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Old 09-23-2006, 08:37 PM
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Carburetor Spacer

I need to make a spacer for my carburetor, I want one that will help isolate the carb and help keep it cool and also help level the carb. This is my V8 Fiero and the carb is not sitting level. I did buy a spacer cut at an angle but its aluminum and its got too much angle in it. I have heard that they can be made out of different materials. I have a plastic one now that I was going to try and get machined down but what about using some wood laminate? Could I make something myself so I can play around with different sizes?

Its a SBC 350, edelbrock carb and a holley intake if any of that matters.
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You can use wood but remember wood is porous and it will soak up gasoline. You would probably have to use some type of sealer that is impervious to gas. Most of the companys that make laminate type spacers use a resin based material to coat them, might call Canton Racing Products (203) 481-9460 and ask them what they use.
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Old 09-24-2006, 07:34 PM
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You can use wood but remember wood is porous and it will soak up gasoline. You would probably have to use some type of sealer that is impervious to gas. Most of the companys that make laminate type spacers use a resin based material to coat them, might call Canton Racing Products (203) 481-9460 and ask them what they use.
Thanks, think I will just buy a plastic one and have it cut down. Its only a couple of degrees so I may just sand it down and then surface it with some sanding paper on glass to make it flat. Worse thing that can happen is it wont work.
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If that Holley intake has a exaust cross over, close it off and there will be a lot less heat to the Carb.
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Doc here,

Call me old fashioned here....

OR just plain wrong...

BUT how many degrees is this Carb off Plumb..

CUZ..If the engine is sitting in the engine bay looking like the little RED WAGON (Wheelie standing Mopar , For you real younguns..) It might be time to re~Think the mount system..Cuz Fuel isn't the only thing that will be more at one end than the other..Oil and return drainage will be too..

What do they Allow ?? A few degrees on the inclinometer when you install one custom?? I forget, That would be acceptable..I guess..More than that I'd think about it a little..

And I could just be way wrong too..

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It's in a Fiero, so I figure the engine is sitting sideways. A few degrees shouldn't matter. If you are looking for this spacer to dissipate heat, they used to make a spacer kit that had 4 or so metal plates and the same number of fibre gasket pieces. You stacked them up alternating materials. This shed the heat well.
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Old 09-25-2006, 06:49 AM
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Doc here,

Call me old fashioned here....

OR just plain wrong...

BUT how many degrees is this Carb off Plumb..

CUZ..If the engine is sitting in the engine bay looking like the little RED WAGON (Wheelie standing Mopar , For you real younguns..) It might be time to re~Think the mount system..Cuz Fuel isn't the only thing that will be more at one end than the other..Oil and return drainage will be too..

What do they Allow ?? A few degrees on the inclinometer when you install one custom?? I forget, That would be acceptable..I guess..More than that I'd think about it a little..

And I could just be way wrong too..

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Its only a couple of degrees but you can see it and I dont like it
Plus there isn't a lot of ventilation back there and the carb is getting heat soaked. I don't think it being tilted is causing issues but the heat soak may.
The motor is sitting level but the carb flange is not. It wasn't made to be installed level. I could just find an intake that is level and be done with it but theres that budget thing.
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