Who owned cars with multiple carburetors ?

Discussion in 'Wheels, Wings, Mud, and Water' started by MaxxVolume, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. Old Ears too

    Old Ears too Well-Known Member

    4-2-7 - And here I thought that referred to Chevy's. Oh well.

    Dad had a Pontiac Catalina wagon w/389 w/tri-power, that I learned to drive in.

    Myself, first multi-carb car was a '67 Porsche 912 w/split shaft Solex's.

    When we were a lot younger, my brother and I would fool around with the early 'Vette mechanical injection units. He put a '62 unit on his Cameo pickup which he had when he got out of high school. It had a three speed w/OD trans and would get really good gas mileage when we went go karting up in Oxnard.
    Other than the Porsche, all my cars have had one carb or FI (both mechanical and electronic) on them.
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  2. noogies

    noogies My Favorite Woofers. Subscriber

    Are we arguing about different things, Dan? My grandma had a Rangoon Red '63 Galaxie XL convertible with a 390 Z-code/C6 and full-boat options, including PS and PB. I know because I sold it for her in 1986! Agree that you couldn't have gotten that car with a Q or R code and auto, but not sure if PS or PB would have been available with those motors ... ?
  3. 4-2-7

    4-2-7 Smart Ass Sponsor Subscriber

    San Francisco Peninsula
    I'm just about a walking encyclopedia for 60s Ford cars and some of the 70.:rolleyes:

    The Ford C6 is a heavy-duty automatic transmission built by Ford Motor Companybetween 1966 and 1996. It was marketed as the "SelectShift Cruise-O-Matic". Compared to its predecessor MX transmission, the C6 offered lower weight, less complexity, less parasitic power loss, and greater torque capacity for larger engines. It did this without exceeding the packaging dimensions of the MX.
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  4. noogies

    noogies My Favorite Woofers. Subscriber

    Thanks, Dan. So Grandma's must have been an MX. Was the MX the same as the big Lincoln trans that they used in the automatic Thunderbolts?
  5. Markoneswift

    Markoneswift Quartz locked n ready to rock Subscriber

    Aotearoa New Zealand
    Mini Cooper S with twin SU carbs.
    Triumph TR7 with twin SU
    Triumph Stag with twin Stromberg's

    My dad is a whizz with multi carb setups, balances them by ear with a piece of pipe :)
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  6. opnly bafld

    opnly bafld AK Subscriber Subscriber

    '65 MGB with twin side draft SUs.
    At the time (early 80s) I worked at a parts store in the middle of nowhere west central IL and we had 2 rebuild kits in stock (with an inch of dust included - no charge).
  7. TPettenati

    TPettenati Active Member

    Bay Area, CA
    1973 Jensen Healey with twin Stromberg 175's, real nightmare when smog checks were required
    1964 Triumph Spitfire with twin SU HS2's, doesn't get much simpler
  8. nj pheonix

    nj pheonix AK Subscriber Subscriber

    New Jersey
    By extension ( my father)
    73 Pontiac Grandville
    455 with crane cam and tri power from 389 GTO Motor. I can't tell you how pissed he was when I snapped a rocker shaft:yikes:
  9. 2011etec

    2011etec Super Member

    The kz1300 in my avatar had 3 2 barrel mikuni cv carbs.Though it weighed a portly 700 lbs it was a much faster bike than the six Honda.Tons of torque.Got between 35 to 45 mpg too boot.I do love the Honda also I'm not putting it down just stating well established facts.
  10. leesonic

    leesonic Hold on, here comes the bass. Subscriber

    Southern NJ
    Nice! I always say, if you can't keep a car running that has twin SUs, you aren't much of a mechanic. One of the simplest carbs out there, with excellent fuel atomization.
  11. 911s55

    911s55 AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Puget Sound
    Yeah probably just the solid lifter motors, 390 Police Special, 406 and 427's, not enough vacuum. My car was weird, deluxe interior, manual trans, steering and brakes. oof!
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  12. 2011etec

    2011etec Super Member

    I don't miss carbs atall expecially in the winter at -30 or so.Is there even a new car made with carbs?
  13. BobHol

    BobHol Old fart Subscriber

    Fort wayne IN
    62 Alfa Guilia spider Veloce Dual side draft weber carbs. Every now and then I'd pull off the air cleaner. The induction sound was glorious.
  14. beat_truck

    beat_truck Super Member

    SW PA
    I don't know about other countries, but the last vehicle sold in the US with a carb, at least that I've seen in person, was a '93 Isuzu 2wd pickup with a 2.3 liter. Autozone's website says they were carb'ed up to '94. I'm surprised they held on that long.

    In my couple minutes of research, I read that Honda Preludes up until 1990 actually had dual carburetors.:idea: Not being a Honda person, I didn't know that.
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2018
  15. Archguy

    Archguy Life's 2 short 4 plastic speakers Subscriber

    Richmond VA
    You definitely get the prize. I was racking my brain trying to figure it out, and Lancia didn't even occur to me (nor could I read the valve covers, er cam covers)

    We called it 'Scorpion' over here because Chevy already had a car called Monte Carlo. The 'regular' Beta was front engine.
  16. 851 SP3

    851 SP3 Active Member

    Canton, Ohio
    '76 Triumph TR7 (dual Stromberg CD). Ran great after I undid the previous owner's/mechanic's attempted tuning.

    late-80's IMSA GTU Nissan 300ZX (triple Mikuni PHH). Ran well though the owner insisted on leaving them rich and never trying to make it run its best at any particular circuit.

    '99 Ducati M900 (dual Mikuni BDST). Runs well though to get them to run GREAT is a chore and most (not me) opt to spend a large wad on Keihin FCR carbs (flat slide racing units with accelerator pumps).
  17. Redikilowatt

    Redikilowatt Audio Understudy Subscriber

    RTP, NC
    Not mine, but my brother had a 1961 Ford Starliner with 406 engine and bucket seats taken from a 63 Galaxie. It had three 2-barrels and few other mods including heavy duty clutch. He would let me borrow it when I was16-17 and had a date. He wouldn’t let me drive it when going out with the guys :)

    Sold it after a year or so because of cost to replace clutches and transmissions (4 on floor) :rolleyes:
  18. 851 SP3

    851 SP3 Active Member

    Canton, Ohio
    I would agree with the comment about Weber DCOEs being fitted and not ever being made right. Lots of reasons; two main ones. First would be not understanding ANY multi-carb setup. Second would be starting off with the wrong size. DCOEs came in 3 sizes as I recall (and the larger DCOs in 2). Depending on the engine, how it was to be used, and its state of tune, wrong size and you'll never get good results.
  19. Johnno_Oz

    Johnno_Oz AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Sydney Australia
    Yes I had a few

    Mini Cooper "S" with twin 1.5" SUs

    Alfa Romeo Alfasud Quadrifoglio with twin 36 downdraft Webers.

    Alfa Rome 33 Quadrifoglio with twin 40mm Webers.

    The Alfas were surprisingly reliable fuel wise....not so much with the electrics.
  20. elcoholic

    elcoholic Just Nevermind Subscriber

    Fountain Valley, CA
    Dual 40mm x 32mm Weber 's on my '58 VW Baja Bug and on my '62 Porsche 356B. Most bad Weber experiences are due to oversizing. If they are sized right to start it's half the battle. I did have the dreaded mid-lean condition when dialing them in for my 356, but a changing the size of the emulsion tubes fixed that right up. The other biggies are really clean fuel at a constant 3 psi. With a bowl type cartridge filter, electric fuel pumps and precision regulator they were friggin' awesome. Always wanted to do a small-block V8 with Webers, but it was just too spendy.

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