable main jets would be a great choice for that one ...
     
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