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Technical What is your carburetor of choice?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Feb 3, 2021.

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  1. Give the guy good advice. Tell him to rebuild the carbs that are on the cars. Find out what shape the engines are in. If there are no carbs, go stock. Simple. Now there’s a serious answer.
    The guy is 22 years old? Let him ask. That’s how ya learn.
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  2. For 2 barrels, I will always go with a 2GC. As for a 4 barrel depends on the engine and theme. I have dual edelbrocks on my 33 and on my restored O/T Chevy is has a correct holley on it.
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  3. grumpy65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2017
    Posts: 925


    Yep, get your gear off and jump in, the water's fine.
    True, he may get some knockers, but if he is genuine he will also get some defenders.....;)
  4. jaracer
    Joined: Oct 4, 2008
    Posts: 1,475


    I've had cars with Holley, Carters, Rochester, Chandler Grove, Stromberg, and Edelbrock. When setup properly they all performed well. About the only carburetor I didn't care for was the teapot Holley on my 54 Mercury. However, I had a similar carb on a 55 Ford wagon and it ran fine. I have 3 carburerated cars at the present time. The Ford has a Holley, the Buick has a Carter and the Chevy truck has an Edelbrock. They all work fine.
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  5. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

    Holley two out of three in my heard, the other is Vic Jr's finest.
    Nova 327
    Holley 585 cfm.

    Roadster 427 small block.
    Holley 750
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2021
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  6. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,911


    Danny, answering the original question -
    Holley Double Pumper! My fav, because all my cars are V8 /4 speed. Love the response. His Chevy II might need one. Wouldn't mind seeing a pic of it, and the rest..
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  7. lemondana
    Joined: Feb 21, 2009
    Posts: 160

    from Lincoln NE

    Carter Thermoquad.
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  8. midroad
    Joined: Mar 8, 2013
    Posts: 296


    For outright power and tuneability a mechanical secondary Holley but you need an engine with the right bits to use it. For a basically stock V8 engine the Edelbrock carb is nice and simple to use and tune.
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  9. southcross2631
    Joined: Jan 20, 2013
    Posts: 4,414


    That's like asking what are your favorite shoes. different uses require different carbs.
    My favorite steel toed boots wouldn't be good if I was running a 5K or sandals wouldn't be good if I was grinding or welding even though some people do .
    If I am racing a Holley works the best . Even then you have different Holley's for different applications.
    You wouldn't run a Dominator on an automatic foot brake 4 cylinder. Or a 2 barrel Holley on a 500 inch 8,000 rpm big block.
    For the street I really like a good Qjet on most V-8 applications . I ran a Qjet on a 340 Mopar and it worked perfect.
    Lately I have installing Quick Fuel vacuum secondary carbs on all of the street builds I have been doing.
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  10. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,823

    from NKy

    They all seem to be good if tuned correctly . When I was a kid , one of the biggest mistakes was over carbing your engine . In this situation biggest is not always the best bang for the buck.
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  11. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,823

    from NKy

    Willys36 , Im surprised the Holley 3 barrel doesn’t have a secondary metering block . Out of all of the carbs I have ever rebuilt , I have never touched that style of Holley carb .
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  12. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 3,331

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    The obvious answer is the right cfm for the application, once that has been determined, it comes down to brand preference.
    People will swear by certain brands, and swear at others.
    Carburetors get a bad rap..most of the time it has nothing to do with the carb., more to do with the lack of knowledge to "set up"/tune the carb.
    An ill performing car more times than not, will be blamed on the carb., it seems to be the "go to" answer for all of it's faults.
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  13. I am not involved in any form of racing so I have no practical knowledge or experience with any particular style or brand of carburetor that may work better or worse for that application. For the street use and sbc application that I have -I have had very good results with Edelbrock carbs. That’s just my own experience.I find them very simple to tune and understand. However I think one may look a little out of place and may not fit the application on an early motor like a flathead or your friends banger motor.
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  14. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 21,952

    from Michigan

    Holley 4-bbl carbs....
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    Joined: Jun 6, 2007
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    Now we're getting somewhere.
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  16. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 8,481


