New Stromberg linkages – small block Ford and more!

It must be linkage week here at Stromberg. New 4-banger linkages at the start of the week, and now, more for the V8. If you’ve just stepped up for the long-awaited new Edelbrock 5412 small block Ford 3×2 intake, or you’re lucky enough to have found a cool old intake for three 97s on your vintage overhead valve engine, check these out. Our new 9253PRO is a 3×2 progressive linkage that places the carbs 4 7/8 inches from carb to carb to fit the new Edelbrock 3×2 intake for small block Ford, plus early Weiand 3×2 intakes too. The new 9251PRO works at 4 7/8 inches apart to fit Offenhauser 3×2 intakes for engines like Ford Y-block and 49-61 Cadillac. If you’re looking for direct linkages for these engines, simply choose our 9245S TwoStep kit and trim the linkage rod to suit.

In addition, our new 9249S 2×2 is a simple direct linkage with swivels for a traditional look, sized for a maximum 7 1/2 inches from carb to carb so it fits the cool intake from Edgy Speed Shop for Dodge/Plymouth 201/218 and 230 Flathead 6-cyl engines. We’re reliably informed it will also fit the vintage Edmunds intake for Plymouth 6 engines (with 7 inch carb spacing).

Moving up in size a little we have the new 9250S and 9250P 2×2 direct linkages (S for swivels, P for premium with rod ends). Both set the carburetors a maximum 8 5/16 inches from carb to carb and are designed specifically for the recently announced Offenhauser 1080 2×2 intake for 1949-63 Cadillac motors. Good news is, they also fit the Eddie Meyer 1932-48 ‘low-rise’ intake for Flathead Ford (at 8 1/4in carb spacing).

Prices are US$49.95 (and UK£26.43 + tax) for the 9249S and 9250S, and US$105.95 (UK£54.13 + tax) for the 9250P. Both 9251PRO and 9253PRO kits are US$175.95 (UK£92.46 + tax).

Designed and manufactured exclusively by Stromberg Carburetor, TwoStep linkage kits combine clean, traditional looks with maximum leverage. They come pre-assembled and install in just two simple steps, without the need for extended throttle shafts. Check out the following features:

    • Die-cast zinc SuperLink lever arms. All other parts stainless steel – even the rod ends and lock nuts.
    • Two new Stromberg ‘Snapback’ throttle return springs, which wrap around the end of the throttle shaft. These chemically blacked, stainless steel torsion springs snap the carburetors shut, yet virtually disappear from view.
    • For a smooth, lightweight look, 2×2 kit swivels are positively fixed by a small e-clip, and the small black set-screws have knurled ends for a strong fix on the stainless rod.
    • P kits have special swivels and bolts, developed to clamp the rod ends tight with a small blind hole in the head. Simply insert a small rod eg, a hex key, to stop the swivels turning while you tighten the lock nuts.
    • Progressive kits have opposite threaded rod ends for easy adjustment. Just spin the rod to adjust for the correct lever angles. The primary lever has three mounting points to change when the secondary carburetors open, and you can pull the front carburetor or push the rear one open to suit individual applications. On the top setting (as supplied), the linkage will start to open the secondary (end) carburetors at around 50% primary (center) carburetor throttle rotation. Lower holes will open the secondaries sooner.
    • Every Stromberg TwoStep linkage kit comes with full instructions, and further help with selection, installation and tuning is available at our Tech Center.

New 2×2 linkage for Ford 4-bangers

We’ve got together with our buddy Charlie Yapp at Scalded Dog Speed Parts (and the early Ford four-banger dedicated ‘Secrets of Speed Society’, of course) to produce some cool linkages for early Ford Model A-based four-cylinder engines.

The new Stromberg TwoStep 9248S (direct) and 9248PRO (progressive) linkages are designed principally for use with the popular Scalded Dog Equalizer and Riley Two Port intake manifolds (both available from Scalded Dog Speed Parts), which set the carburetors five inches apart. The new TwoStep 9252S and 9252PRO linkages set the carburetors 9 5/8th inches apart to suit Burns, Zephyr and Roof 101 Cyclone intakes. Prices for all kits are highly competitive: $45.95 (or £24.96 + UK tax) for the S (direct) kits, and $99.95 (or £49.96 + UK tax) for the PRO (progressives).

