Stromberg Carbs at GNRS

The Grand National Roadster Show  – GNRS – needs little introduction or explanation to anyone involved in hot rodding. And each year it more than lives up to the hype. Held at the end of January, the 2017 event was the 68th. True, it’s not always taken place at the Pomona Fairplex, but it sure feels like the event’s home to us. There’s always so much to see, you need all three days to do it justice, what with hundreds of the world’s best hot rods and customs on the show floor, the ’60 Years of Tri-Five Chevys’ display, more cars in the surrounding show grounds, the official unveiling of Chet Herbert’s The Beast III (expertly restored by Dan Webb) and plenty of vendors eager to show you what they’ve got. As usual, we pitched up with the H&H Flatheads crew to meet plenty of customers old and new.

There there’s the competition for the prestigious America’s Most Beautiful Roadster trophy. Bruce Wanta’s ‘Mulholland Speedster’ took home the top prize, so congrats to Troy Ladd and the Hollywood Hot Rods team, designer Eric Black and painter Mick Jenkins. For us here at Stromberg, it was particularly pleasing to see how many traditional styled, Stromberg equipped cars there were, both among the 13 AMBR entries, and throughout the show halls. As usual, our photos are a totally random, though Stromberg biased, selection of things we liked the look of over the weekend. Our favourites? It was particularly poignant seeing the California Kid again. The Pink Panther car takes a lot of beating for anyone who remembers the crazy show car era. The Early Ford Store’s fuel injected ’40 Ford barn find is typical of the magic they seem to come across again and again. And a pair of super cool hot rods from the Estranged Car Club that we would have taken home given half a chance.

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!