Rebuilding, buying & selling bronze era Stromberg Carburetors as well as most other brands of the teens & twenties.

Modern needle & seat conversions for all bronze Strombergs, Kingston 4 Ball, Zenith & others.
Vintage - Antique - Classic

Stromberg Model OF for Model T Ford, RF for Model T Ford,
LF for Model T Ford,
LB-1, LB-2, OE-1, OE-2, OS-1, OS-2, OX-2, MX-2, MX-3 & others including U & J, Kingston 4 & 5 ball,
Zenith, Rayfield AND MANY MORE!  

Stan Howe
Brass Carburetors
4433 Red Fox Dr 
Helena, Mt 59602

 406-949-3448 cell 

June 23, 2017
As of June 30, 2017 I will be making some changes in my carburetor business.  I will not be taking in any new repair work to be completed before November 1, 2017.   I need to get caught up in the shop -- and have many other business and personal interests that also need my attention.  

After about 15 years of this, I still like doing the rebuilding and turning a piece of brass into a functioning part of an antique automobile, truck or tractor.  However, this is not a modern repair shop where there are parts on the shelf.  This is a restoration service which sometimes requires me to spend hours and hours to make one small part or tearing down half a dozen parts carbs to find one needed part.  It is very time consuming.  I also test run and adjust virtually every carburetor to make sure it will work as expected when delivered.  

I can not and do not promise any return dates.  You can request that I get your work done when you want it but that means someone else is waiting for theirs.  

If you need a carb rebuilt be aware that it will not be back on your schedule, it will be back when I can get it done.  I am still working on a back log from 2016 and earlier.

In 2016 I got 16 carburetors in from a museum and 7 others for rebuild in one week.  I have carburetors in museums and collections all over the world but make them wait like everybody else.  

 At this point I am caught up to where I have about 15 or 20 to get done and in the mail and I will be pretty much caught up.  I may or may not accept any more work at that point.  I am old, getting older every day and every year and like most people, I am not as healthy 40 years ago when I was 35 and could work all day and night day after day.  I also have three other businesses including owning one of Montana's largest auction companies and have a couple girls and a college age boy I am helping raise.  They and their activities interest me and I will continue to attend their school activities, play music together and spend time with them doing other things -- helping them rebuild their 1948 CJ2A Jeep, teaching them to drive, etc.  

I do not know of anyone else who does this work on brass carburetors so have no where else to send you. 

Also, be aware that I no longer work on ANY Model T Ford carburetors newer than the Holley G.  I do work on the early Holleys for pre-T and early T Fords, Kingston ball types and the Holley G's.  I started this business pretty much by accident when I bought a Model T with a Stromberg OF that leaked like a sieve but ran well.  I fixed it, sold the car, bought another OF, fixed it etc.  I have now done well over 1,000 of those and will continue to buy, rebuild and sell those as I have time.  (As some of you may know, I spent over 40 years following in my father and grandfathers' footsteps as a violin repairman and maker.  Another grandfather was a jeweler and they were all farmers so I grew up working on anything that needed fixing.)

In mid July I hope to have a list of carburetors for sale from my extensive inventory and collection. I have several hundred carburetors in stock as well as one of the more extensive Model T Ford Accessory Carburetor collections.  Pretty much everything is for sale. 

 If you wish to be notified send me an email at and I will notify you when it is available.  

If you have a carburetor here and do not wish to wait any longer let me know and I will either get it done and to you or send it back with your payment.   But do not call me, especially when you are drunk on a Sunday afternoon and start ranting at me.  I will not tolerate that. Period. A recent episode of that was the impetus for this change in my business and this notification.  

Thank you for 15 years of business.  However, please do not send me any carburetor without calling or emailing me and making sure we are on the same page for return times and that there will be extra charges for missing major parts, badly damaged castings, etc.  I also will no longer spend half a day disassembling a rusted, corroded, dented carburetor with missing and damaged parts and then have you tell me "The wife won't let me spend that much money on it, just send it back and I'll fix it myself"  and expect me to deliver it to your son that happens to be in Helena on a Sunday morning so you don't have to pay return shipping.  The law of the west is to check your purse before you order a round for the house.  That is what it will be here from now on.  I deal with customers and have plenty of work from people who are willing to pay for my time and expertise, I don't need that kind of people wasting my time.  

I regret that I can no longer spend hours on the phone or answering emails every day giving advice on carburetors - rebuilding - etc.  I will also no longer be buying much inventory.  Send me an email with photos if you wish but I may not be able to answer it as soon as you wish.  
Stan Howe, Helena, Montana. 406-949-3448  

Below is from earlier in 2017.  
I am back in the shop and working every day, rebuilding and selling carburetors.  I got a lot done over the winter but am ALWAYS behind.  I am working on the back log of repairs and for the most part, try to get them out in the order they came in.  This time of year I am getting a lot of work in so it will be some time before you get your carb back if you send it in.  I try to get orders out for carbs that are sold as soon as possible but have NO stock of rebuilts on the shelf ready to go, all the ones I rebuilt over the winter have already sold and either are gone or will be within a few weeks.  
New arrivals, special interest and rare carbs are on the SPECIAL CARBS FOR SALE tab, click it to see what I have. 
You can call me at 406-949-3448 or email me at  I try to answer every call as it comes in but you may have to leave me a message.  I will call you back as soon as possible and answer emails as soon as I can get a minute or two to do so.

