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Sunday, July 17, 2016
Hand-Fabricating Custom Air Cleaners (with how-to photos)
Note to Readers:I just love this do it yourself blog post of making car parts by the Hot Rod Network and had to share. Given the tools and the time, I would love to do more of this type of car restoration on my 1957 Chevy. Back in the day, I subscribe to several Vintage and Classic Car Magazines, but alas those day have gone the way of the dodo bird. Everything you would want is on the internet today. If you can't waste several hours on a Saturday surfing car blogs such as Hot Rod Magazine Beta and Texas Classic Chevy Experience you are just not trying. Here is a link to Hot Rod's web page, Check it out and I'm convinced you'll enjoy the site: http://beta.hotrod.com/ Link to the post copied: http://beta.hotrod.com/articles/hand-fabricating-custom-two-barrel-air-cleaners/
Picture a 1959 Chrysler 300E, its 413 Wedge adorned with paralleled ham can-style air cleaners atop a pair of dual quads. Now wipe that mental slate clean and picture the same air cleaners, inline, atop a quartet of Stromberg two-barrels feeding a vintage Hemi in a 1932 Ford roadster. Same … but different … different in a good way!
To formally “induce” the 1957 392 in his Deuce roadster project that Austin Speed Shop is currently undertaking, Dr. Dan Peterson chose a somewhat rare Horne 4×2 intake, for which a quartet of Stromberg 97s affixed. But rather than the average aluminum snorkels or standard paper-element air cleaners, he wanted something unique to top things off. That’s where the dual-quad Wedge inspiration came from—but with a 90-degree twist.
Seeing as the investment in purchasing an OE air cleaner setup would not be so cost-effective, say nothing about further modifications required to re-quip them for “quad-dual” service, the answer was simple: have Austin Speed Shop’s lead fabricator, Eric Anderson, custom-fabricate a fresh set.
While the solution may have been simple, the forthcoming process took a little effort and ingenuity, to say the least. Our following documentation of the procedure should give you some good insight on the process.