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Bill Pressler
04-23-2007, 02:36 PM
Has anyone had any experience with this outfit? I am thinking of having them rebuild my Carter AFB 3589-S (R1 engine Lark). They have no backlog, which surprised the sh*t out of me!! Also waiting for a call back from "The Carb Doctor", and am thinking about also calling "Carb Exchange" and "Guaranteed Carbs".

Any input, good or bad, would be appreciated.

BTW, "Carb Specialists" is quoting $279-309 for a rebuild of my carb. Want to get it to the SDC national, but boy it's testing my patience lately!

Thanks,
Bill Pressler
Kent, OH

shifter4
04-23-2007, 03:02 PM
I've used National Carburetor out of Jacksonville Fla with good results.http://www.nationalcarburetors.com/highperformancecarburetors/index.html

Bill Pressler
04-23-2007, 03:17 PM
Thanks, just called them, he said right off the bat they have a 2-3 month backlog.

Bill

Roscomacaw
04-23-2007, 03:45 PM
What about Dave Thiebault? He does a nice job of rehabbing Stude carbs and I APPRECIATE a guy who specializes in Stude carbs!:D

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Mike Van Veghten
04-23-2007, 03:55 PM
Bill...do it yourself, it's not that hard.

One thing to note about rebuilders like this is to "somehow"...be sure that you will get all of "your" parts back!

I've seen it several times...people sending or taking carburetors in to be rebuilt and they don't get "their" carb. back!

What does it matter you ask....?
Don't know what the altitude is in OH...but lets go to extreemes...
Say you live in AZ., you send your carburetor to a shop that gets work from all over. They send you back a carb. that looks simillar to the one you sent in but not the exact same one..! After tearing out your hair (?) cause the engine wont run right...you find out this carburetor came from...Colorado! You know...the mile high state. It will be different inside than your AZ. carb.

All that to say...be carefull.

Mike

Bill Pressler
04-23-2007, 04:20 PM
How can I get a hold of T-Bow? The phone number on a Stude-related website for him, 508-897-3158, rings in as "Sheilds MRI Services". I'm in a Holiday Inn six hours from home now with no TW nearby. Any ideas?

Bill

PlainBrownR2
04-23-2007, 04:33 PM
Lemme propose a second situation about a carb rebuilder Mike. I also like the "rebuild it yourself" idea or Thiebeault. Suppose you have an R2 carb. Them critters need to be sealed like we all know. Now suppose they dont utilize the jets or floats that the superchargers love to "squish". Either that or suppose they didnt properly seal the carb body to keep the fuel from exiting in a hurry. The carb rebuilder might treat it like an ordinary Q-Jet, which could make using the carb kinda dicey. Not saying there isnt qualified rebuilders, just caveat emptor :).


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41 Frank
04-23-2007, 04:43 PM
Dave Thibeault (978) 897-3158




quote:Originally posted by Bill Pressler

How can I get a hold of T-Bow? The phone number on a Stude-related website for him, 508-897-3158, rings in as "Sheilds MRI Services". I'm in a Holiday Inn six hours from home now with no TW nearby. Any ideas?

Bill

Bill Pressler
04-24-2007, 07:37 AM
Thanks "41Frank" for the number.

Bill Pressler

goodkarmech
04-24-2007, 02:48 PM
Carb Refactory in Richmond, CA (bay Area) has been in business for many years. We use them regularly at our shop, and I personally have used them many times.
If a part on the carb is broken, they have literally hunderds of carb cores there on premisis.
They are open M-TH closed Fri.
Phone 510-237-1277.

Mike Van Veghten
04-25-2007, 02:56 PM
goodkarmech wrote -


quote:If a part on the carb is broken, they have literally hunderds of carb cores there on premisis.

Thats exactly what I'm taking about !

Back to the altitude thing I mentioned previously...AFB lower sections, WCFB base's all have holes drilled in them...for the location of where the car is going...dealership wise. The have different sized holes drilled in them...for those different altitudes.
In them olden days...you move your familly from AZ to Denver...car don't run worth a sh*t...why the carburetor wasn't "calibrated" for the new location. This is up into at least the late 70's.

Don't believe...hit up your local wrecking yard...take apart 10 (if you can find them!) of the same carburetors...measure some of the small air and fuel bleed holes in the bases and or mid sections...tell me what you find. The "bases" in Rochester 2GC's are a good (or bad!) example.
I've seen too many, first hand, be mismatched like that to completly trust a rebuilder.

Don't get me wrong...there are builders (rebuilders) out there that can most likely do the job correctly...just make sure they'll find you a "complete" matching R2/R3 AFB if they mess up the first one!

Put small marks somewhere (take pictures of those R3 AFB's!) so you know exactly what your getting back.

As PlainBrownR2 says - caveat emptor.

Mike