Designed and manufactured exclusively by Stromberg Carburetor, the TwoStep linkage range combines clean, traditional looks with maximum leverage and huge versatility. Each kit comes pre-assembled and installs in just two simple steps, without the need for extended throttle shafts. Check out the following features:

  • Die-cast zinc SuperLink lever arms. All other parts stainless steel.
  • Every kit comes with new Stromberg ‘Snapback’ throttle return springs, which wrap around the end of the throttle shaft. These chemically blacked, stainless steel torsion springs snap the carburetors shut, yet virtually disappear from view.
  • TwoStep progressive systems are designed to ensure optimum performance and maximum versatility. The long primary lever has three mounting points so you can change when the secondary carburetor opens, and you can pull the front carburetor or push the rear one open to suit individual applications. On the top setting (as supplied), the linkage will start to open the secondary carburetor at around 50% throttle. Lower holes will open the secondary carburetor sooner.
  • To improve leverage, the primary (center) arm was kept as long as possible without hitting the carburetor S-jet. It also has a bigger clamping screw to handle more linkage torque. The sliding progressive rod meets the secondary carb rod at the top of the lever arm – not part way down like some systems. Effective leverage is especially important as 97 multi-carb systems have strong spring resistance.
  • The neat tapered rod stops are fully adjustable, with discreet set screw fixings.

Just one warning, I’m afraid: Like most progressive linkage systems for Stromberg carburetors, the TwoStep progressive linkages cannot be used with banjo fuel fittings (eg. Stromberg 9082K and 9083K). The banjo and its fuel hose interfere with the long (primary) linkage arm causing linkage binding or sticking. You can use our 9080K hose ends instead, of course, leading your hoses to a firewall-mounted 2-outlet fuel manifold block.

We wouldn’t be responsible if we didn’t ask you to read the instructions before installation, of course. Luckily, (and unlike most other linkage suppliers) Stromberg TwoStep linkages all come with full instructions.

Cool Stromberg Photographs

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s looking at a great 2012. We love old hot rod photos, especially with 97s in ’em. You can learn so much. So we thought we’d start the year with something cool we’ve had hanging around here for a while from our good buddy Tony Thacker, Director of the NHRA Museum. Four super-cool early, wire-wheeled, ’32-grilled hot rods, all with two high-stepping Stromberg 97s a piece. Don’t know much about them (ie nothing!) but they’re clearly pretty ancient. My money’s on the late ’40s. And clearly at some influential locations.I am sure I have seen that car in the top right photo before. That hokey, grafted-on closed car screen surround rings a bell. Early pump-in-head engine with polished ally heads, and an agricultural steering box mount – I wonder what reception you’d get with that at this year’s Father’s Day Show? The ’32 at top left has a Duvall-style screen by the looks of it. And maybe the bottom right car too – check out the chrome front spreader car, painted hubcaps, chrome head bolts and unfilled grille. This dude was styling’! I’m even wondering if those 97s are chrome….

Check out the cars in the background, too. That chopped ’36 three-window with solid hood sides is sandwiched between two other customs. The one on the left is getting the rear fenders leaded to the body, and a cool new trunk-mounted license plate treatment. You can only imagine what the customer felt about that dirty rear fender sat on his white Carson top. Enjoy…more soon…

 

Barn Find. Factory patina and Rolling Bones.

You’re going to like this. No honestly, you are…we’re launching a brand new Stromberg 97 carburetor – this time with factory patina. New, but old. Just the same, but better than ever. And to prove a point, we asked The Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop to check it out in the ultimate road test. If you can’t wait to see ’em – the pics are at the bottom of the page…

To be honest, we’ve been wanting to do this for years (we asked the Bones Boys about it at Bonneville 2009!), but couldn’t ever really get to grips with two key issues. One….how do you age a brand new carburetor with new stainless steel parts and shiny new brass? And Two….how far do we go? Patina’s a very subjective game. Where does patina stop and ‘ratina’ start? You know what we mean. We naturally make our regular 97 models as nice as possible, so we were heading for dangerous waters here. And to be honest we weren’t that comfortable with putting our name to something that looked downright nasty…

The answer is a middle path. The new ‘Barn Find’ model is a brand new product that won’t look out of place on a car with established patina. It’s a look that we’re super-happy to put our name to, but which, at the same time, is like a blank canvas. And that’s why they’re so cool.

