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Old 07-28-2019, 02:18 PM   #1
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So, what is a better carb for performance? A Marvel or a Model B?
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Old 07-28-2019, 02:20 PM   #2
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The model B carburetor is best for performance !!!!!!!
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Old 07-28-2019, 02:43 PM   #3
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Old 07-28-2019, 04:40 PM   #4
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I’ll put my vote to B if it’s a clean not worn out carb.
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Old 07-28-2019, 05:47 PM   #5
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two different designs,B flows a little more than the Marvel.

from what you said about your setup you should try a single downdraft,Stromberg 97,Holley 94..get a carb and manifold swap the downdraft on when your friends aint looking .You've done everything else,a down draft will really pull it together
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Old 07-29-2019, 11:27 AM   #6
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Is there any benefit to running the Marvel with a model B intake vs a model a intake. Or is there any benefit to drilling out the model A intake if you are still using the Marvel Carb? Sorry to hijack the post.
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Old 07-29-2019, 12:55 PM   #7
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Larger inside diameter of the intake manifold will help some but not a whole lot . The model B intake manifold is an improvement over the model A intake manifold . The carburetor mounting flange on the model B intake is off set and is a pain to deal with .
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I have never seen a marvel - not even sure they were available here but I'd take that over a B carb. If a 2 tooth steering box is fitted (like my cars). Modifications are required to fit a B carb. It tries to occupy the same space as the steering box so it is a no go. Not that it rally matters - B carbs are very rare too.
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Old 07-29-2019, 06:12 PM   #9
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B' has a larger bore than a Marvel.

Both fit an A manifold,but to get full power from the B you have to drill out the A manifold to 1.25..or buy a B manifold.


all the more reason to go downdraft OZ..
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Old 07-30-2019, 11:08 PM   #10
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I have drilled out quite a few A manifolds to 1.25+ with good results with a B carb. The 1.25" bore of the B allows it to process more air. The A engine does not breathe well in stock form. I would like to take a stock B carb and bore the throat out, but I feel that.020 - .030 is about the max you could go with it, but it would be an improvement. I believe Dennis Piriano has done extensive dyno testing that includes A-B carbs, Drilled and undrilled manifolds and various other mods. Check out Piriano's model A Tests.
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Old 07-31-2019, 12:36 AM   #11
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B carbs suck gas ...I running a 81 on model A PU..works good but need electric pump with low fuel in tank..I have seen B mtrs with an A carb for better milage..sc
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Old 07-31-2019, 08:19 AM   #12
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Model a engine flows air at about 16o cubic feet per minute,stock a zenith flows at about 80 cfm,Stromberg 97/Holley 94 flows around 170 cfm.

See your engine as an air pump,use all the air it can pump creating useable atomized fuel.basically match cfm of carb to cfm of engine.doing this increases economy and power,the engine gains efficiency by using all its volumetric capacity to conduct useable fuel.

adding higher compression to the equation makes the combustion process more efficient,higher compression yields a faster more efficient burn.when you burn fuel at a higher efficiency rate your engine actually runs cooler.
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Model a engine flows air at about 16o cubic feet per minute,stock a zenith flows at about 80 cfm,Stromberg 97/Holley 94 flows around 170 cfm.

See your engine as an air pump,use all the air it can pump creating useable atomized fuel.basically match cfm of carb to cfm of engine.doing this increases economy and power,the engine gains efficiency by using all its volumetric capacity to conduct useable fuel.

adding higher compression to the equation makes the combustion process more efficient,higher compression yields a faster more efficient burn.when you burn fuel at a higher efficiency rate your engine actually runs cooler.


Am just curious,- was this not known in Henry's day? Why was the carb designed restrictive and not as efficient?
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I have never seen a marvel - not even sure they were available here ......
Synchro, I bought one at the Ballarat Swap last year. Actually thought it was a Tilly until I compared them more closely. Of course, it could have come off an imported car?
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Synchro, I bought one at the Ballarat Swap last year. Actually thought it was a Tilly until I compared them more closely. Of course, it could have come off an imported car?
Wow, so there is one here! Does anybody know if parts are available for them or do Zenith or Tilly parts fit?
Sidetracking a bit here but in one of my sheds, I have a carb that looks like a Zenith but is a Japanese copy. From memory, It is KTK branded and made by the Tokyo Carburettor Co Ltd.. It looks like a zenith - does anybody know about those and do zenith parts fit? What drew my attention to it was the colour of the enamel on it - a deep maroon. I've never seen another one like it.
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Am just curious,- was this not known in Henry's day? Why was the carb designed restrictive and not as efficient?
They had problems getting the Hp up to where they wanted it in '27,Harold Hicks during his famous redesign utilized a Zenith in his work to bring the engine from 22hp on the brake to 40hp (valve cooling played a big part too). Ed Winfield was making his downdraft carbs during A production..performance improvements created an cottage industry,an owner could bolt on almost double the power in an afternoon.
Detuning production engines has gone on since the beginning,for a variety of reasons,from longevity to ease of maintenance and reliability.The down draft two barrel emulsion tube Stromberg powered the v8 line from '33 to '37 or so,when Chandler Groves designed the what became the Holley 94,that was used by Ford till 1957. Both are proven carbs and match the flow rate of the model a 200 cuin,V8's were 221 cuin at the time.For those who wish a performance increase without overfueling this setup is hard to beat.Alot of folks use 2 of them,internal improvements can bring the A CFM efficiency up..I personally shoot for the single downdraft modified flathead,it yields great reliability and almost double the performance of the stock A engine.
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Wow, so there is one here! Does anybody know if parts are available for them or do Zenith or Tilly parts fit?
Sidetracking a bit here but in one of my sheds, I have a carb that looks like a Zenith but is a Japanese copy. From memory, It is KTK branded and made by the Tokyo Carburettor Co Ltd.. It looks like a zenith - does anybody know about those and do zenith parts fit? What drew my attention to it was the colour of the enamel on it - a deep maroon. I've never seen another one like it.

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best resource in the US is Rennier Brothers in Michigan. Don't know about Australia.
Zenth/Tilliston parts can't be used on a Marvel.
It's a good carb.
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best resource in the US is Rennier Brothers in Michigan. Don't know about Australia.
Zenth/Tilliston parts can't be used on a Marvel.
It's a good carb.
Thanks Herb and Railcarmover. I don't know of a parts supplier in Australia for those carbs so Renners would the only option but at those prices, by the time I had things in my hand, I'd be up for about $250. Yikes!
As for Zebith parts - do they fit the KTK carb, assuming someone knows of them and is therefore ab;le to answer. It looks to me like they should but threads might be different, Japan being metric.
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This may sound like a stupid question. Railcarmover; do you have to use a fuel pump on the downdraft?
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