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Hot Rods What Happened to Hilborn?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 31hotrodguy, Feb 2, 2021.

  1. 296ardun
    Joined: Feb 11, 2009
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    Many have looked, even hired a private detective. The prevailing story is that it was scrapped and parted out.
     
  2. saltflats
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    Check with Nick Smithberg, he ended up a lot of inventory when the move was done.
     
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  3. 31hotrodguy
    Joined: Oct 29, 2013
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    That just sucks! Oh well I’m not a big Holley fan anyways.


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  4. French Grimes in Madison VA

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    Fuel Systems

    Fuel Systems are a mainstay of our business. We offer a combination of comprehensive knowledge, the best test facilities and experience that comes from 52 years of tuning with 25 years devoted to building winning fuel systems. When you need your fuel system and pump upgraded, we provide a service that cannot be equaled. We are not shackled to any one pump or injection line, so you can trust our recommendations on your system. In addition to a comprehensive stock of Hilborn and Kinsler fuel injection components, we have a proprietary product line that includes our no leak fuel modification valves, vapor-fuel nozzles, custom built injection systems and a tuning service that will optimize your injection system.
     
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  5. Beanscoot
    Joined: May 14, 2008
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    Hilborn is older than this, right?
     
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  6. crider
    Joined: Oct 21, 2008
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    Yes, Hilborn has been around since way before 1972
     
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  7. Glad I didn't buy a 4 port EFI a couple months ago and guessing it would be an even worse idea now. Looks like it's still available at Alky Digger, but then what do you do for tech support or parts in the future. May be time for a plan "B".
     
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  8. I was impressed with the tech support at Hilborn. They even worked with one off configurations. I sent them a 3hole inline and they customized it for 6-71, would fit 4-71 with new base adapter. So next question SWAP MEET HILBORN chasers...which way is the prices going..?
     
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  9. Roothawg
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    The only way it can go....UP.
     
  10. That's what I figured....can't wait for the "Pre Holley" good ones.... or the Cali EFI... version..
     
  11. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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    I have a set for my small CID motors and one for my big CID motors. I still need to buy the extra parts, like pumps, filters etc.
     
  12. ....yeah Pumps and drives. I can't help but think of the linkages, barrel valves and other parts I should have bought two.
     
  13. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
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    upload_2021-4-1_3-44-47.png 1960 61 year tradition

    Hello,


    Since we wanted to go fast in our 1940 Willys Coupe in the Gas Coupe and Sedan Classes, we had as big of a motor, SBC, as safely possible. This was the set up for bolting on a 671 supercharger. A 292 c.i. motor with 6 Strombergs was our limit at the time, but we did have this new scoop and the twin Hilborn Injectors already in a Los Angeles garage, just waiting for us to pick it up.

    The two port Hilborn Injectors were what the top Gas Coupe and Sedan racers had already gone to, with their endless supply of support sponsorship money. We stuck by the old Strombergs until our new order was ready for our next level of racing.

    Jnaki
    upload_2021-4-1_3-46-33.png
    Would the two port Hilborns make a difference? The results from all of the other racers in this division were making strides with more horsepower and faster quarter mile times. So, yes, it had to happen for our new purchase. Just in time for the U.S. Nationals in Detroit during September 1960. We were close to the C/Gas national record. (by a half second...)

    Hilborn is no longer in Aliso Viejo, CA, as the last So Cal portion of the Hilborn Injection business that started a long time ago. (Los Angeles and Laguna Niguel) But, the memories of the introduction of the two port injectors and the famous scoop will last forever. Thanks for the contribution to drag racing…





     
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  14. 36joe
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
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    from Tennessee

    Alkydigger.com
     
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  15. 31hotrodguy
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    Thanks 36joe, Alkydigger has been really helpful when I have bought stuff from him in the past.


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  16. 402BOSSMAN
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    I have the inventory that was left behind from the Holley buy out. I do not have any fuel system side of things but have a mountain of stacks and castings. I'm currently tooling up to make shafts, blades, and stacks the same way Hilborn did things. Don Enriquez, Gene Adams, and the Hilborn family have been super helpful in giving me hints on how to do things and to identify the things I have. I will continue to restore injectors as I have been. I had 4 crates show up weighing over 3000# total of items. Rest assured I'm a younger guy that will help carry the torch where others may not.

    Nick Smithberg
     
  17. 402BOSSMAN
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    There are a ton of castings. I have an inventory list but I plan to make them mechanically complete for now to eventually put up for sale or build to suit.
     
  18. saltflats
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  19. mopacltd
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    I will be contacting you on stacks. Mine are two inch and when I get the manifold on the Model A I will know how tall the stacks need to be.
     
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  20. 31hotrodguy
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    Hey Nick, I’m really glad to hear you are doing this! I was wondering why no one had stepped up for this and again glad to hear that someone did!

    Scott


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  21. Way to go, much needed and appreciated Nick.
     
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  22. twopintsplease
    Joined: Dec 17, 2010
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    I to was looking for the Hilborn web site and ended up here , i have a throttle body that i was hoping to find out who was the original purchaser, any idea were the old records ended up ?

    And Nick good onya for purchasing the ram tubes and castings and having them available for those who need them
     
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  23. mopacltd
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    Talk to Don Enriquez at Holley. He got that info and even a copy of the original receipt for my stack injection.
     
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  24. FuelRoadster
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    I would *like* to talk to Don. I've called Holley and all they will do is take my number to have him call me. It never happens.
    Mike at Alkydigger said they still have the records of all Injectors they've ever sold, and said the same thing about getting in touch with Don--it's difficult.
    I have a 2-Port upright for a 6/71 and here's the info on it that I got when they were still in Calif.
    However, I acquired another one and would like to know the origin, who's it was, specs etc. The number stamped on the one in question is 581. Any help is appreciated. HILBORN.jpg
     
  25. Nice job getting all those components.
     
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