Classic Thunderbird Club International
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Gil Baumgartner
CTCI Authenticity Chairman
Holley Carburetors and the Holley Custom Shop

All 1955/56/57 Thunderbirds were originally equipped with Holley carburetors. The following pictures show the type and model for each year. For detailed information see the CTCI Restoration Manual for part numbers regarding each different application.

Image 1815 - 1955 Thunderbird - Holley Model 4000

Image 1815 above shows a 1955 Holley 4000 model; note the 1955 model has a remote automatic choke assembly mounted on the intake manifold.

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Image 1816 - 1956 Thunderbird - Holley Model 4000

Image 1816 shows a 1956 Holley 4000 similar to the 1955 model with a few minor changes including the automatic choke as part of the carburetor.

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Image 1817 - 1957 E model Thunderbird - Holley Model 4000

Image 1817 shows a 1957 E model (dual four) Holley 4000 similar to a 1956 model except it is set up to be used on a dual four manifold.

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Image 1818 - 1957 F model Thunderbird - Holley Model 4000

Image 1818 shows a 1957 F model (supercharged) Holley 4000 very similar to a Lincoln carburetor except it is set up to be pressurized by the supercharger.

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Image 1820 - 1957 Thunderbird - Holley Model 4150

Image 1820 shows a 1957 model 4150 used on the majority of the 57 models.

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The Holley model 2300 two barrel, which was standard equipment on all 1957 C models, is not shown.

The Holley Custom Shop

All the carburetors listed above as well as other Holley models can be rebuilt to factory standards by the Holley Custom Shop.

Due to a move the address for the Holley Custom Shop is no longer correct in the CTCI Restoration Manual.

Their new address is:

  • Holley Custom Shop
  • 1801 Russellville Rd.
  • Bowling Green, KY 42101

The following information was obtained from the Holley Custom Shop. These procedures must be followed before shipping a carburetor to the Holley Custom Shop.

An order must be setup and an order number assigned to the customer order before a Carburetor, or Carburetors are sent in.

To setup an order call (866) 464-6553 or (270) 781-9741 and select the Holley Carburetor phone option.  The Technical Representative will setup an Order for you. They will need your name, address, phone number, and credit card number. Then they will provide an Order Number.

You can then send the Carburetor in with the assigned order number.   When shipping your carburetor it is recommended that it be wrapped in Bubble Wrap, 2 or 3 times around from end to end and side to side, then packaged tightly in the shipping container.

The shipping label should include the following information:

  • Holley Custom Shop
  • Order number______
  • 1801 Russellville Road
  • Bowling Green Ky. 42101

It is usually a 4 to 6 week turnaround from the time the carburetor is received at Holley’s Custom Shop.

Current pricing (2014) is as follows:

  • All orders will be charged a $20.00 shipping and handling fee.
  • Model 4000 Holley Custom Restoration is $583.00
  • Model 4150 & 4160 Holley Custom Restoration is $426.00
  • E model setups, both carburetors, Custom Restoration $852.00, may be more for 2 (4000 models)
  • After market 3x2 setups, all carburetors. Custom Restoration $930.00

Feel free to call the Custom Shop for other Holley model pricing

Gil Baumgartner

Last modified: December 10 2014