In Praise of the Holley 94

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In honor of this weekend's Billetproof show in Antioch, California (where, God and the vagaries of offset lithography willing, the new issue of Gearhead will debut), we thought we'd bust out something for the traditional rodders out there. While the dudes in the Calaveras car club all seem to swear by Webers (and we think more rodders should use 'em), the long-standing choice for period-correct hop-up duty is bolting on as many goddamn Stromberg 97s as the manifold will take. With 97s going up in price, the boys at Street Rodder have suggested checking out the Holley 94.

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Originally designed in 1938 for the 24-stud Ford flathead, the 94 was developed by the Chandler-Groves company in exchange for a one-year exclusive-supplier contract. When the year was up, Henry took the blueprints to Holley, and for a ten-cent-per-unit discount over Chandler-Groves' pricing, the 94 soldiered on until 1957. If you're a carb geek, or just want to know a bit about the Bronze Age technology that mixed air and fuel before you the obstetrician smacked you on the bum and declared you male or female, the full Street Rodder piece is worth a read.

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Holley 94s: The Other Vintage Carburetor [Street Rodder]

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