Rebuilding the Stromberg B No 3 Carburetor for the Model T Ford
Alfred Stromberg made his first fortune manufacturing telephone equipment copied from expired Bell patents. Between 1893 and 1905 the Stromberg Carlson company became dominant in the Rochester and upper New York state area. Stromberg and his partner Carlson sold out, leaving both men extremely wealthy but bored.
Stromberg and his partner moved to Chicago, Illinois and purchased two companies. One eventually became Stromberg Office Products, a company mostly known for making time clocks. The other company was the John Goldberg carburetor company. The name was changed to Stromberg Motor Devices company, building carburetors designed by John Goldberg at first.
This issue we will examine and rebuild one of the earliest aftermarket carburetors built for the Model T Ford, the Stromberg model B No 3 .
Goldberg incorporated carburetor ideas that came from the very latest designs then in use. He especially was influenced by the designs of Frenchman Arthur Krebs, who was by 1905 the managing director of the Panhard Levassor company, at the time a very successful car manufacturer.
Arthur Constantin Krebs was a very famous French inventor and scientific genius. He first became nationally famous in France for co – designing and piloting one of the earliest powered, navigable dirigibles in the world. With his partner Charles Renard, the two French Army officers were able to pilot their airship 5 miles in 23 minutes, taking off and landing from the same point. This was a remarkable feat in 1884! Krebs next partnered with Gustave Zede to design and pilot the first of what is now described as a “modern” submarine in 1888. This submarine was used later in actual battle, successfully forcing a naval blockade in 1890 for the French naval forces.
After his military service Krebs was not content on enjoying his fame. He managed the Parisian Fire Department for several years in the 1890’s, with very positive results in improving the effectiveness and response times, saving the city from destruction on many occasions. It is from this that somehow Krebs decided to turn his attention to the automobile.
Krebs invented a remarkable number of things that we today take for granted. For example, he invented the concept of positive caster (or castor as it is known in some parts of the world) which causes automotive steering to return to center if there is no input from the steering wheel. He invented the idea of four wheels on an automobile, with the engine in the front driving the rear wheels, known initially as “le Syteme’ Panhard” because it was first adopted by his employer, Panhard et Levassor, at that time the world’s most successful automaker. This is all before the year 1900! Krebs is credited with invention of the automatic air valve carburetor, which was clearly the basis for early Goldberg designed Stromberg carburetors.
Next week we talk about fabricating the linkage and fuel lines, then tuning the carburetor for best performance.
The fuel inlet is at the bottom of a casting containing the fuel inlet needle / seat assembly.