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Old 04-10-2011, 09:07 PM   #1
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Default Vintage Carter Carburetor Toolkit

just wanted to show off a partial carter tool kit I rescued from under a tarp a few weeks back. This makes 2 I've got now, but I'm not sure if either is complete. I wish the box was in a little better condition, but I love the graphic on the inside of the lid.




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Old 04-10-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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Cool. Are you going to use them?
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:49 PM   #3
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Collector's item,which it is and Carter carburators are not made anymore.Edelbrock bought the rights long time ago.Carter did make one for Chrysler which was a huge pos,had a plastic body and I keep on forgeting what it was called.Could not tune them right.Most people threw these away and replaced them with Holleys.
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Old 04-10-2011, 09:50 PM   #4
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Nice set! Not to go off topic or hijack the thread, but does any one make any tools or kits like this any more? Could really use some for carbs on old tractors and cars.
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:09 PM   #5
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That's just a cool piece. Sometimes I wonder how my Dad made it through 30 years in the service station business without those fancy kits. All he ever used were some screwdrivers and pliers. That set must have come from someone dedicated to carb repair.
Oh, may the Carter Thermoquad RIP
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Old 04-10-2011, 10:15 PM   #6
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It was the Thermoquad,last one I seen was on a Dodge Ramcharger and it went goodbye.Replaced it with an Edelbrock and no more problems.
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Old 04-11-2011, 01:58 PM   #7
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Love the Carter stuff. Here is a pic of a Carter carburetor service sign and a rack full of NOS rebuild kits that I have on my wall in the shop:

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Old 04-11-2011, 02:13 PM   #8
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Check out this vintage Snap-On set!
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:33 PM   #9
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VERY nice. As a muscle car advocate (have two of them) those tool kits are quite handy. John--Las Vegas.
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Old 04-11-2011, 03:40 PM   #10
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Cool set!

Wafrederick, Thermoquads were good carburetors.
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Old 04-11-2011, 06:50 PM   #11
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I've used them already! rebuilt some ball and balls a few weeks back. I love these old tools. my grandfather was a carter tech in the 50s. and these were his (like the other set). so they're nostalgic too.

@ohio auto: love that sign. I've been looking for one like that!

best I've got is the little drawer thing in the bad pic below (top right):

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Old 04-11-2011, 07:33 PM   #12
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I think you also have a few Snap-on tools in lower left for Ford-Holley and Stromberg.
Carter provided more specialized tools than anyone else...you can see all the variants in rows, for instance I have a couple Carter sets but in a green box that looks older... graphics look to me like maybe late fifties or sixties on yours.
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Old 04-11-2011, 07:42 PM   #13
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I think you also have a few Snap-on tools in lower left for Ford-Holley and Stromberg.
Carter provided more specialized tools than anyone else...you can see all the variants in rows, for instance I have a couple Carter sets but in a green box that looks older... graphics look to me like maybe late fifties or sixties on yours.
Hey Bruce,
yep, box is dated 58, same as my other one. and yep there are some odd plug pullers and jet wrenches in there too. I'd like to set-up one complete carter kit from the 2 in the better box.

anyone know if there is a list of what commonly came in these?
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Old 04-11-2011, 08:13 PM   #14
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I think you need a Carter general catalog of the right age. Some will appear in specific manuals, a bunch are in the Army Carter manuals, but I think the whole shebang will only appear in a catalog. I can give you a lead or two, but of course this stuff tends to the insanely expensve...
Some of what you have is mulitple slightly different float gauges for particular versions of one general model, other things like the little adjustable cylinder with its rack of inserts fit many different Crters...
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Old 04-11-2011, 09:03 PM   #15
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thanks again, Bruce. A catalog is a good idea (duh). I will have to dig and see if I have one old enough.
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Old 04-11-2011, 11:34 PM   #16
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There was a guy on CL trying to sell a tool kit like that for a couple hundred bucks. I emailed him for it but he thought he had gold on his hands and wouldn't listen to reason. I told him it's more of a collectors item not real tools but he wouldn't listen. Replied with some dumbass comment saying what will you do if you need to rebuild a 54 caddy carb. without his kit? I said ya I was just thinking that the other day when one drove up to my shop needing a carb. rebuild. Moron.

P.S. I have quite the collection of misc. USA stuff when I buy old hand boxes for the couple SO pieces I want.
I have a couple CARburATOR tools that probably go in that kit. I know one is a flat blade that has a 3/8 drive end on it.
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Old 04-12-2011, 05:10 PM   #17
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Thermoquads were junk,a pita to adjust and my father remembers them,he worked at a Chrysler dealership.Never seen the ramcharger back since an Edelbrock was put in place of the thermoquad.Ran fine,ran like crap with the thermoquad.
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Old 04-15-2011, 11:44 AM   #18
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I found a Carter toolkit in an old tool box I bought. Here are a few pics after I cleaned it up. I've labeled the parts with their numbers and I'd be willing to part with some or all of this to help someone complete a kit. I'll probably never have a need for this stuff.
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:27 AM   #19
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Funny thing happened on my way to my new shop.....
I too found one of these Carter Tool Kits. In a shop on a lot I just purchased.
I will try to get a few photo's posted after Turkey dinner.
My kit is for sale, whole, or in parts. It has lots of parts in it
Again I will have pictures posted later today..hopefully
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Old 11-24-2011, 10:42 AM   #20
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The Thermoquads were junk,most people threw them away and replaced them with a Holley back in the day.GM did use Carter Carburators from the factory before they came out with thiers.409s did have them on from the factory,single and dual set ups.
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