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Old 06-07-2017, 02:13 PM   #1
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Default Rayfield RIF Carburetor

I was fortunate to pick up a Rayfield "RIF" carburetor recently.

Does anyone know anything about these?

It seems to have a "pump" circuit similar to the Tillotson F1B.

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Old 06-08-2017, 11:08 AM   #2
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Default Re: Rayfield RIF Carburetor

Hello Joe,

I was also fortunate to find one a couple years ago in an old guys barn covered with oil and straw, he had a Craigslist Listing for some "A" parts. I thought it was kind neat, so I cleaned it up, fixed the float, float valve, and made a new gasket for it. I bolted it to my tired 30 coupe and it ran as good as a few of my Zeniths. I just had to get a new gas line and bend it just right to fit. These carburetors will built by the Marvel Carburetor Company of Flint, Michigan. They are somewhat rare from what I've read in a couple articles. I found two articles, one in The Restorer, Volume 40, Issue 3, September/October 1995, and a more recent article in the Model A News, March-April 2017. These carbs were designed to run on Model A's & B's. The carburetor was expensive to produce, so that is probably why they are rare. Bolt it on and give it a go with the "high-speed enrichment jet".

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Default Re: Rayfield RIF Carburetor

Thank you for your reply. I had seen the Model A.org entry on Rayfield RIF including the 1995 Restorer references. But have not seen the Model A News reference which is obviously new (and why I haven't seen it.)

It may be time to start up my membership to MARC again?

It does seem to be a rather "precisely" made carburetor - lots of finicky parts in a rather involved body casting. This one appears all there and is unmolested (I always look with suspect on a carburetor shown on Ebay "apart") and should be a good candidate for restoration.

And either run it and see how it goes - or put it on the shelf next to that Mochi, the Zenith "no-same" (Argentinian copy?), the Simmons Wizard, the spare Tilly X, the Tilly F1B, The Marvel/AllState/

He who dies with the most spare parts wins?

Only (what is it?) 28 Zenith variants to go?

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"Somewhere" I saw a LOOOOOONG list of brands of carbs, made for Model A's.
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