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Old 01-04-2005, 01:19 AM
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Carb Rebuild Kits

OK, So I went to Pep Boys today to get a carb rebuild kit for my car, as I was told to get one by the repliers to my previous topic, sometimes my car won't start, and just my luck they don't carry much for carbs in general and don't have the part for my Ford either, so I come home and take off my air cleaner top to see if I have a 2 barrel or a 4 barrel, so I look and all I see is a tube sticking up throught the air cleaner housing with a divider down the middle of it, first question, is this where I count to see if it is a 2 or 4 barrel, so I put the top back on and come inside to look in my dennis carpenter catalog for a carb rebuild kit, and I find it and they list these items:

carburetor repair kit - 2 barrel - 8-cylinder - 1948-1956 - 22.00

carburetor repair kit - 4 barrel - 292 - 1955 - 29.00

so my question is which one do I get, because my car is a 1955 Ford Fairlaine, with a 292 v-8 . Thank You All soooo much, also when I said:
So I went to Pep Boys today to get a carb rebuild kit for my car, as I was told to get one by the repliers to my previous topic, sometimes my car won't start, and just my luck they don't carry much for carbs in general and don't have the part for my Ford either,
I didn't mean anything bad to everyone here about it, It is just that the shops out here don't sell anything I need, like when I needed styrofoam insulation, the pink stuff, I couldn't find it whereever I called out here.

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Old 01-04-2005, 01:49 AM
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2 barrel

4 barrel


If all else fails take the carb off and bring it with you, the car is 50 years old, are you sure its the original one?
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Old 01-04-2005, 03:30 AM
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Thank You Very Much, and no I am not sure if it is the original. I am going to pull off the whole aircleaner housing and all and take a look at the carb. thank you again
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If it is the stock carb to that engine. It will not even look close to the above pictures. Shoebox Fords used what we used to call a Verticle Holley. It is a tall very UGLY carburetor. If that is what you have, you will probably need to get a kit from a resto place. Possibly from a carb kit manufacturers archives.
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Ford Carbs

I would go to a better store like O-Reilly's, Parts Plus, or even Auto Zone for that carb kit.

PM me and send me your email addy and I will send you pix of the Ford 2 and 4 bbl carbs. I cant attatch them to this thread, as they are too big.

Didnt you once post on your carb with the id tag numbers?

If that is an origional carb on your engine and it is a 4 bbl, it will be what was called a "haystack Holley" due to the odd structure of it, part of it coming up and over the venturies.

Notice the three carbs in my avitar, those are 3- Ford 2 bbls.
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Ok Thank You Very Much, I don't remember posting about my carbs w/ id tags, and Max Kieth check pm box, Thank You Again Everybody.
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Carb thingy

Someone posted a thread about having a Ford 4 bbl that had come off of a 61 Ford truck and had posted the ID tag data. Guess I got you confused with him.

If that is an origional 55 Ford 4 bbl carb, its what we used to call a "Haystack" due to the bell shaped part of the carb body sticking up over the venturis. Those were an extremely small carburetor and not the best breathing in the world, even though Ford used them in 57 on the Paxton Supercharged 312's.

Unless you are restoring the vehicle to origional condition, my suggestion is to put that carb in a box, well packed, save for posterity, and get a later model carb to run on your 292. the carb base ports in your intake are rather small so you cant put anything much larger than a 390 or 450 CFM Holley on it, and either one will feed you all your 292 will require.

Is there by chance an ID tag on the carb?
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I will have to look for an id tag when I take off the air cleaner tonight. Thank You Very Very Much.
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I thought the '55 standard engine was the 272 ci. The 292 was in '56.
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OOPS! Was thinking 56, sorry about that. 272 was standard in 55, but was available in 56 also. The 272,292, and 312 were all available in 56. 292 became the standard engine in 57, and the 272 died that year.

It seems that in 56, while the 272 was still available, they didnt sell that many of them.

Fact is I just never think about 272's or the 239 ,which was the first Y-block in 54.

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Sorry I must have a 272 I thought I had 292, but I pulled off the air cleaner tonight, which was fun, and got the info on the carb, it is a 2bbl, and I read the tag it says:

Autolite
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B5A-9510-P


Edit: I took some pics just now and will get them developed hopefully tomorrow.

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carb rebuild

Take your ID tag information with you when you go to get your rebuild kit. Thats a crucial item.

With that number they can find the kit you need. Thats the purpose of that tag.

B5A-XXXX-P means that carb is for a 55 automobile, the other numbers and the P, mean the type of carb and engine application.

First letter indicates the decade
First number indicates the year
Second letter indicates type of vehicle

B= 50's
C=60's
D= 70's
E= 80's
F= 90's

This code will tell you what year engine you have, what year the heads, intake, etc were made or origionally designed.

For instance, B5AB would mean made in 1955, automobile, second factory modification. After that, I get lost with all the codes and numbers.
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Ok, Kool Thank You.
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carb rebuild

IF your carb looks like either one of the pictures I sent you, and you cant find a rebuild kit for it, rob a 2 bbl off of a late 60's 302 or 351W or 351 C, bolt it on and adjust it, go driving. These are larger 2 bbl carbs than your stock unit and will give you a little more mid and top end without hurting your bottom end.

If its a 4 bbl, and you cant find a rebuild kit, compare your intake plenum port diameters with a Ford 4 bbl off of a truck 390. from the 60's. This should definately improve your breathing without breaking your wallet.
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"footnote" on the tag

it tells you the carb was originally on that motor and car...

doesn't guarantee that somebody hasn't changed the heads, block, etc to something else doing a re-build.

do always check the part #'s
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