We’ve worked hard this year on new solutions for Stromberg 6×2 set-ups, and here’s another smart idea that makes things even easier. Stay with us. It’s complicated!
Banjo fittings have always seemed a clean solution for 6×2 sets because you can run just two simple hose lines to the back of the engine and fit a fuel block on the firewall. Yet you never see it with progressive linkages. Why? Because progressive linkages with banjos also need banjo spacers to move the feel line away from the long center lever arm. But if you do that, you get into another issue, as the progressive linkage sliding rods on each bank must pull the front carbs open, because of clearance issues with the back-bar. And the sliding rod hits that banjo spacer.
Our new 9086K-C Banjo Spacer with Clearance solves that issue. Fit one to each center carb on your 6×2 and you will provide clearance for the forward-facing sliding rod. Job done! Of course, this also works for 3×2 linkages if you need to configure it in the same way. Check the new pieces out on our website and speak to your Genuine Stromberg dealer today!
We haven’t posted much on the Stromberg Pontiac project for a while. So here’s a few ‘before and after’ pics of the body. After 38 years in a barn she needed a lot of TLC, but the body cleaned up real nice with a box full of red Scotchbrite pads and a sore shoulder. We cleaned the chrome, the Buick Wildcat wheels and other trim with very fine wire wool. The new whitewall radials from Coker really set the car off. On the mechanical side, after checking it all drove fine, we have recently treated it to new plugs, points, distributor cap, condenser, all the usual tune-up stuff. Plus we swapped out a leaking core plug at the back of one of the cylinder heads, fitting new head gaskets at the same time. The ’55 Pontiac heater system is pretty crazy – it pipes hot water right under the driver’s side of the car to a small radiator and then ducts the air out under your seat. This is why dual exhausts are tricky on this model – it’s right where the pipe want to go. Anyway, we’ve managed to get new rubber seals for that underseat heater duct, and it works great, which is handy here in the UK winter. We just found a little rust in the floor just above it so that’s on the list for fixing soon.
Other jobs? Well, we found new wiper blade rubbers at the local parts store. New rubber pipes got the vacuum wipers working. We fixed the brake light switch. And our buddy Flat-top Bob at Owens Salvage in Wellington, Texas kindly sent us the correct cigar lighter to fill the hole in the dash. The interior is next on the cleaning list. It’s actually in great condition though some of the vinyl has gone a little sticky in storage. And the driver’s seat area needs a little sympathetic repair – a cool tartan blanket works for now. We bought some dropped uprights to get the front end a little lower so we need to install those soon. I suspect we’ll be trimming the front coils too, though it won’t be crazy low. Then finally we need to address the carburetion issues. It looks like the awesome 6×2 intake we bought for the car is a marine piece, so that’s not good news as the water outlets are tiny. So we’re looking for an Offenhauser 5028 3×2 intake for ’55 Pontiac now. If you have one, please let us know! To read our first blog about the Stromberg Pontiac project, click here Thanks to California Pontiac Restoration (Santa Ana, CA) for helping source all the parts we need. Thanks to Rick for keeping on keeping on when the car has bitten back. And thanks for listening!
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/