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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!  
CALL ME, I MIGHT HAVE WHAT
YOU ARE LOOKING FOR.  
I SELDOM HAVE TIME TO UPDATE THESE PAGES  

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

 406-949-3448 cell 
email: stanhowemt@aol.com

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 stanhowemt@aol.com 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.  
Stanhowemt@aol.com 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 stanhowemt@aol.com.  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

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SPECIAL CARBS FOR SALE PAGE.  INTERESTING THINGS THERE.  MOST OF THOSE CARBS SELL SO QUICKLY I CAN'T KEEP UP WITH PHOTOS OF THEM.  I AM AMAZED AT ALL THE DIFFERENT DESIGNS.
 
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Kingston 4 & 5 Ball

KINGSTON 5 BALL

This is a recent rebuild of a 5 ball for a 1910 Model T Ford 

This is how it came in.  Notice the too long, bent shaft on
the adjustment, the bend in the primer, the Permatex on the inlet, etc.  


All done, test run and ready to install.  





New inlet with modern, easily replaceable needle and seat, modern float, new needle mechanism,  ball seats reground, new balls, new adjustment rod with correct 1/4 x 32 thread, new throttle shaft, body bushed to correct size, bowl re-machined for alignment with body, flange resurfaced for correct mating to manifold, primer rebuilt and correctly positioned, original drain cock rebuilt, all caps resurfaced, bowl gasketing correctly aligned for no leaks,  etc., test run on an engine, leak tested, and ready to install.  Note that the original inlet elbow, which uses a 17/32nds by 18 thread that is no longer available, was replaced by modern compression brass fittings after the pictures were taken.

I have many other 5 ball carbs in stock for various applications.  Please call or email for availability and pricing.
  

This was an interesting project.  It lay in the mud for 30 or 40 years before being dug up and sent to me.  





Below is a larger 5 ball of they type that was used on many tractors 

























Here are two more recent 5 ball rebuilds 



I have Kingston 4 ball carburetors in stock at all times.  Restored and ready to bolt on.  Please see the price and information page for pricing.   This includes the modern needle and seat conversion that stops the problems with leaking and running over.  My conversion uses the original hinge point but with a system of my design which PULLS the needle open when the float drops - just as the original did - and closes it positively when the float rises.  I machine the bowl to accept a replaceable brass seat and use a brass needle with a Viton Tip, which should be reliable for many years of trouble free operation and is easily replaceable should it begin to leak or cause other problems.   I am machining the floats from material especially developed for carburetor floats and have not had any problems with them, even with the large amounts of ethanol in modern fuels.    



This one is running on a 1912 in California trouble free since spring of 2010. 




I have done somewhere around 15 or 20 of these since this picture was taken.  
Among the things I do to make these quit leaking, as most of them do when they come in, I machine the mating surfaces of the bowl so the sealing surfaces are in proper alignment of the mating sealing surfaces.  Many of these bowls are so warped from years of abuse and over tightening of the bowl nut that nothing will get them to hold gas unless the bowl is straightened.  I also re surface the seats for the brass balls so they quit leaking air around them, install new correct size brass balls and refurbish or replace the caps.  Each 4 Ball gets a new throttle shaft to stop the air leaks around the shaft so it will idle correctly.  The choke shaft is replaced if it is significantly worn.  

Internally, the copper crush washer that always leaks is replaced with an O ring that stops the drips from the bottom of the bowl.  

Please see the prices and information page for availability and pricing.   
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