Wondering about a Stromberg 4×2 set-up? There’s a great feature on the HOT ROD magazine website (written by Rob Fortier) about the build of Mike Blackburn’s cool ’32 Sedan with its Stromberg equipped 390 inch Cadillac motor. As Rob says, “The 390 used to power the sedan was freshened up by Billy (Roach) Cockrell, and does so with a quartet of Stromberg 97s on an Edelbrock CD-694 intake, Sanderson tube headers feeding a stainless exhaust through Porter mufflers of the same material, and a Phoenix Transmissions 700-R4 mated with a Wilcap adapter.” Thanks to Stromberg dealer Austin Speed Shop for representing! Click here to check out the whole feature. We saw the Sedan at Lone Star Round Up 2017 and it’s a killer car.
It’s not that often you see Stromberg 97s on a Chrysler Hemi. In fact, I’ve got to admit, aside from the ancient drag racing pics from back in the good old days before 4-bbl carbs, these are the first I’ve ever seen. And they both arrived into our inbox in the same week! Our East Coast buddy, Rich Green, sent a couple of pics of his crazy ’32 sedan project, with six new 97s on a blower plate….quite an eyeful in anybody’s language.
Then Eric Schill emailed us recently from Stromberg Dealer Riley Auto in Colorado with some pictures of Gale Heersinks’ 1932 Ford pick up. Riley did the chassis for him (with an I-beam axle, ladder bars in the rear and tubular center cross-members) and also sold him the six 97’s for the giant Hemi motor. Gale’s from Monte Vista, CO, where the air is really thin due to the high altitude, so they have started off with 0.042 main jets and Number 71 power valves, and will report back to us on what tune worked best. You can reach Eric at Riley on 1-800-530-7636 and check out his blog at http://vaphead.blogspot.com/
Stepping outside of our usual brief today to talk about the new all-steel replica 1932 Ford five-window coupe body launched at SEMA last week. Haven’t seen it, of course, so I certainly can’t vouch for it. But it looks like it will be a reality very soon. And I, for one, have always preferred the five-window coupe to the three. The manufacturer is United Pacific, who already make a huge range of hot rod and truck parts. And all the various panels will be available separately, of course, if you’re lucky enough to have an original Ford piece that needs fixing up. I’d point you at their website, but it sucks as an information source. If you click here, you can view the neat leaflet they produced all about the new 5-window body.