Earlier this month we celebrated the 50th Reunion of the High Point High School Class of 1965. It was great seeing so many friends. One classmate, Jay Smith, who attended the University of Maryland with me, reminded me of an event that took place between classes. Here is Jay's story:
It was 1966 and Cary Thomas and I were both students at the Univ. of Maryland. We both had an interest in drag racing. I had a 1964 Chevy Impala with a 327 engine and Cary had his red super fast Corvette. I did not know exactly what mechanical skills Cary had. I assumed that like all teenagers in that era who were into drag racing that we did most of the car modifications at a local gas station. I did most of my engine modifications at Woody’s Flying A gas station in Greenbelt and Cary did his at the Beltsville Shell station. I did not know that Cary had just put 2 four barrel carburetors on his corvette engine and installed new linkage on the four pumpers. I’ll bet he followed the instructions in the manual that came with the carburetors. There are a set of springs that are involved in linking the 2 carburetors together such that when one lets off the gas the secondarys close down and only the primaries are open. If this linkage connection with the springs is not done properly, both carburetors will remain open after you get hard on the throttle and the engine will remain at full throttle.
Jay, we will have to add this story to the second edition of Beltsville Shell: You are What You Drive! Thanks for sharing!