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Restored Stromberg OF

Post by StanHowe » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:21 am

Same carb. It took me an entire afternoon to get it apart enough so I could finish taking it apart. May not have been the worst one ever but it was pretty close
2019 12 27 rusty of.jpg

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Re: Restored Stromberg OF

Post by Mike Robinson » Sat Dec 28, 2019 3:04 am

Nice work! Did you have to make the missing nut from the top of the float in the first photo?

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Re: Restored Stromberg OF

Post by Scott_Conger » Sat Dec 28, 2019 11:26 am

Remarkable, Stan. Thanks for sharing.

When I first got my driver's license, I used to go over to an old Swedish Tool and Die maker's home after school and he would instruct me on the use of old machinery and hand fitting parts. Often weeks went by where I only used a file and jewlers' saw. He did fabulous restorations of Scientific devices and very early clocks. My love for machinery and hand work was born in his basement during those years and skills learned, served as a solid foundation for everything I've done in life.

It's really good of you to share this with us.
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Re: Restored Stromberg OF

Post by dmdeaton » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:19 pm

What do u guys clean the brass bodies with? I know u don’t blast unless it’s ultra fine or soda?
They look great!!

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Re: Restored Stromberg OF

Post by aDave » Sat Dec 28, 2019 12:33 pm

Sometimes I think that in his early years that Stan went to the Penn and Teller school of magic.

Seeing an example of his work like this, I believe even more.....

(After all, Virginia, there IS a Santa Claus)>

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Re: Restored Stromberg OF

Post by Rich Eagle » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:06 pm

It's always a treat to see those!
When did I do that?

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Re: Restored Stromberg OF

Post by BE_ZERO_BE » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:20 pm


That's truly A.S.N. work. :?

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Re: Restored Stromberg OF

Post by StanHowe » Sat Dec 28, 2019 1:47 pm

Thanks, quick answers before I head back to the shop, trying to get some in the mail today.

I bead blast virtually every thing. I use 70/100 Potters glass beads which tend to break down into a finer dust more than some others. I have an old bead blast cabinet that I've been going to replace for years. I never change the beads, just dump the vacuum once or twice a year when it quits sucking and add more beads. I blast at 125 lbs.

Ultrasonic cleaner. IMHO anybody who isn't cleaning carbs with good ultrasonic is not cleaning them. I have three. The first has some pretty nasty stuff in it to clean passages. The second has some medium nasty with gun brass case cleaner/shine stuff and more of my concoctions. Third has water with some soap to try to get all the crap off from the ultrasonics. Then outside I have a bigger ultrasonic with what is basically lacquer thinner and other goop to try to clean internal passages, etc. It is nasty but usually works. If you don't clean the passages you didn't clean the carburetor. I drill or run a reamer through every passage. I have about every sized reamer you can think of.

Wire brush, stainless steel, .006 3450 1/3 hp. Sanding drums. Buffing wheels, big Baldor buffer outside. It will be a hell of an auction.

Parts. I have 6 lathes of various sizes, two unimats, one Little Machine Shop 8 x 16, one Enco 6 x 19, one Sherline and a Jet Gunsmith 13 x 39. Bought them all new except one of the Unimat SL's. Probably 100 lbs of brass stock from 1/16 to 1 1/2 both round and hex as well as some square. I make most of the brass bolts and nuts I use from stock. I also have two mills and half a dozen drill presses set up for various operations. So make those float caps as well as machine a lot of other parts. I have well over 100 sizes of matching taps and dies from 0-80 to 1 1/2 x 32. Most are older Greenfield tap and die but some are new even tho they are made in China or Japan or Israel.

I have every size of screw from 0-80 up through larger sizes and make a lot of the specialty bolts and pieces, including those float cover caps. I usually make a couple dozen at a time depending on how busy I am. Nearly every Stromberg carb is missing that cap. I also save all the usable originals I get.

I also have probably 20 or 30 custom made jigs and fixtures for various operations.

Back to the shop.

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