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  • Fuel System: WCFB Identification

    Can someone tell me where to find the carburetor identification number on a WCFB carburetor. I have a list of all of the WCFB carbs ever used on any model of Studebaker car or truck. I am considering buying a WCFB from a seller who doesn't know where this number is located and I don't know where to tell him to look. (The tag is missing and I think all other numbers on the carb are casting numbers for the individual components. He thinks it is a Studebaker WCFB but I want to be sure.) Thanks.

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    On the front of the Right Front (Passenger side) leg of the Mounting Base, stamped into the edge.

    The '55 to '58 and the '59 to '64 Studebaker Chassis Parts catalog lists the Carter WCFB model numbers used each year up to '62.

    The Studebaker Versions have the Fuel Inlet on the Right front corner, facing Forward.
    StudeRich
    Second Generation Stude Driver,
    Proud '54 Starliner Owner

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    • #3
      Thanks StudeRich. I passed the information along to the seller and will wait for him to get back with me.

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      • #4
        I think someone has confused AFB with WCFB never seen a marked WCFB. AFB and Edelbrock are marked as explained. Doofus

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        • #5
          I believe StudeRich is thinking of where to find the I.D. on a Carter AFB carburetor. On the Carter WCFB carbs, there is no stamped I.D. number on the base. If the brass tag is lost, then there really is no way to identify exactly which WCFB you have. (The side lever arms that attach to the throttle linkage vary from make to make...The Studebaker setup being somewhat unique) Fortunately, the available WCFB rebuild kits are all the same, as the WCFB carbs themselves were pretty much all the same.

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          • #6
            Thanks for the additional information. I have forwarded all remarks to the seller and have asked him to send me a close-up photo of the throttle linkage side of the carburetor. If I get this photo from him, I will try to post it here and then maybe someone will at least be able to confirm that it is a Studebaker WCFB (or not a model used by Studebaker).

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            • #7
              I just saw this "tip" on "The Carburetor Shop LLC" website concerning the identification number on a WCFB carburetor. I copied the script and and here it is: W Series (WCFB)

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              • #8
                Originally posted by studebacher View Post
                I just saw this "tip" on "The Carburetor Shop LLC" website concerning the identification number on a WCFB carburetor. I copied the script and and here it is: W Series (WCFB)
                I just went out into the garage and looked at one for a 56J. I even used steel wool for a closer look. NO numbers of any kind on the gasket surface, nor on the sides or ends of the base.

                If linkage connections are what distinguishes Stude WCFBs, perhaps the seller can provide a pic, for you to compare with a pic in the Stude Shop Manual.

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                • #9
                  Same here guys, checked 2 clean bases, no numbers. Doofus

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for your effort. I guess "The Carburetor Shop" must be confused. I have already asked the seller for a picture and will probably post it here. Hopefully there will be a consensus of opinion that yes it is a Studebaker carb or no it is not.

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                    • #11
                      Yes, the Carter WCFB's were all very similar in appearance. (excepting for the side linkage) However, the earliest models do look a bit different, as the cast iron base plate was much smaller. Those early models were designed to fit narrow intake manifolds, such as a straight eight Packard. But even on those early models, the center section and upper air horn were pretty much the same as on the WCFB's that came later.

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                      • #12
                        Not all of them had the brass balance tube for venting like later models, also some had vents on the metering rod adjustment cap, and some had secondary air valves and an external counterweight.
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                        • #13
                          The Packard straight 8 used a WCFB with the small aluminum, i still have one somewhere. moving really screws up things. Doofus

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                          • #14
                            I've always felt the Carter WCFB was/is a good carb. Set one up correctly, and it will provide reliable service for years. It has a lot in common with the Rochester '4GC', another 'white cast' bodied carburetor.

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                            • #15
                              I now have pictures of the throttle linkage side of the WCFB. I know it is out of the question to determine what model number this carb is (with the brass tag missing) but as long as it is a Studebaker WCFB, it would serve my purposes. Please have a look and tell me if this is a Studebaker WCFB or not.

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