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68F100
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posted 03-14-2003 10:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Bear with me...this might get longwinded...


This week I was in Davenport for training and today we had class at Republic Electric Supply. They are practically next door to our main office. Anyway we do a lot of business with them and they were nice enough to let us use their facility for class today.

There is a section of their huge warehouse that is like a guy's dream hangout. One room has tons of war pictures, old cartoons, and whatnot on the walls. It is set up as the "classroom". The next room has a pool table in the middle, a bar on one end, and a general hanging out area on the other end.

The room off of this second room contains old pictures of war aircraft. Well, all of the rooms do, but this room is pretty much dedicated to it. There are old props hanging on the walls. Vintage war helmets and gear. There is also a little astronaut gear.

The guy who started Republic was in the air force in WWII. He's long gone now, but I sure wish I had been able to meet him. Just the way he had the place set up gave the feeling that he was a helluva guy.

Anyway, in the corner, surrounded by autographed pictures with former Presidents,Astronauts, and other such great Americans was something that caught my eye.
It was a Holley carburetor from some kind of airplane. Don't know exactly what plane it was from, but the carb was huge. It was as big as a small microwave oven. (Lousy comparison, but you get the picture, I hope).

Does anyone know anything about Holley carbs for airplanes? I didn't have a camera or I would have taken pics.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 03-14-2003 10:40 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cool, those old Warbirds are bitchin

Did it 'look' like a Holley? Very intriguing!

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68F100
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posted 03-14-2003 10:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wondered what the heck it was before I got up close. It does look like a carb, but with some strange differences. I guess the application would necessitate some engineering differences from the Holleys that are put on cars.

On a regular carb, the "barrels" are round right? Well this thing was square inside. I should have studied it closer. Maybe next month I'll go take a closer look. Maybe some pics too.

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V8 Thumper
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posted 03-14-2003 11:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for V8 Thumper   Click Here to Email V8 Thumper     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some pics would be excellent!

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Mpcoluv
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posted 03-15-2003 08:26 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mpcoluv   Click Here to Email Mpcoluv     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
There was an airplance carb used in the '40s that worked a lot like a predator.....
Maybe that's what you saw.....

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cobravenom71
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posted 03-15-2003 09:29 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cobravenom71   Click Here to Email cobravenom71     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
That plane probably would have run better with an Edlebrock...

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posted 03-15-2003 10:45 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MAV   Click Here to Email MAV     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Only if it was a "street" plane and not a "race" Plane! lol

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