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Looking For A Good Carburetor
« on: January 16, 2017, 07:15:13 PM »
2.3 1974 Ford Pinto, mainly stock. I just put in headers that I took from a 92 Ford Ranger XLT.  I am looking for the best carb option. Also, what would be a good air filter for it?

I was looking at a 2150 with this air filter
http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwiDtbDClMnRAhWJOoEKHaaMAs0YABAF&sig=AOD64_0537ktFfyIjB_AAtJ1mi43cXh3Mg&ctype=5&rct=j&q=&ved=0ahUKEwj35avClMnRAhWE3YMKHdrcCHgQvhcIMg&adurl=

Or if I rebuild the 5200 stock carb myself and replace the air filter with this
http://www.google.com/aclk?sa=l&ai=DChcSEwiN0pHwlMnRAhXLJYEKHZFaCzkYABAB&sig=AOD64_11c1tVxCfw23PdEvRa6qOCXxXEHw&ctype=5&rct=j&q=&ved=0ahUKEwiy6IzwlMnRAhWF14MKHeqRAGoQwg8IHw&adurl=

What is the best set up or what set up do you guys currently have installed on your Pintos?
Will replacing the oil filler cap with a non-vented cap be the best option as well? I read this post on here and was looking for more feedback on it.
http://www.fordpinto.com/your-pintosbobcats-racers/modify-your-pcv-system!/msg56929/#msg56929

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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #1 on: January 17, 2017, 08:59:47 AM »
Best carb for the ease of mounting and good gains in HP is the 38/38 Weber. Cheapest way is the 2150 Motorcraft with the filter you listed. Those carbs came on Ford pick ups in the 60's and 70's. 2150's are hard to find as the mini stock boys use them. There are several sizes listed in the tech tip that work just fine. Stay away from the 5200 if you want more HP. Can't help you on the breather cap as I use a Turbo Mustang aluminum valve cover and with the stock Mustang screw in cap.
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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #2 on: January 17, 2017, 10:53:22 AM »
Best carb for the ease of mounting and good gains in HP is the 38/38 Weber. Cheapest way is the 2150 Motorcraft with the filter you listed. Those carbs came on Ford pick ups in the 60's and 70's. 2150's are hard to find as the mini stock boys use them. There are several sizes listed in the tech tip that work just fine. Stay away from the 5200 if you want more HP. Can't help you on the breather cap as I use a Turbo Mustang aluminum valve cover and with the stock Mustang screw in cap.

Thank you so much! I guess I'm going to go with the Weber.


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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2017, 11:03:25 AM »
The Weber has both butterflys the same dia and as such the 5200 adapter will need the small hole enlarged to the same size as the big hole. Easy with a die grinder / a mill / maybe a hole saw. Well worth it.
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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #4 on: January 17, 2017, 01:42:03 PM »
Would it matter on which Weber 38/38 I go with? Like DGES or DGAS?

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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #5 on: January 17, 2017, 03:15:11 PM »
I have no idea. Never bought one.
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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #6 on: January 17, 2017, 03:29:05 PM »
I have no idea. Never bought one.

Okay, from what I've been reading, one has an electric choke and the other is manual.


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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #7 on: February 01, 2017, 10:10:17 PM »
before you invest in a lot of carb replacements, you might try having a carb shop open up the main jet on your 5200. most were jetted really lean..and most of the rebuilds have unknown jets.. you really cant go by the "jet size" numbers.. if the car bogs or has a flat spot, find a good cam shop with a set of jet reamers and have them open up the jets .005 to .010 to start with.. when I got my 73 it had a "rebuilt" 5200 and had a serious flat spot, I had the main jet opened .010 and it runs like a champ..  also you might want to cut away about half of the throttle spring so you wont need to put two feet on the accelerator pedal..  also...

best thing you can do to a 4 cylinder pinto is to get an adjustable cam pulley and advance the cam about 4 degrees.. lowers the power curve and increases torque..
 experiment with the advance to get best performance for your car but not more than 6 degrees advance.

look up racer walsh.. he has the parts..he also races a pinto on the SCCA circuit..

http://www.racerwalsh.zoovy.com/ tell brian that ed with the lil red wagon in texas sent you...
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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #8 on: February 02, 2017, 04:15:49 AM »
before you invest in a lot of carb replacements, you might try having a carb shop open up the main jet on your 5200. most were jetted really lean..and most of the rebuilds have unknown jets.. you really cant go by the "jet size" numbers.. if the car bogs or has a flat spot, find a good cam shop with a set of jet reamers and have them open up the jets .005 to .010 to start with.. when I got my 73 it had a "rebuilt" 5200 and had a serious flat spot, I had the main jet opened .010 and it runs like a champ..  also you might want to cut away about half of the throttle spring so you wont need to put two feet on the accelerator pedal..  also...

best thing you can do to a 4 cylinder pinto is to get an adjustable cam pulley and advance the cam about 4 degrees.. lowers the power curve and increases torque..
 experiment with the advance to get best performance for your car but not more than 6 degrees advance.

look up racer walsh.. he has the parts..he also races a pinto on the SCCA circuit..

http://www.racerwalsh.zoovy.com/ tell brian that ed with the lil red wagon in texas sent you...

Thanks for the very useful information! Going to have to get that done. Sounds like it's way cheaper than buying a new carb. I am definitely going to get a hold of him and get the adjustable cam pulley.


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Re: Looking For A Good Carburetor
« Reply #9 on: February 02, 2017, 08:52:07 AM »
The carb mod is covered on the forum FAQ / tech tips. Read up.
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