 

 

 

Out of the box, they’re kind of old looking and even in appearance, yet every one is slightly different. The light rusting on the bases; the spots of oil creep where we lube the moving parts; the brass coloration and more. But that’s just the start. The best part is, the final finish is up to you. The more you handle them, the more patina the media finish picks up. You can rub the edges with your hands, for example, or rub a little dirty oil on the linkage and lettering. But they darken off naturally anyway. Want to bury it in the yard for a couple weeks? Get digging!

Of course, once we’d answered problem Two, problem One was a whole lot simpler. The cast iron bases are left out in the yard for a few days (we never wait long for rain here) and lightly rusted before we rattle can them with a careful mist of flat black…Can’t do that with aluminium bases…The main castings and stainless steel parts are lightly media blasted. And the external brass parts are heat aged. Every Barn Find model even comes with one of our “Reconditioned with Stromberg Genuine Parts” rosette decals to complete the look. Operational efficiency is still top of our agenda, though, so some parts, like the choke plate, accelerator pump rod and springs, are left untouched. It all adds to the old, but reconned look.

OK, so we love it, but what does the rest of the world think? Only one way to find out….in at the deep end…We sent three new ‘Barn Finds’ to the masters of hot rod patina, New York’s Rolling Bones Hot Rod Shop. Did they like them? Doh! ‘Boy they look GREAT!!!’, reported our new best buddy, Ken Schmidt. ‘We gotta tell ya, if they work half as good as they look, Clive has smashed a home run for us die hard vintage engine hot rodders.’

And did they work? In no time, the Bones Boys had those unsuspecting carburetors mounted onto the 276 inch flathead motor in the team’s ’32 XF Gas Roadster. They drove it half way across the USA to Bonneville, Utah. Then drove a few more miles again – well, three at a time down the Salt to be precise – adding another 8mph to their best ever sped (127mph!) . To further prove their reliability, two of these suckers were then swapped into the stylish Dick Deluna Cockshutt ‘34 Ford 5-window for the trip back over the mountains to California.

We’ll let Ken sum it up – ‘The moral is, when you build a vintage engine-powered hot rod for someone and his first drive is 3500 plus miles, always put the best carburetors on it you can…And we did.’

The new Genuine Stromberg Barn Find carburetor (part number 9510A-BF) retails at just $475.00 a piece and they’re in stock right now. Click the part number to read more about it on the Stromberg website. If you want a matching linkage or fuel line parts, I guess we can do that too. Just email us. If you click any picture, they expand into a neat gallery. We especially like the ones our ace cameraman Rick took alongside a real Stromberg 81 Barn Find. Since it was taken, we’ve cheated it some more for an even closer match, but we wanted you to see the ‘before’ finish as it comes in the box. The Rolling Bones need little introduction, of course. Click their name to read more about the trip in their own words. The cars are awesome. But then you knew that already.

FREE SHIPPING on T-shirts and more !

Christmas is comin’. So what better time to spend a little of your hard earned cash on a super-cool Stromberg T-shirt for yourself or a loved one ? To prove we’re already in the festive spirit here at Stromberg HQ, from now until New Year’s Day we’re offering FREE SHIPPING on many T-shirts and hoodies, and our period-looking Stromberg license plate frames too. And money off 3XL shirts too.

The free shipping offer applies to ALL our White T-shirts, plus our Cream Sales & Service logo T, the Black Diamond logo T in grey with long sleeves, and our Black Diamond hoodies too. And there’s $4.00 OFF (or £3.00 OFF if you pay in sterling) any 3XL shirt not already discounted with free shipping. Click the links above for the pages on our online store.

Remember, these are super quality, 100% combed cotton T-shirts, ‘made in downtown Los Angeles’ by American Apparel. All shirts are a tailored fit – so please check our size guide before ordering or by a size larger if in doubt! There are many other items in the Stromberg Clothing & Collectible range that make awesome holiday gifts, of course. From caps and hats, beanies, tin signs and wall thermometers, to clocks, stickers and patches, there’s something to suit all pockets. Visit our online store today! Oh, and Happy Holidays!