Thank you for the support of this little one old man business.   

Thanks, Stan Howe

For permission to use photos in publications please contact me. Printed information on this site is not to be quoted in ebay ads or other sales venues without permission from me.  I have not in the past and do not not endorse any other repair facility.  

Additional Rebuilds

This is an OX3 Stromberg recently rebuilt for a 1926 Chrysler in California 

Here is a side view of the same carburetor 

This is a recent group of restorations. 
Front row - left to right Rayfield Model T accessory, Kingston 4 Ball for Model T, Rayfield Model T.
Second row  Stromberg OF's
Third row.  Stromberg OS-1's, the middle one has the adapter to fit on a Model T Ford manifold. 

Here are three OS-1's ready to go.  These are a great speedster carb as they are just slightly bigger than an OF, have more performance and have the desirable accelerating well for better performance but still start and idle very well, which a lot of larger throat carbs don't. 

Here are two very rare carbs.  These are the Rayfield's that were made for accessory carbs for the Model T Ford near the end of Model T production.  They did not sell particularly well in the day and are very hard to find in restorable condition.  These are two of only three I have ever found.  Both are sold and running on fast speedsters.  One in California and one in Kansas. 

This is a closeup of an OS-1. 
These were standard equipment on a lot of the small Studebakers from about 1920 to 28.  They are very nice carbs and have the accelerating well and economizer for better performance and excellent economy.  The have a horizontal throttle shaft so have to have a bell crank for the throttle rod if mounted on a Model T manifold as well as an adapter for the flange.  They are only about 1/2 inch wider than an OF but have a 1 3/16th throat for much better performance, especially at high speed and full power operation. 

Below is a recently restored Kingston 4 Ball, correct for 1913-1914 Model T Ford. 
The problem with these has always been the needle and seat.  I now have a modern needle and seat conversion for these that does not change the outer appearance of the carburetor.  It has a Viton tipped needle in a hard brass seat and should out last any Model T Ford it is mounted on.  I do have to have your carburetor to machine the bowl to accept the seat and install the needle. 
This fix solves most of the problems with people trying to run the correct carburetor on their car.  These run quite well when they are set up correctly. 

I also have new correct weight balls for the air bleeds.
I can make a needle and seat conversion for any size of Kingston "Ball Type" carburetor and recently made one for a very small 5 ball from a 1907 Brush car. 

Price for carb rebuild with installation of new needle and seat, etc. is $325 + $20 return shipping. 

This is a Stromberg M-3  They were used on large trucks and tractors and make an excellent period
correct carburetor for large brass era cars.  This one is going on a National. 
This is a large carburetor with a 3 inch flange and a 1 5/16 throat. 

Stromberg OE-2  This is a larger version of the popular OE-1 and runs very well on mid sized engines or Model T Ford engines with overhead conversions, stroker cranks, etc.  It will not run out of air as some of the smaller carbs do.  These are very hard to find but they are wonderful carbs with all of the Stromberg features that make their carbs so good.  It has the accelerating well for instant acceleration and no stumbling on pickup, the economizer for automatically leaner mixture at low throttle settings and a main feeder jet which can be sized for best mixture on individual engines.  Another nice feature of these is that the throttle actuator and choke actuator can easily be moved to either side of the carb body for various installations.  The throttle arm can be placed in any position in 360 degrees so it can be set up to move forward and back or up and down. 
As with all Stromberg carbs, it comes with an illustrated instruction sheet.  

This is an OD-1 They were used on early Willys cars and as a replacement for the stock Dodge carburetor and are hard to find.  They do run well and as you can see, have the same economizer setup at the Stromberg OF used on the Model T.  They are basically a larger version of an OF.  The choke horn can be moved to either up or down position.  This is a little larger than an OF but can still be mounted to a stock T manifold with an adapter that moves it in closer to the engine and away from the frame.  The mounting flange is larger and has a lip on it that can either be ground off or fitted to the adapter.  There is another slightly different model OD-1also.  

This is one of several OX-2's I've rebuilt.  They were standard on many Hupmobiles and optional on some other cars.  They are a popular speedster carburetor on Model T's with overhead conversions. 

This OX-2 went to Oslo, Norway for installation on one of the
only 1923 Moon Roadsters known to exist.

This OE-1 came off a 1920 Hupmobile.  It cleaned up very nicely.

OE-1's -- with the bowl in line with the body instead of off to the side --  are very attractive carbs and popular for speedsters as well as for upgrades on a lot of 20's engines that have poor carbs on them.

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