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A 430MEL Tri-Power Carb!

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  • #16
    repost it... 430MEL.....
    1st off i need to say i dont own the car iam posting about. it belongs to my wifes cousin. he also doesnt do computers.......
    he and i both belong to a local pensacola car club PANHANDLE CRUISERS. HE actually has a full "chicken coop" of birds.
    1957, the "the ghost" 1960, 2-64's, 1 convert and 1 hardtop, both baby blue. an 84 with a fully built race H&Moody engine. and one of the "boat's" 75-77.
    posting to let ya kow there is a 430 MEL 400 H.P. super marauder with tri-power build by holman& moody ALIVE AND RUNNING!!!!
    was a former pace car,with holly 2300 carbs, 7 qt oil pan with baffles. black leather interior, moroccan ivory(j code)exterior. has factory A/C and positrac rear end. it also came with a "spare" engine, which reside in cousin bills garage, on a stand))))the pic is me with HIS bird. he took it to the new orleans tbird national show............was the hit of the show.
    Last edited by YellowRose; September 19th, 2014, 11:12 AM. Reason: pics to big. Took them out.. Resized in original post


    • #17
      352tb430 and I had the opportunity to really look this setup over at the VTCI International in New Orleans on Saturday afternoon of the meet. Here's a few observations I have about what we found:

      1. The carbs on the setup were C1AE's, i.e. the "cut-off" Holley 2300s, that were modified by cutting off the straight portion of the gasket ledge. The air cleaner had been modified by pop-riveting plates over the rear of the carb air horn openings in order to block off space due to the "cut off" base.
      2. The air cleaner was also modified by grinding a notch into it to clear the rear edge of the surge tank.
      3. Likewise, the upper rear half of the surge tank was modified to flatten it out at the seam line in order for the air cleaner to sit in place.

      I know they had problems with the fuel pump driving to NOLA - the outboard carbs had their lines disconnected and they had to install an inline electric pump to get there. When we were driving to Biloxi, MS on I-10 the day after the meet they were on the side of the road somewhere between NOLA and the turnoff for the highway to Gulfport, MS, I assume, due to fuel pump issues.

      I didn't get to look under the car (I hate shows in parking garages - too dark to look under cars) at the oil pan, but it certainly was interesting to finally get a chance to physically see and touch one of these rarities.
      Alan H. Tast AIA, LEED AP BD+C
      Technical Director/Past President, Vintage Thunderbird Club Int'l.
      Author, "Thunderbird 1955-1966" & "Thunderbird 50 Years"