The OEM autolites are excellent carbs, Holley is a very good performer but they typically require some tuning/adjustment, Edelbrock a decent carb for the unbox/bolt on & drive it, summit brand carbs- avoid like the plague- design is great mfg QA runs from good to crap because it is a chinese mfg.
IMHO, check with the local hot-rod guys for a local carb shop.....they can either rebuild yours, sell you a rebuilt carb (autolite, holley) and you will have a very good carb for less $ than buying outright new.
When Autolite quit making carbs the rights to the designs were bought by Holley which explains some of the similarities between the two. The comment about Carter is valid since the Edelbrock Performers are a mildly updated copy of the Carter AFB. (The Aluminum Four Barrel, i.e. AFB, was introduced on 1957 Fords and Oldsmobiles. Carter went out of business in 1984.) What may surprise you is that they are now made in a factory in North Carolina owned by Magnetti-Marelli. Both MM and Weber have been Fiat subsidiaries for decades so are now part of Fiat-Chrysler. Although no Weber parts are made in NC that does somewhat explain how and why the Weber AFB came about. Like most other carb companies still in business, the main concern of MM in NC is fuel injection systems such as the Edelbrock EFI. What is really strange is that Fiat owns a carb factory in NC but makes no parts or Weber carbs anywhere in the world. They just license the name to several others who use the Weber name and then compete with each other.
I agree, you should resurrect your Autolite if you have one.
The Weber grill came from Weber Brother Metal Works in Chicago in the 1950s.
Edoardo Weber was born in Torino, Italy, and was making carbs in Bologna, Italy, in 1923. Edoardo did not survive WWII disappearing in May 1945. He had been making carbs for Fiats since 1937 so the name and company lived on without him. His claim to fame was a progressive, 2-barrel carb with the secondary barrel being larger for better performance at both low and high RPMs.
Nearly anything Italian was using Webers at one time or another from Fiats to Ferraris. There are conversion kits today that use modern Webers on the early 6-cylinder Mustangs.
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