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    I was vending a few pieces at the PSW zone meet as you may already know. Amongst the stuff I laid out was a V8 water pump manifold for trucks. It differs from the one for cars in that it's pump well is located higher to afford the fan a higher position more aligned with the center of the radiator. Anyways....

    I was standing maybe 50 or 60 feet from my offerings when a fella tapped me on the shoulder and asked me how much I wanted for my "crab". I was stymied. Although I don't recall what I might've replied, it was probably "Hunh?" at best. I've never HAD any crabs that I can recall! Surely he musta had me confused with someone else!

    Consciousness rebooted, even tho this fella was already asking other questions about the supposed crab, I had to stop him for clarification.... "Wait a minute. Crab - what crab? I don't HAVE any crabs. If I do, they're right friendly in nature. I say that because I haven't felt compelled to buy a jar of Blue Star ointment to temper their little attitudes."
    The guy chuckled a bit and allowed as how - where HE came from, folks referred to leggy water pump manifolds as "crabs".
    See, I'd heard of "log" manifolds - I'd heard of "split" manifolds - intake, exhaust, water, ram, etc., but Crab? Maybe it's a costal thing. So now I have to log qualifications of 2-bolt crabs, 4-bolt crabs, R-series crabs, truck crabs and 56J crabs. At least so far as Stude V8s are concerned. Gotta admit - the possibilities are manifold (the McKinnon thing hardly brings any crustaceans to mind)
    Looking in my Unabridged, "maniform" might be a better choice for a crab manifold. The definition being something having the form of a hand. A V8 manifold is maniform if you leave the thermostat housing on it - kinda-sorta - as there'd be FIVE fingers to it instead of 8 (as most crabs have).[8]
    While on the subject of crustaceans, there's a soft-shelled clam that's native to the shores of Maryland and Virginia called a "Maninose". And hey - it DOES move water on a regular basis!

    BTW, I traded manifold 2bbl manifolds for one that had been reconfigured to accept an Edelbrock and a Corian heat dam as well. I did this deal with a fella named Ken (he'll forgive me for forgetting his last name) who drove his 63 Lark to the meet WITHOUT a distrbutor in his V8![:0]

    Wonder if some call the old Slant Six intake a Menorah Manifold?[:I]

    Miscreant adrift in
    the BerStuda Triangle


    1957 Transtar 1/2ton
    1960 Larkvertible V8
    1958 Provincial wagon
    1953 Commander coupe

    No deceptive flags to prove I'm patriotic - no biblical BS to impress - just ME and Studebakers - as it should be.

  • #2
    I'm with you. I never heard a water manifold called a crab either, but people have a way of making up names for things.

    1952 Champion Starlight since October,1971. 1962 Daytona
    since May, 2007.Searcy,Arkansas
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    "In the heart of Arkansas."
    Searcy, Arkansas
    1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
    1952 2R pickup

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    • #3
      I'm with you. I never heard a water manifold called a crab either, but people have a way of making up names for things.

      1952 Champion Starlight since October,1971. 1962 Daytona
      since May, 2007.Searcy,Arkansas
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      "In the heart of Arkansas."
      Searcy, Arkansas
      1952 Commander 2 door. Really fine 259.
      1952 2R pickup

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      • #4
        Bob, That was Kenneth Michael from Studebakers Only of Payson, AZ.

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        • #5
          Bob, That was Kenneth Michael from Studebakers Only of Payson, AZ.

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          • #6
            Ok Bob ,Im gonna bite .unless he was driving a 6cyl. how did he drive there without a distributor?


            David Baggett '53 coupe

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            • #7
              Ok Bob ,Im gonna bite .unless he was driving a 6cyl. how did he drive there without a distributor?


              David Baggett '53 coupe

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              • #8
                Coils on the valve covers. Wasted energy style. Dizzy cut off like a 51-52, just to drive the oil pump.

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                • #9
                  Coils on the valve covers. Wasted energy style. Dizzy cut off like a 51-52, just to drive the oil pump.

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