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Old 19th-March-2017, 06:56 PM   #1
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How is a Holley carb body golden color restored? Is it plated or do they use a chemical conversion stabilization process? I have a Holley that I would like to restore and need to know what has to be done. I have seen a few that look like they were spray painted. I am hoping to get it done without having to send it out of state.

Check out the L 79 Carb. The last sentence says it is redyed like the original. I was hoping that a carb "go to guy" could tell us what he uses and where to get it.

http://www.allcarbs.com/detail.php?pid=1008

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Old 19th-March-2017, 08:28 PM   #2
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Try Eastwood, they have just about everything you'll need for resto.
http://search.eastwood.com/search?p=...core&view=grid

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I'm having my Holley 3607 for the California L79 restored in Florida. Out of state obviously. I have a friend who has thousands of carbs collected over the years and he gave me the names of a few guys that were really good and did it right, but most in California, Jersey or Florida. He did not mention Arizona. If you want I can text him and see if he knows anyone in Arizona. Like I said he only mentioned guys he trusted to do it right. Not cheap either. Maybe 250 up plus shipping. Mine is 300 plus shipping both ways. ARRGGGG!
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I'm having my Holley 3607 for the California L79 restored in Florida. Out of state obviously. I have a friend who has thousands of carbs collected over the years and he gave me the names of a few guys that were really good and did it right, but most in California, Jersey or Florida. He did not mention Arizona. If you want I can text him and see if he knows anyone in Arizona. Like I said he only mentioned guys he trusted to do it right. Not cheap either. Maybe 250 up plus shipping. Mine is 300 plus shipping both ways. ARRGGGG!
I might get back to you on that. There are a few guys here that do a good job on carbs but the guy I wanted to use just retired. I found a 3419 carb at the swap meet that I am hoping to use. I got it for $5.00. I was an engineer at Cape Canaveral and we had to use a chemical on aluminum conduit that turned it about the same color as a carb. It kept the salt air from corroding the aluminum conduit on the mobile service towers for the Titan IV's. I guess you know there are a few people that you don't want to send a carb to. I have a buddy that is a member here and also on the Corvette forum and he is checking with his sources for me. I can do a kit on one but I want the color to be right. Thanks for helping out.
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Guys, just had my carb done buy Tom Zeman ghostt performance in NY what a job this is for a Mustang but he does GM stuff also this guys has a a great rep for restoring carbs.

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Guys, just had my carb done buy Tom Zeman ghostt performance in NY what a job this is for a Mustang but he does GM stuff also this guys has a a great rep for restoring carbs.

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Outstanding Job. Is that his contact info at the top?

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Looks great. Go for it Buddy. My friend might have mentioned him also. My friend is probably on that Corvette forum as he finds hard to find stuff or it is in his inventory. He also owns a 57 vette. My carb is rare enough and he had three of them in his possession he had probably got 25 years ago. He just found a carb for a Shelby Cobra and had a guy restore it so it looked as it came on the car in 66 and was clean but not restored looking. A guy did it just right for him and the client was pleased. My friend is super knowledgeable about carbs. He looked at one I had and pointed out three things wrong that were not obvious to the normal person but looked correct.
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Guys, just had my carb done buy Tom Zeman ghostt performance in NY what a job this is for a Mustang but he does GM stuff also this guys has a a great rep for restoring carbs.

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how much did he charge you? and did he paint or re-plate your carb? thanks
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This puts a damper on what I want to do. If you read the Q&A's in the link it will speak volumes.


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Try Eastwood, they have just about everything you'll need for resto.
http://search.eastwood.com/search?p=...core&view=grid
The reviews are saying that gas is washing the paint off. Sounds like a clear coat may be needed.
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Its di-chromate not sure its considered plating same material Holley used i would call Tom and ask the question he a great guy, he always picks up the phone.

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Give Eric a try.

Here is his web site. This guy does outstanding work It will look like a piece of jewelry when you get it back.

http://vintagemusclecarparts.com/
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Give Eric a try.

Here is his web site. This guy does outstanding work It will look like a piece of jewelry when you get it back.

http://vintagemusclecarparts.com/
That is the best advice you can ever get when it comes to carburetors. Eric is simply hands down the best in the business. he is widely know on the SYC and does outstanding work...customer service is second to none.

I have been using him for many years...don't even give it a second thought...just call him

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I went to the Falcon Warbirds hangar at Falcon Field and borrowed a bottle of Anodine chem conversion that is for aluminum. It does a perfect gold with pink and green patina on aluminum but was a big dud on zinc. I am waiting on a reply from a company in Michigan that has the coating for zinc die cast. I hope I can get a small quantity of the compound and see how it does . I'll post the findings if things work out. Later.
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