I've got a friend who is very good with the flathead V8's and model A engines. He's in his 70's and has been working on this old stuff since he was a kid.
He told me at one time his Dad would buy Model T's to take them apart and make hay wagons out of the frames and sell them. Everything else just went out in the back 40 with the rest of the "junk".
Over the last several years he's been making trips up to his old home place and been dragging home anything he could find that he thought might have some value.
One of the things he brought back was a Model T intake manifold with a brass Rayfield Model L2P carburetor on it. While talking to him yesterday, he mentioned he'd be willing to part with it.
I started digging up information on the carburetor yesterday and I'm starting to realize there's not a lot of info available on it. So, I figured it was time to come to the one place where I'd most likely be able to find something.
So; here are my questions;
1. Is the Rayfield carburetor an aftermarket piece?
2. Is it as dependable as a Holley NH or a Kingston L4?
3. What years would they have been used?
4. Would it outperform the Holley if I decided to run it on my Speedster along with a higher compression head and a higher lift camshaft?
5. Would it be better to get it as a display piece and put it on a shelf with some of my other old Model T stuff?
Any help or guidance would be appreciated.
I'm no help with #2 through #5, but the answer to #1 is yes. According to the encyclopedia, stock carburetors were Buffalo, Holley, and Kingston. No Rayfield.
Thank you Steve. I haven't looked at the encyclopedia much lately. It's time I go back and look at it again. I've also got a really good book written by Bruce McCalley that I'm going to go dig into again.
I think Uncle Stan would have the best answers for 1 through 5. JMHO Dave
David, I couldn't agree more.
Mike, you may want to do a simple web search. Just type in "MTFCA Rayfield" and see what comes up. I'd bet you'll likely get quite a bit of info from past threads and posts.
2. Rayfield runs fairly smooth if you can get it adjusted correctly. They were built to run on 55-60 octane gas. They also leak a few drops every time you shut them off. Air valve type so need little adjustment once dialed in. The later Rayfields are much simpler and better.
3. Circa 1912 - 1918 for the early style, UF style mid 20's. There is another Rayfield style in between. It has a slanted flange to set the carb in from the frame.
4. Probably not.
Thanks Stan, maybe if I can get the Rayfield and intake at the right price and polish it up a little it'll be a good display piece for over the mantle. Now I'm excited to get it from him. I'll attach photos.
Also, I really appreciate the website. Reckon I'll spend some time there this evening.