The carburetor sitting on your vintage Mustang can be a finicky device. It has minute passages that air and fuel travel through to feed the engine the fuel it demands based on load, rpm, and so forth. But carburetors are also mechanical devices with numerous moving parts. Over the years these parts become too worn for the typical parts store rebuild kit to tackle and a serious carburetor rebuild or restoration must be performed to bring the carburetor back to its as-new state. Today's ethanol-based fuels don't help matters either.
Just a few years ago, vintage Mustang owners usually unbolted their mixer from their intake and shipped it off to Pony Carburetors for a full restoration and tweaking to the engine's specs. Unfortunately, we lost Pony Carburetors' owner, Jon Enyeart, a few years ago and the business closed shortly thereafter. While there are a few companies specializing in Autolites, like Carbontooters/KP Carbs in New York, you might be surprised to find out that Holley Performance Products, through their Custom Shop facility, can restore just about any carburetor to new condition with show-quality plating.
Don't think for a second that because it is Holley doing the rebuilding that they only rebuild Holley carburetors. They also have the ability to rebuild and plate all manner of carburetors, including Autolite, Motorcraft, Carter, and more. Holley has a huge stockpile of core parts to aid in rebuilding carburetors with damaged or missing parts, many of them hard to find. Whether it is a 40-year-old Holley street carburetor from your dad's street racing heyday, an Autolite 2100 two-barrel you just can't seem to get running right with a store-bought kit, or a rare Shelby Le Mans-bowl Holley for your restoration, the folks at the Holley Custom Shop can tackle it and have it back to you in no time ready to bolt-on and go.
Holley Custom Shop Pricing
Holley's Custom Shop offers a tiered pricing structure for their rebuild/restoration services. Pricing will depend upon carburetor type (1V, 2V, or 4V) and the level of rebuilding service you desire. Pricing ranges from just over $100 for basic flow and repair of a one-barrel carburetor to the low $400 range for a restoration-level four-barrel carburetor.
Holley's Custom Shop offers the following services:
Flow Test and Repair: Flow test carburetor and only repair what is wrong, parts additional, no warranty
Basic Rebuild: Full disassembly, rebuild with Holley parts kit, flow tested and adjusted to specs, 90-day warranty (plating available at an extra cost)
R&R: Full disassembly, media blast parts, dichromate casting and black oxide steel parts, rebuild with Holley parts kit, flow tested and adjusted to specs, parts additional, 90 day warranty
Custom Restoration: Full disassembly, media blast parts, dichromate casting and yellow electroplate steel parts, rebuild with Holley parts kit, flow tested and adjusted to specs, parts additional, 1-year warranty
Extra cost items like thread repair, booster install, recoloring of screws, and so forth must be considered if the carburetor is in poor condition. Typical parts pricing ranges from $30 for a fuel bowl to $80 for a main body. If replacement parts are required to make the carburetor whole/functional again, a Holley Custom Shop rep will contact the customer to discuss.