- How To Make a Simple Platform to Straighten Warped Carb Tops
In the How To Straighten IH Updraft Carburetor Tops article, a machined platform was used as the work table for the process. A simple but effective platform can be made with a few tools that are present in most workshops. This is how I made one.
I retrieved from my trash pile an aluminum plate that was 4â€ X 4â€ by 3/8â€ in thickness. Using a small drill press I made a series of closely spaced holes forming a circle with a diameter of 2.5â€ then used side cutters to snip the metal bridge between each pair of holes so that the center section of metal was released. A Dremel tool was used to quickly smooth the sides to form a circle just large enough to accept the throttle body extension. By the same process, an oval opening 1/2â€ wide by 2 Â½â€ long was made to receive the float assembly arms. The width of the platform prevented the use of the 2" â€œCâ€ clamps, so a hacksaw was used to trim enough metal from each side to reduce the width so that small clamps are suitable for clamping the top to the platform. Thatâ€™s it, its not neat, not pretty and not symmetrical but it works.
Work Platform With Mounted IH Carb Top