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Franck's BP emulsion tubes

PostPost by: SENC » Fri Aug 28, 2020 4:35 pm

Just wanted to share a recommendation for Keith Franck's new BP emulsion tubes for any of you running Weber 40DCOEs and 30mm chokes - my little 7 makes me smile everytime in it, but with these tubes installed it is truly a sh*t-eating grin. Don't try them if you like endless tweaking, but if you are ready to eliminate the off idle hesitation and have great tractability and power throughout the rpm range, well, I think he's found it with these. I'm very impressed. :D

You can follow his developments for these carbs at his io group, sidedraft central. https://vintagetechnologygarage.groups.io/g/sidedraft/
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PostPost by: pharriso » Sat Aug 29, 2020 11:44 am

What have you changed from the Standard Weber setup, just 4 of the "BP Main Circuit Tubes"

These just replace the standard Emulsion tubes?
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PostPost by: nmauduit » Sat Aug 29, 2020 3:57 pm

By curiosity (and the never quenched thurst of the perfect tune and extra hp I must admit) I tried last October the new at the time AB "hypotube"(recommended by him for my specific application), and was not convinced by the dyno session: in retrospect these appear to me as a yet an other variation of emulsion tubes, and I did not see them improving on a decently set up road car (actually minus 5HP on a road engine of around 130, and no "magical" effect mid range or wherever). Maybe it's just me...
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PostPost by: SENC » Sun Aug 30, 2020 3:35 am

pharriso wrote:What have you changed from the Standard Weber setup, just 4 of the "BP Main Circuit Tubes"

These just replace the standard Emulsion tubes?

The standard for the Seven is 115 fuel jets and 180 dry jets in the F16 emulsion tube, with a 50F9 idlejets, Keith's NF and now BP tubes seem to be much more efficient at pulling air into the mixture, so my initial test was with 115 air jets. With the NF jets, I was not getting the impact on lower rpm mixture (to the extent I could feel it, I'm not doing it by proper testing, I acknowledge) I expected by big shifts in the air jets. So, those tubes were better in the midrange and at high rpm than stock F16, and also better at lower rpms but still left a bit to be desired that I was not being successful in tuniing with jet changes. The newer BP tubes eliminated the low rpm stumble immediately with 115/115 and kept performing throught the rpm range. I have not yet had time to tweak, but will see if I can improve

He also makes idle jets (what he calls a hypojet version for engines with strong manifold vacuum and I don't remember the name of the other for engines with less vacuum. I have not experimented witth these, yet, as I don't have a reliable way to test vacuum.

Phil - I'd be happy to loan you my older version NF tubes for trial if you'd like.
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PostPost by: Grizzly » Sun Aug 30, 2020 11:59 am

Keith sells H and W idle jets, the W jets are for 18"hg or less.

I have a set of his W40 idle jets and currently have them set up to 12.5 afr cruise, i think they are much smoother than stock jets and easier to set up with his sliding cover over air holes.

As for the Tubes, i have the VF tubes with 36mm chokes and it goes like a stabbed rat although they needed a bit of tweaking to lean out the tip in.

I'd be interested to hear someones opinion on the new tubes that have driven a car with the VF tubes fitted.
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PostPost by: MartinH » Wed Sep 02, 2020 7:32 am

@ NMAUDUIT

"and was not convinced by the dyno session:"


Apologies for butting in on this chat, but I notice you are in France and clearly someone who is always looking to optimise the performance of your Elan. Do you know someone with a dyno that has good knowlede of tuning the TC engine, preferably not too far from Normandie, Gaillon/Vernon? Where in France are you?

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PostPost by: nmauduit » Wed Sep 02, 2020 11:01 am

Hello Martin,

I'm near Paris on the east side, went to an understanding dyno less than an hour away (south part of 77) as many of them do the tuning themselves using lots of electronics (on modern cars run by maps): the owner did not have experience with carbs but let me do it with my equipment, spare jets etc. while he was just launching the pulls on the dyno. My car had been equipped with a wideband lambda sensor, which helped me get closer to a decent tune prior to that. Hopefully you should be able to find someone closer to you, but if you want to get in touch with him this is Carprog in 77690 (fyi it took us a good hour to strap the car on the dyno, quite small for the setup - and he was very helpful with that, too).

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