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Old 01-17-2018, 01:18 PM   #1
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Default Calling all Side Mount 31 Carbs that you have

Note the INSANITY of this auction

https://www.ebay.com/itm/Zenith-3-Si...0?roken=cUgayN
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:30 PM   #2
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Started at $50.00. 19 bids later, the bid is up to $910.00.........WOW!
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Old 01-17-2018, 01:44 PM   #3
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How the devil did that thing get bid up like that? I don't know that carb. Is there something magic about it?

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Old 01-17-2018, 01:50 PM   #4
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Late '31 A's with the indented firewall, and the fuel shut-off in the engine compartment, had the side bowl Zenith Carbs.
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:13 PM   #5
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Shill bids. He has his buddies bidding it up, hoping some sucker will fall in and grab it while it's "cheap".
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:30 PM   #6
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If you're into fine point that carb does have the correct original side bowl and through bolt. The repops of those parts are poor. How much is that last point worth to you?
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:32 PM   #7
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If you're into fine point that carb does have the correct original side bowl and through bolt. The repops of those parts are poor. How much is that last point worth to you?
apparently $910 haha. Just because the auction is up there doesnt mean they will pay. Buyer has more ebay rights than seller anyways.
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:36 PM   #8
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I'd bet money that it does not get paid for. This is way over the top and some people bid on things just to see the numbers go up but never pay for them. In the 3 days that are left it could rival Bitcoin.
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:38 PM   #9
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The FACT is, Its a Ford Made Carb, Not a Zenith or Holly..
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:40 PM   #10
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Not "ALL" only #3 Side Bowls..
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Old 01-17-2018, 02:53 PM   #11
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F.M. has it. Just watch any Zenith-3 on Epay, not just the side bowl, they go
for big bucks.

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Old 01-17-2018, 04:21 PM   #12
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You could have bought it for $750.00 as it was
listed here on the Barn a couple days ago.
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Old 01-17-2018, 04:42 PM   #13
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You could have bought it for $750.00 as it was
listed here on the Barn a couple days ago.
Looks like the same person but the one listed on this site says SOLD.
Maybe he took it off here and put it on Epay.
https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=237074

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Old 01-17-2018, 04:49 PM   #14
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I only paid $125.00 for mine in 1995 . I thought that was a high price then .It was advertised in one of the national club magazines as a rebuilt carb . I needed one for the late 31 tudor that I was restoring so I didn't hesitate . It looked good and run great right out of the box .

Simmons side bowl carbs also bring a pretty high price, they are even rarer than the Zenith side bowl carbs . Cast iron Simmons carbs give more performance and look
almost exactly like a Zenith .
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Old 01-17-2018, 04:54 PM   #15
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I've seen a few things that people really need go for prices like that.I had an Amal GP racing carb for British bikes I put on ebay maybe 10 years ago.I put it on for $50.or $75.to start.I didn't think it had much value until I started getting requests for details.I gave everybody every bit of information I possibly could,and it ended for well over $1500.After the buyer talked to me a little bit he told me his high bid was way more than what it brought.Luckily for him the other bidders stopped at around $1500.I had some NOS rear fenders for a 31 wide bed pickup,I didn't want to sell them,I was looking for a bed to use them on.Somebody from here got wind that I had them and wanted to see them.They hired somebody local to look at them,and first offer was what I thought was just plain outlandish.He said he needed them and couldn't afford to shop around.I got enough money to buy a new narrow bed and a set of four new fenders with money left over.I didn't even suggest a price.He set it.
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Old 01-17-2018, 05:16 PM   #16
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And the narrow beds look a lot better to me . You really hit ther jackpot on that deal !!!
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:17 PM   #17
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Here are some pictures of the Zenith and Simmons side bowl carburetors Purdy mentioned
Zenith pictured is not a 3
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Old 01-17-2018, 06:45 PM   #18
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One man's big bucks is another's chump change.
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Old 01-17-2018, 07:17 PM   #19
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There were Zenith 3's with and without the side bowl . Either one is very hard to find .
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Old 01-17-2018, 08:40 PM   #20
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I have acquired a few side bowl style carbs over the past 30 or so years
since that is the correct one for my late '31 Tudor. Pardon the dust as some of these have been sitting on the same shelf in my basement for 25 years.

Left of the Zenith-3 side bowl on the bottom is a Zenith-3 non sidebowl.
I purchased both of the 3's from the late Dave Cella about the time he and his wife were restoring their beautiful '28 Coupe almost 20 years ago.

Knowing his skills at restoring carbs, I think these would be appropriate to enter into fine point judging after just a bunch of clean-up. There may be a couple things that would need to be changed as I have not yet checked them against the Guidelines. I'll agree that these are very difficult to find.

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