Four 97s on a Hemi!
Multiple 97s on your hot rod motor? Sounds good, doesn’t it? Check out this great Stromberg feature on the HOT ROD website! Written by Barry Kluczyk, we follow Bill Jagenow, at Detroit-area Brothers Custom Automotive, as he installs and tunes four new Genuine 97s on a DeSoto 291 Hemi under the hood of a 1940 Ford.
As Bill says, “It’s very easy to overdo it with a multi-carb setup. The 291 Hemi is not a large-displacement engine for four carburetors, so we’re backing off the fuel supply a little. We’ll start with the ‘41s’ and see how it goes after the engine is running again. We’ll check the plugs and make adjustments as necessary, but experience suggests they’ll be the right jets.” Just one thing. Bill recommends fuel pressure at 3.5psi. We prefer 2.5psi.
According to HOT ROD, “With the air horns back in place, the soldier-like formation of the quartet of Stromberg 97s looks strong. Because there are so many connections on a multi-carb setup, it’s important to check for fuel leaks and the tightness of carb mounts after the first few drives, but with the synced carbs all performing strongly, the driving experience of the Hemified 1940 has never been more fun or responsive.
Big thanks to Barry and Bill, of course. If you want to speak to Bill about Stromberg for your own hot rod, you can contact Brothers Custom on (248) 760-0700 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to read the whole feature.
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!
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/