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Counting Carbs

Finding out what you have by running the numbers

Andy Bolig - March 11, 2014 11:11 AM

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This #4430S model Carter carb was used on the dual-carbed 426 Hemi engines. You can imagine they are quite desirable today.

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The #3116 Holley carbs replaced the Carters for the remainder of the 1964 and 1965 race Hemi drag package cars.

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This is a #3705 as used on the 426 Max-Wedge engines.

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Many of the carbs come with their original part tags intact. This is a great benefit to identifying them, as well as various stamps and casting numbers.

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If you’ve ever spent time cleaning your garage and discovered an old, forgotten distributor or carburetor, you can clearly relate to what happened next

There are many companies that buy and sell used car parts from collectors and other companies or dealerships that no longer need them.

ProTeam in Napoleon, Ohio is one such company. Their extensive parts department deals mainly with Corvette components and they’re always looking to add to their stockpile of parts. This allows them to acquire a myriad of parts for vintage ‘Vettes that they can then use to restore or repair any Corvettes that come through their sales showroom, which is their main focus as a company.

Sometimes, their bulk Corvette purchases also come with other brand-specific parts that had been squirreled away by an enthusiast with a thirst for performance but differing tastes than simply those wearing a Bowtie. ProTeam owner, Terry Michaelis informed us about just such a purchase from a dual-marque collector/shop owner who passed away. Among the various valuable Corvette parts were a smattering of Mopar items. Terry wanted the Chevy stuff and would figure out what to do with the rest. After laying down some serious coin for the contents of the collection, all that was left to do was package everything up and head back to their warehouse to organize, classify and disseminate what all they had just acquired.

Terry didn’t get to where he is today by taking things for granted, and when it comes to rare and desirable parts, he knows that the truth is in the numbers. And, that’s where he started. Filtering out the GM-centric stuff, he was left with a fair amount of Mopar engines and parts. Not wanting to get into the Mopar business, he soon found someone who was more interested in the parts than he needed to be and a deal was struck. So much for learning a new part-numbering system, or so he thought.

If you’ve ever spent time cleaning your garage and discovered an old, forgotten distributor or carburetor, you can clearly relate to what happened next. After all the other Mopar items were scurried off to their new owner, items from the initial bulk-purchase were re-discovered. Turns out there were a bunch of old carburetors tucked back somewhere that were left, undetected. A box of 21 of them to be exact.

Running the numbers stamped on the carburetors reveals them to be high-performance variants for Hemis, Max-wedges and other desirable Mopar engines from back in the 60’s and early 70’s. Some are originally for the twin-carbureted engines while others did quite fine feeding all those horses by themselves. Here’s a list of the particular carburetors that were found boxed up in their warehouse and since ProTeam is still strictly in the Corvette and Chevy high-performance business, they’d like for these rare beauties to find a good home, preferably as a complete package. Hopefully one that has plenty of high-horsepower Mopar engines where they can once again, fuel the enthusiasm for speed and power. If you’re interested, contact Terry at terry@proteamcorvette.com.

Carb List:

CARTER:  #4430S (B8), #3705SA (495), #3705SA (L3), #1673 (four), #4936S (A-1)

HOLLEY: #6160-1 (2181), #3667 (683)(732), #3116 (453) (844), #4166-1 (1079), #3916-1S (742) (952), #4604S (963), #3246 (585), #4393 (1139)

 

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