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skull 11-16-2018 05:48 PM

predator carb--thoughts
 
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got a chance to get a predator carb 5OOO series, thinking about sticking it on the 454 "THAT" has in it,:confused:[S

Later:cool:

smallfoot 11-16-2018 07:08 PM

I've looked at them although never used one. Most of the reviews I've seen are positive. I liked the simplicity. They don't come up on sites around here like CL very often so that may be a good sign people don't get rid of them once they tried them. They are pretty pricey new. Didn't see much from everyday users but mostly racers..keeping my mind open about them. If you try it, let us know.

Dr Crankenstein 11-16-2018 07:25 PM

I've been intrigued by Predator carbs since I first saw them in the '80's.

Like any carburetor design, understanding how it works and how to tune it is the difference between satisfaction and bitter disappointment!

A few years ago, I did some research on the subject. I'm not sure if I have that stuff on file anymore... I'll do some digging and get back to you...

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Toad 11-16-2018 07:31 PM

I heard they do well in racing situations but not that well for the streets! They also have a richer fuel mix that can be costly on a daily!

Toad

skull 11-16-2018 09:04 PM

thanks
 
[ Toad; ]I heard they do well in racing situations but not that well for the streets! They also have a richer fuel mix that can be costly on a daily! [

if it don't work for the rat, guess l can always throw it on the dart drag car, either way it is to cheap to pass up,

always good feed back on the forum:D

Later:cool:

Old Iron 11-16-2018 09:29 PM

Bought one new when they first came out.
Not worth a hoot for street use unless you get the one with the idle circuit built in.

ssimpala 11-17-2018 12:33 PM

The 6000 series was pretty decent...the 5000 not so much. Can you even still get a gasket kit for them?

bob w 11-17-2018 01:56 PM

There were two street cars around here with Predator carbs. A Luv with a sbc and one carb and a Willys sedan with two of them on a cross ram. I talked to both owners about the carbs. Both had the idle circuit add-on. The Luv was satisfied and the Willys was working out bugs. Last time I saw the cars they both had removed the Preds.
Never seen one at the strip but I'm not out there all that much.

Old Iron 11-18-2018 12:04 PM

First class!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bgbrktracer 11-25-2018 07:25 PM

They were used a lot on drag cars and drag boats down here. Haven't seen one in years.

Skip 05-08-2019 06:11 PM

I have a brand new one still in the box that I got a deal on back in the 80s. Its the one without the idle dohicky, as I recall. They look cool for sure.
There's a few used ones on eBay, in the $300 range. Rebuild kits, too.

26Troadster 05-09-2019 09:51 AM

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Originally Posted by Old Iron (Post 504313)
Bought one new when they first came out.
Not worth a hoot for street use unless you get the one with the idle circuit built in.

old iron got it right, but still takes a lot of tuning to get right. a couple of t-bucket men ran them on top of blowers and loved them. they were from a fish design.

skull 09-02-2021 01:00 AM

nope--
 
the 2 barrel manifold don't pull enough vacuum to make the predator carb work--runs great to 15OO rpms, then fall flat on it's face--had my carb expert work on it and that is the diagnosis--[S

Later-:cool:

Old Iron 09-02-2021 07:41 AM

:D that's the way I was too :confused:


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