    I've been using Edelbrock carbs for over 25 years now without any problems, easy to tune if required, I did tune 1, other 2 used right out of the box, 1 being just a cruiser type car, 2 were warmed up 355's hot rods, Edelbrock is a good product IMO. When I try to help a guy out I usually try to use the KISS system, "Keep It Simple Stupid". This thought process has served me well in lifetime, warn your newbee to not be overwhelmed in our great hobby, baby steps.
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  17. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,850


    Here's your answer!!
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  18. brokedownbiker
    Joined: Jun 7, 2016
    Posts: 621


    I've always been a Holley fan but the last two I used were nothing but trouble; I finally gave up on the one on my '51 Ford and put an Edelbrock on it. Best decision for that car/engine- runs like a top. Easy starts great performance.

    As far as the original question- sounds like the kid is dealing with varnished up old carbs and fuel issues if the cars have been sitting for years. If he isn't experienced, it will probably be easiest to drop a new Edelbrock on it (assuming they are 4 bbl set-ups), they are an easy install and rarely need any adjustments beyond idle speed. He will have to deal with the fuel tank/line and getting the old gas out too.
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  19. Not to mention pretty much useless without specific information asked for. About like How long is a piece of string or What's the best color
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  20. I sent Bill the phone number that Jon posted, I appreciate most of you guys trying to answer Bill's inquires, I do my best to encourage the new guys regardless of their age or knowledge.

    I do know his dad bought the Chevy II when it was brand new and it has been sitting in the garage since 1990, he remembered has dad saying it needed a new carburetor. HRP
  21. Corn Fed
    Joined: May 16, 2002
    Posts: 3,102

    Corn Fed

    If it's going on an old style hot rod and it needs multiple 2 barrel's, then I'm using Stromberg 97's because they are cool and simple. If it's not 100% period perfect and I want an out of the box 4 barrel I can buy from multiple sources, I use an Edelbrock.
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  22. Personally I like the Edelbrock 600 cfm for a sbc street engine. HRP
  23. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 7,261

    from Oregon

    Always been a 4 barrel fan, and always a Holley style fan. I'm partial to Quick Fuel over Holley in recent years as they have better features than Holley has for less money than a Holley with the same features.
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  24. personally any good carb, cleaned correctly and tuned right will work correctly, 94's, 97's Carters, Holley ect ect ect
    of course then my personal favorite two barrel
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  25. WB69
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,850


    Always liked the 97's for Flatties and 4 cylinders. Have had great luck with the Holley Street Avengers on everything else. Had a dual Edelbrock set up once that me and nobody else got get to run right. Recently picked up an older Edelbrock flathead set up with dual 94s, gonna see what it is like.
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  26. jimmy six
    Joined: Mar 21, 2006
    Posts: 10,991

    jimmy six

    What ever you choose if it is old/used make sure the throttle shafts to the body are good. More time is wasted trying to tune an air leaking carburetor than most think. For the street today not having a lower throttle plate to bowl style gasket will solve a lot of potential leaks so a single piece is good. For a 4 barrel that limits you to Carter AFB/Edelbrock and Autolite/Summit for the most part.
    Annular discharge is good for atomization meaning mileage and all around drivability... that means a Summit if your looking new with no base/bowl mating surface to leak.
    Good luck..
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  27. As I said in a earlier post, the last time he ask a question he just got the same run around's like some members delight in doing, a simple question but the replies were do a search, it's been ask hundreds of times - what hasn't been ask over and over, new guys need to be given a chance and not chastised for asking questions.

    He may or may not reply but being new to a forum he or anyone else should be given a chance, he felt like he was being ousted before he could get his feet wet. HRP
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  28. 4ty
    Joined: Jan 1, 2009
    Posts: 244


    Two chrome 97's on an Almquist intake with Kogel hi-comp heads in my 40.
    Paul in CT
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  29. 55blacktie
    Joined: Aug 21, 2020
    Posts: 682


    Chili Phil, you are probably more indecisive now than you were before you asked-too many choices. Pick the right cfm, regardless of brand, and a carburetor with vacuum secondaries if primarily daily driven on the street.
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  30. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,598


    For street performance I like the Quadrajet or the AFB. Two AFBs are fantastic, they make the meanest sound when wide open on a well put together mill....
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