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Toastintx 04-05-2012 07:49 AM

wood carb spacers
 
are wood carb spacers any good, i mean do the hold up or will they deteriorate

69mach1377 04-05-2012 02:10 PM

Wood will absorb fuel and may catch fire. There were wood looking ones made of a composite of some sort as well as black ones and aluminum spacers that are better.

Toastintx 04-05-2012 02:18 PM

Well the one I have is from Summit Racing, its an Edelbrock wood spacer

JMD 04-05-2012 09:53 PM

I have heard they work fine and are actually very good at insulating the carb from the manifold.

Would I sport one? IDK, I think I would so long as it wasn't left in natural finish. :D

It would bug me if I ever got asked why I have wood parts on my engine.. and "did all cars built in the 60s have wooden engine parts?? :D

FWIW, if I had already bought a wood spacer I would try it for sure. (but I would paint it).

musnicki 04-05-2012 11:26 PM

I have an aluminum one. I put on a spacer to keep heat off of my carb. The wood one probably would do a better job and keeping heat from the manifold to the carb. My carb still gets kinda warm and it bugs me.

Toastintx 04-05-2012 11:39 PM

well this "wood" spacer doesnt look like wood, and i guess its probably as odd as putting phenolic on an engine! I'm just hoping that it holds up and doesnt deteriorate. lol

eZ 04-06-2012 12:06 AM

Phenolic > aluminum

kalli 04-06-2012 04:13 AM

musnicki: aluminum is about the worst you could possibly do to keep heat away from the carburetor. metal has a very high heat conductivity.
If you need to keep heat away get a phenolic spacer!
I have that one with open gasket at bottom and square bore gasket on top
http://www.summitracing.com/parts/EDL-8711/
obviously make sure the shape matches your carb and intake.

as for wood spacers, as long as they make phenolic ones, I don't see the point.
They won't soak up with petrol and water like wood would.

I think would will work, but for longetivity they are probably crap.
they would soak water and first winter they'd crack. you'd be chasing vacuum leaks forever. I think they were the cheap mans spacer when you could just make another one next week ...

andrewmp6 04-06-2012 06:27 AM

I believe they are made from press wood so it won't act like real wood will.

Starfury 04-06-2012 09:42 AM

I had a fiber/composite spacer, which is what I suspect you have rather than a piece of wood. It worked well for insulation, but eventually compressed and warped and I ditched it for a phenolic spacer.


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