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whats on top of this Flathead ?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Mark, Apr 13, 2013.

  1. Mark
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    supposedly a Mercury. whats the thing on top ? marine or industrial application ?
    just curious

    Thanks Fellas
     

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  2. wino01
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    Mercury carb


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  3. low merc51
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    Mercury carb !! Kinda wierd looking arent they !!!
     
  4. 296 V8
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    The good parts inside
     
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  5. Mark
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    Am i that stupid ? I guess i never saw a stock merc before.

    Thanks !
     
  6. carbking
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    Holley type 885-FFC as used by Mercury 1949-1951. There is a similar one used by Lincoln 1949-1951.

    Jon.
     
  7. Weldemup
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    The best part is the 4" crankshaft!
     
  8. R Pope
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    Holley "teapot", AKA the Towering Inferno! somewhat prone to catching fire.....
     
  9. Mike51Merc
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    Thanks for the laugh. Not about you, but about the "what the heck is this?" that is everyone's reaction to that carburetor.
     
  10. I thought a teapot was a four barrel.
     
  11. pasadenahotrod
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    That backdraft style 2bbl was used on various cars up into the mid-50s. In Mercs was usually replaced with standard Ford upright 2bbls with conversion plate or manifold swap.
     
  12. 1940merc
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    1950 merc carb
     
  13. Ole don
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    Save the cam, the crank, and the intake. A 265 Chev carb will bolt on that intake and make one run like gangbusters. Nobody is stupid for never having seen one, just younger than some of us.
     
  14. carbking
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    Not really sure why, but the laid over airhorn design was in demand in 1949.

    Mercury and Lincoln used the Holley 885-FFC.

    Oldsmobile used the infamous Rochester model AA, as well as a special adaptation of the Carter WGD.

    Prior to 1949, only a few laid over airhorn designs had been used. Here are some I remember.

    Stutz in 1931 (Stromberg)
    Packard 12 from 1931~1939 (Stromberg)
    Duesenberg J (Stromberg)

    Farmall (Zenith)
    Dodge military ambulance (Carter)
    Studebaker military (Carter)

    Also, several large trucks (Zenith and Holley).

    Studebaker had one in the mid-1950's (Stromberg).

    Jon.
     
  15. Mike51Merc
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    I read that the '49 redesign with lower hoods did not fit the old air cleaner, so they moved it to the side.
     
  16. 62rebel
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    a Carter two-barrel will bolt up as well, because i used one off my Dodge van to crank up Dad's '53 Merc when the Holley leaked like a sieve.

    it's a cool looking setup, but not too practical for rods.
     
  17. bgaro
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    well.......i just learned something too. thanks
     
  18. wsdad
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    Don't throw it away. Put it on ebay. Someone (not a hot rodder) will see it as a rare treasure.
     
  19. dan c
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    yeah--a rochester 2-barrel is a good swap. just mount it with the fuel bowl pointing to the back and your linkage should bolt right up.
     

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