Could there be a better sight in hot rodding? Six Stromberg 97s, loud and proud on the legendary Edelbrock Chevy X1 ram 6×2 intake? Alright, we’re biased…but you can’t deny it’s an eyeful. And that it’s right up there as the coolest news in nostalgia induction for many a year…Yes, Edelbrock are repopping that legendary X1 intake. We know, you’ve wanted one for years, but they were hard to find, right? And yes they were expensive and beat up and dirty and all that stuff – like the original in our carb pictures. But not any more!
Here’s the history bit. Vic Edelbrock Snr introduced the X1 ram six-carburetor manifold in 1958, getting 284 hp out of the hot new 283 ci Chevy engine. Alright, so it doesn’t sound too hot now, but this was 1958, remember. One horse per inch out of any motor was BIG NEWS! Cross ram was always going to be the way to go for high performance – still is – but one of its secrets was the long tapered runners, which allowed the mixture to accelerate at a steady rate towards the intake port. Best of all, it used six Stromberg 97s. Vic even guaranteed it would out-perform any other six-carb intake around at the time. According to the excellent book, “Merchants of Speed: The Men who built America’s Performance Industry”, the X1 was used to test Vic Jnr’s 339 inch Chevy powered ski-boat motor in 1961. WIth six 97s, it made 364 horse on the famous Edelbrock dyno. The following year it pulled 375 horse from a 283ci (!) motor when testing a new Polydyne profile camshaft over at Iskenderian Racing Cams.
So here’s the deal. The new X1 manifold is designed to run best at 2500 to 7500 (you wish!) rpm. The GM coil in cap style HEI will not fit. And it will stand you back about 450 bucks. You’ll need a shiny new oil fill tube to complete the nostalgic look. And six new Stromberg 97 carbs of course. You can get the new intake here at Summit Racing…
But wait, did someone say 6×2 linkage? Our super-cool new 6×2 and 4×2 TwoStep linkage range is ready to go! Launching at a dealer near you very soon. A modular range of direct and progressive linkage kits with a new low-line back-bar design that keeps the carbs as the star of the show, not the linkage. Here are some preview pictures. Email us if you need one right now. Plain and CHROME both available…..