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Old 04-05-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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are wood carb spacers any good, i mean do the hold up or will they deteriorate
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:10 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-05-2012, 02:18 PM   #3
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Well the one I have is from Summit Racing, its an Edelbrock wood spacer
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:53 PM   #4
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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.

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??

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

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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.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:39 PM   #6
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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
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Phenolic > aluminum
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:13 AM   #8
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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 ...
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I believe they are made from press wood so it won't act like real wood will.
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Old 04-06-2012, 09:42 AM   #10
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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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