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How to Rebuild and Modify
Carter/Edelbrock Carburetors
by Dave Emanuel
This book reflects the emergence of Edelbrock carburetors
as the predominant Carter
style carburetors in the market
today.
Containing more than 300 black and white photos,
illustrations, and diagrams, covering rebuilding, tuning, and
modifying Carter and Edelbrock carburetors. This book
also features the history of Carter as well as the history of
the AFB and the AVS since the purchase by Edelbrock.
Author David Emanuel outlines carburetor types, gives a
thorough look at carb selection and carb function, and
offers detailed information on modifications, tuning, and
rebuilding Carter/Edelbrock carburetors.
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sample pages!


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1 - History of Carburetors
2 - Carburetor Types
3 - Selecting a Carburetor
4 - How a Carburetor Works
5 - Carburetor Modifications
6 - Carburetor Tuning
7 - Rebuilding Tips
8-1/2 x 11"
Softbound
136 pages
Over 300 B/W Photos

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Price: $22.95
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History of Carter Carburetors
In the very first years of the 20th century, the age of mechanized transport dawned slowly, then
quickly grew into a frenzy of mid-day activity. The transition was fueled by youthful inventors imbued
with native mechanical genius who gravitated toward the emerging automobile business. It was
during this time that names which have since become immortalized in the annals of automotive
history made their first appearance before the American public: David Buick, Ransom Olds, Henry
Ford, Harry Stutz, Fred Duesenberg. By 1910 these engineering and marketing innovators brought
dramatic change to the face of automotive manufacturing.

But there were other lesser-known inventors whose contributions were of equal importance.
However, their endeavors were directed not toward building complete automobiles, but to the
creation and refinement of products required by the auto manufacturers. Because of this, history
has not treated their accomplishments quite so reverently. Will Carter was one of these men. Born
in 1884, just outside Union City, Tennessee, Carter received only five years of formal education.
Demonstrating a flair for things mechanical, he opened a repair shop at the age of 17. He serviced
bicycles, guns, and virtually any other type of mechanical apparatus that came through his front
door.
In 1902, Carter felt the limitations of his rural location. Since St. Louis, Missouri, was the only large
city within reasonable distance of his small shop, he moved on to the opportunities presented by an
urban environment. At best these were limited, as the automobile population of St. Louis was
sparse—less than a dozen cars. But Carter offered his talents and began expanding the base of
his repair business.

As was the case with most inventors of the day, Will Carter was a tinkerer. As if poor-quality
gasoline wasn’t enough for early motorists to contend with, the devices used to meter that gasoline
provided an additional source of irritation. Carter began to experiment with techniques and methods
of improving carburetor operation. His designs, translated into wooden models, served as the cores
for sand molds from which an improved, cast-bronze carburetor would subsequently appear.
From Tinkerer to Manufacturer
Carter’s new device brought greater accuracy to the process of metering fuel and mixing it with air.
As word of its superiority spread, demand rose to a sufficient level that in 1909, with the financial
backing of a friend, Will Carter founded the Carter Carburetor Company. The following year he
patented the Model C carburetor, an updraft design that incorporated an air valve. The Model C
was advertised as offering “dignified acceleration,” and other literature of the era stated that the
carburetor “has conclusively proved the established principle of automatic-multiple jets. It has
separate adjustments for low, intermediate, and high speeds, however its action is entirely
automatic and these adjustments, when properly made, are fixed, requiring no further attention.”

By 1911, Carter had designed and built the first downdraft carburetor. It was augmented with a
unique fuel-handling system, which used manifold vacuum to pump fuel from the main gas tank to a
small reservoir located above the carburetor. The pump assembly used a diaphragm constructed of
linseed-treated raincoat material.
Carter Carburetors first factory
Carter Model C carburetor
It might be said that the move into Carter’s first
factory in 1915 was a “shoe in.” The building
was formerly occupied by a shoe manufacturer.
One of Will Carter’s earliest creations, the Model
C carburetor, was patented in 1910. It was
claimed to offer “dignified acceleration.” The
Dodge Brothers were among the first automakers
to use this carb.
Carter M-2 model carburetor Carter model FO
Carter went to war with this carburetor—the M-
2. It served as original equipment on Liberty
trucks used by the U.S. Army during World
War I.
Carter’s model “FO,” a simple but reliable design,
was used on a variety of vehicles between 1910
and 1920.
But alas, the inability to properly discharge financial matters seems to be an adjunct to the inventor
psyche and by 1916—the Carter Carburetor Company was on the skids. It was reorganized in that
year, and Will Carter was left without a management role. Six years later, (1922) the company was
purchased by the American Car and Foundry Company, which subsequently became ACF
Industries.

