BIG97 hits over 300cfm flow!

We have been testing our BIG97 carbs recently to see how much cfm we can get out of a modified carburetor, with our consultant Norm Schenck at Competition Fuel Systems in Michigan. The vertical manometer shows the vacuum pulling air through the carb – 20.4″ H2O, which is 1.5″Hg. The handle on the front of the flowbench, below the carb, is set on the 400cfm scale. The inclined manometer shows the volume of air going through the carb as a percentage of that 400cfm scale. In this case, 77% of 400 is 308 cfm. There is a probe inside the 5″ cylinder below the carb, with a small correction factor that makes the airflow correct in term of the Superflow flow calibration plate. Applying that correction factor brings the flow to 300.5 cfm, though what looks like a regular Stromberg 97!!

If you’re planning a big engine build and want some serious cfm capability, contact Norm at Competition Fuel Systems – email norm@compfuelsystems.com

Stromberg-equipped Chrysler Hemi FirePower

If you love Stromberg-equipped vintage hot rod engines as much as we do, then what better combination than this 3×2 97-powered Chrysler Hemi FirePower? Filmed over 10 months by Davin and Matt at the Hegarty Insurance workshop, this time lapse video of the whole rebuild is exhausting to watch let alone film or do! But what a project. Congrats to the guys for seeing it through. Click here and Enjoy the ride!

 

Stromberg Counter Display

image1We got this cool picture in the email, the other day, of a Stromberg counter display. After a little research we found out what it is. We have some ancient Stromberg catalogues from around 1940 and amongst its many pages we found this merchandiser. Stromberg display material is pretty rare, as most of the products were sold direct to manufacturers. But here’s a Stromberg display for retail use – albeit to a trade audience. Check it out. It’s ‘Just the thing to keep fast-moving Stromberg materials before the trade…’

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Strombergs at Royal Kustoms

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Royal Kustoms down on England’s south coast might not be well known to our USA friends, but in the UK, proprietor Jim Turnbull and his team have a huge reputation for quality work on early Fords. Jim has long been one of the ‘go-to’ guys for flathead engines, but in recent years he’s also become the number one destination for customers looking to compete in the toughest of long distance classic car rallies.

Now, we’re not talking sedate cruises across a couple of counties here, stopping off at a restaurant and a vineyard on the way. We’re talking a seriously competitive thrash across Siberia (Northern Russia), through South America or from Peking, China to Paris, France. Most of it’s not even on what you could term roads either, so the cars have to be built tough to last even the first day, let alone the month long trip.

On our recent visit, the shop was packed to the ceiling with old Fords, including more ’40 Ford coupes than we had seen for a long time. But these are not your regular old Fords.  They’re built to the hilt, hard charging, double reinforced early Fords that can take more of a serious pounding than you might imagine. When you’re in the middle of nowhere, you can’t take chances. Fuel system? You need two. Throttle cables? Two. Ignition system?  Two. Giant shocks front and rear with hydraulic bump stops. Knobbly off-road tyres. World Class 5-speed manual transmissions. Fuel tanks the size of the Exxon Valdez (but safer). Nine inch rear ends. Full GPS tracking and navigation equipment. And so it goes on. Did we mention super-reliable carburetion? Always Stromberg 97s of course.

We were at the shop as part of our ongoing test programme for the forthcoming new Stromberg flathead distributor. Check the pictures out. It’s a very cool place The work is top notch, and so are Jim, Julie and the Royal Kustoms team. Thanks to them all!

 

Latest Stromberg comic strip

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A new Stromberg comic strip hit the streets recently. If you get HOP UP magazine (and who doesn’t?) you will have found it right at the back. Huge thanks to our main man Paul (Get) Carter who drew it all up from a script we gave him along with a few edgy reference pictures and book of Alex Toth’s finest work. After near on 10 years, it was more than time for a new strip. So we’re now in the ’60’s. Ol’ Leadfoot’s feeling the drag racing vibe, but his old ’32 ain’t quite up to it any more. The answer? BIG97s baby! The all-new Stromberg BIG97 Tri-Power.  Check it out. Oh, and you younger fellas might just want to google Barry Goldwater…