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Old 01-31-2009, 07:30 PM
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California Air Pollution car race info and history ??

Hey Everyone,

I'm looking for information on high millage cars from the 70's and 80's. I know they had a lot of these kinda "races" back in the day. In particular regarding the Kendig and or Fish Carb. I came across this on the net and was looking for some verification.

"Early 1970's B1-B,3 CARBURETION, KENDIG A young college student (name unknown), entered his Mercury "gas hog" in the California Air Pollution car race and won hands down. He was using the KENDIG Variable Venturi carburetor that a small company (name unknown), manufactured in Los Angeles for racing cars. Within a week the student was told to remove the carburetor since it wasn't approved by the Air Resources Board (ARB). His car had reduced pollution and doubled the gas mileage (for that model). (see late 1950's) Kendig Technologies, Inc. Thanks Marty! "

I cant seem to find much info or websites regarding past winners of millage races and their cars. I'm not trying to stir the pot on the 100 mpg carburetors just looking for some interesting reading


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I find some of the claims in that little blurb to be a little far fetched as well as unsubstantiated( it was convenient that names were unavailable). I can tell you many of the tricks that were used when the Mobile economy run was a big deal in the 50s and 60s and would imagine that some of them were the same as used then. The tires were overinflated (as much as 80psi) to lower rolling resistance, the engines were shut down while going down hills,brakes were used as little as possible (by slowing down before stoplights or turns so that there was no need to accelrate from a stop), some were even caught with small fuel tanks hidden in the doors so they could "extend" their mileage. I seriously doubt that the Kendig carb was ALL that, they are still available( under the new name) and are not even used in racing, it was an interesting concept that I think was poorly executed, motorcycle carbs work similarly and are mcuh better at metering fuel/air.
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The big oil companies have a gang called the "Blakgoldcrew". They formed this gang with the understanding that if someone comes up with the magic carburator that does exactly what this variable venturi they all would loose millions in sales. This joint venture, the "blakgoldcrew" have successfully "eliminated" the variable venturi, the gas line magnet (I mean the one that really worked, not the lame copy they sell in the back of the Enquire), the gas extender additive, as well as a very promising book called "Egg under the gas pedal".

Rumor has it that this fellow who invented the variable venturi carb and patended it is buried under the number 1 pump at a Quickie Mart on Santa Monica Bl in LA.

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I wonder if they buried him with a stock pile of carbs? LOL

I was doing some patent searches and it looks like Kendig holds a bunch of carburetor patents, this one looked pretty cool, anyone remember the sonic carburetor?
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If'n I remember right, Kendig is still alive and lives in a nursing home not far from where I live, 2 miles tops. I'll ask my buddy tomorrow if Kendig is still alive, my buddy sees him at an annual car show they do for the old folks home. Kendig, IIRC, developed the Predator carb also.
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