Until 1925, Carter produced only replacement “aftermarket” carburetors, but with its first original
equipment order from a major automobile manufacturer (Chevrolet), the direction of the company
began to change. Chrysler Corporation began purchasing carburetors in 1928 and throughout the
1930s. Many other manufacturers—some of whom have since joined their ancestors in the great
wrecking yard in the sky—became original equipment customers. Nash, Hupmobile, Willys, Ford,
and later Buick, Oldsmobile, and Pontiac all turned to Carter for at least some of their original
equipment carburetors.
The Four-Barrel Era
Through the 1940s, life was good for the Carter Carburetor Company. It continued to supply
original equipment carburetors, but the introduction of mass-produced eight-cylinder engines
created a need for fuel and air handling capacity that exceeded the capacity of a one-barrel
carburetor. To answer the demand, Carter introduced the BBD two-barrel, which made its debut
beneath the hood of a DeSoto, a Chrysler Corporation brand that was discontinued in November
1960. This efficient carburetor, albeit with significant changes, was produced until the early 1980s.
The second and more important event—one that inexorably changed the history of the carburetor—
was the introduction of the world’s first four-barrel. This original design, called the WCFB (for Will
Carter Four Barrel), appeared atop the aging, Buick straight-eight engine.


Compared to later four-barrel designs, the WCFB seems more than a little archaic, weighing in at a
hefty 18 pounds and comprised of a cast-iron base, a zinc main body, and an aluminum air-horn
assembly. But “back in the day,” the WCFB was cutting edge and provided auto manufacturers with
the  airflow capacity required to raise horsepower levels to unprecedented levels. Some
performance engines demanded a higher  airflow capacity than a single WCFB could offer, so two
WCFBs were factory installed on some of the optional engines found in vehicles like Corvettes.
Although the WCFB remained in production through the mid ’60s, the 1957 introduction of the AFB,
which offered higher  airflow capacity at core efficient operation, stole most of its thunder. Even
though the AFB is usually associated with GM performance engines, its first use as an original-
equipment four-barrel was on a 1957 Ford powerplant. At one time or another, the AFB was used
by GM, Ford, and Chrysler, and it became “the” four-barrel of choice for original equipment
performance engines of the early Muscle Car era.
Carter four barrel AVS carburetor
Brothers or identical twins?
Many people mistake the
AVS for an AFB. While the
two models are very similar,
the AVS, introduced in 1966,
uses a spring-loaded, rather
than counterweighted,
secondary air valve.
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How to Rebuild and Modify
Carter/Edelbrock Carburetors
by Dave Emanuel
This book reflects the emergence of Edelbrock carburetors
as the predominant Carter
style carburetors in the market
today.
Containing more than 300 black and white photos,
illustrations, and diagrams, covering rebuilding, tuning, and
modifying Carter and Edelbrock carburetors. This book
also features the history of Carter as well as the history of
the AFB and the AVS since the purchase by Edelbrock.
Author David Emanuel outlines carburetor types, gives a
thorough look at carb selection and carb function, and
offers detailed information on modifications, tuning, and
rebuilding Carter/Edelbrock carburetors.
Click below to view
sample pages!


Only 1 Left in Stock, Order Soon!
1 - History of Carburetors
2 - Carburetor Types
3 - Selecting a Carburetor
4 - How a Carburetor Works
5 - Carburetor Modifications
6 - Carburetor Tuning
7 - Rebuilding Tips
8-1/2 x 11"
Softbound
136 pages
Over 300 B/W Photos

Item # SA130P
Price: $22.95
Click here to buy now!


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