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Old 04-05-2012, 06:49 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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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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Well the one I have is from Summit Racing, its an Edelbrock wood spacer
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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, 10:39 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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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
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, 08:42 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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