H&H proprietor Mike Herman holds an aluminum tooling pattern that was hand fabricated by B
Usually this wouldn't be noteworthy until you realize that H&H Flatheads is the sole proprietor of the Navarro speed equipment dynasty. When Barney Navarro (a legendary California hot rodder since day one) passed in 2007, Mike sealed a deal to keep much of the vintage Navarro parts in production. While most of it is centered on Ford flathead stuff, Mike wasn't sure what to make of the dual quad tooling pattern. But we sure did!
Borrowing a stock Max Wedge cross-ram from Max Wedge fanatic Bob Mosher, we placed the pattern atop the manifold and the mystery of the four carb cross-ram was solved.
The Navarro dual carb tooling insert measures 15 1/4 inches from flange to flange. There i
It turns out that Barney Navarro cast an unknown number of these wild four carburetor Max Wedge intake manifolds in the early '60s. Most likely they were made for land speed and marine use. But that's about all we know at this point. Check out the photos and captions and see how the story unfolds.
Best of all, we ran the pictures by Rick Allison at A&A Transmission (makers of reproduction Max Wedge and Race Hemi cross-ram intake manifolds) and he says if there is enough demand, he'll collaborate with H&H Flatheads on a run of reproductions! Can you imagine popping the hood and seeing four carburetors perched atop any 413-440 wedge? Let's make it happen!
Tom Hoover, Max Wedge Project Coordinator (shown above): “I have never seen this manifold
It's Not One of Ours: Chrysler Guys Speak Out
To see if anybody at Chrysler knew of a clandestine collaboration between the factory and Navarro on the quad-carburetor cross-ram, we showed several high ranking ex-Chrysler engineers photos and asked them for their input. These guys weren't only Max Wedge racers, they designed the Max Wedge. Here's what they had to say:
Bill Shope, former Ram Chargers member (1958) and Chrysler ram tuning engineer: "That's an interesting design! It reminds me of the fabricated manifold Barnes Daniels used on his E/Gasser. His was more akin to the Weber designs, but he used 8 Carter side draft carburetors. To sum up, it's an interesting design, but no, I don't think the unit shown in the pictures came from within Chrysler."
One guy who certainly can tackle the job of reproducing the Navarro intake is Rick Allison
Barnes Daniels, former Ram Chargers member (1958-1963) and Chrysler engineer: "I've never seen anything like it. Not sure how a four carburetor cross-ram like the Navarro unit would work, but we sure didn't make it."
Bill Weertman, former Chrysler Assistant Chief Engineer- Engines: "That quartet of four-barrel carburetors is certainly an impressive top end for any engine. No shortage of inlet air capacity-at least not through the carbs. Some dyno work would be needed to see if those extra throats can actually translate to a difference at the flywheel. The photos were the first time I have ever seen or even heard about the setup so I can't help with any additional information. Perhaps Tom Hoover has some knowledge about it".
Though solid evidence is evasive, clues indicate the Navarro four carb cross-ram was made
The Navarro pattern's primary throttle bores measure 1.44 inch and the secondary bores mea
Placing the H&H/Navarro dual-carb tooling insert atop a standard cross-ram (thanks to Bob
If a four carburetor Max Wedge isn't strange enough, how about a four door Max Wedge race