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Old 12-28-2020, 12:21 AM   #1
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Default Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

Found this critter while cleaning in my grandpas basement yesterday.

Are these sought after by Flathead enthusiasts?

Also what's the bolt/stud on the end of the manifold for?

Thanks in advance for any advice.
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Old 12-28-2020, 12:24 AM   #2
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Default Re: Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

Hello. Yes, that would be something a flathead enthusiast might want. The Stromberg carbs are also something that people go for. The big stud at the front is where the generator attaches.
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Default Re: Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

Wonder if the barb fitting tapped in the top between carbs is a factory job?
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I have several Edmunds manifolds, and that's how they typically hooked up the windshield wipers. That manifold is different from most Edmunds dual manifolds in that the carburetors appear to mounted further forward than usual. To use it, you will probably need a special generator bracket. It does look like an alternator might fit, though. Finally, the road draft tube and oil filler tube openings in the front make that for the later "8ba" engines ('49-'53).

While that setup is desirable (especially with those carburetors), it is not a sought after rare collectible.
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The carbs may be mounted further forward because it is an 8BA type, which can typically have the generator further forward to line up with the belts.
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Would a better pic of full length tell you more if it does in fact have carbs mounted forward?
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That would help. The Edmunds 8BA dual manifolds I have seen have the "Edmunds" script between the front of the manifold and the front carb, not between the carbs like yours. These will allow the generator to be mounted in the conventional position. I couldn't be sure about yours unless I measured it or tried a generator, but I don't think a generator would fit. Edmunds made several varieties of 8BA dual manifolds including a "Super" for 4 bolt carbs, so it's hard to know. Here's a picture of a more common Edmunds 8BA dual. Note the difference in the distance between the front carb and the generator mount.
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Default Re: Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

The first regular dual I ran on my '51 was an Edmunds like the one pictured above. The can ran OK, but the carb placement and spacing just looked odd imo, and like no other regular 8BA I've ever seen. I eventually sold it and installed an Edelbrock regular dual that has "normal" carb placement and spacing. I remember the buyer was Charlie Price of Vintage Speed who was collecting Edmunds products at that time.

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definitely good swap meet material if priced correctly
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I think this like the one Tubman posted with 94s....... Mark
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Default Re: Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

Now that I clearly see the manifold, it has the overall design and carb placement like most regular 8BA duals. The picture of Tubman's is the odd one I described in my previous post.
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Default Re: Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

The intake is a later one and 49-53 had a generator mount and strap as pictured is needed to run a gennie on the 49-53. This would move it out a bit to fit your generator. Thats a nice setup and worth a few bucks as the carbs are desirable 1935 1936 1937 large logo 97 carb
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Default Re: Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

The O/P's manifold seems to have less than 6" clearance between the generator mount and the front carb. I don't have anything here in Florida to measure, but I don't think that's near enough for a regular Ford generator. It is probably plenty for an alternator.

"V8 Bob" - It's odd, but all of the 8BA Edmunds dual manifolds I have seen look like the picture I posted. It's why I have always referred to the Edmunds as "the ugliest manifold in existence".

I just noticed the 97's match; that's a plus as well.
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Default Re: Edmunds manifold, Twin Stromberg 97 carbs

As you see in the picture the generator will be moved forward and clears the carburetor. This is on a 53 Mercury motor thin belt gennie and with the strap that hold the generator you move it more forward with the twin belt system. The center line for the belt is 3.250 that is on the water/generator and second belt center line is 3.750 running the fan/waterpump. This is why it works as it moves the generator forward to run water pumps.
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49-53 generator with strap mount and early edmunds with early style gennie
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