Probably the only Gottmann triple carb intake for a Capri this side of the Atlantic. Complete with three Solex 2 barrels, worth over 1000 CFM. And it was bolted to a 2.8 litre V6. Madness!

I'll admit, I don't know much about this setup, apart from what car it came off of. It came off of my father's 1975 Ford Capri John Player Special. This is the induction set up it ran when it was raced in the German Touring Car series in the mid seventies, but it hasn't been on the car since then because it isn't very streetable and it now has an enormous turbo charger breathing down its throat.

Here's the car in question. I know its a German plate, but we do live in Ontario. Its just a sunny day car so the police don't bother us about it much unless the Kingston Police see us. They don't like any one.

And the current turbo'd setup. I know the gold intercooler pipes are horrid, they are being powder coated black.

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In case you cant read it, the lettering on the side of the carb says,

SOLEX

GmbH & Co KG

Made in

W-Germany

40-42 CCI

I'm assuming the 40-42 is the cab model number, if you know chime in in the comments. I may be talking out my ass here, but the more I look at them the more I think they look a bit like DCOEs.

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Gottmann Tuning, the company that made the intake manifold is long gone, a Google search returning not much other than an old PDF file that looks like an ancient parts catalogue from 1976, which makes sense since the intake would have to have been available over the counter from Ford so they could use it in the class that the car raced in.

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But this looks just like a MOPAR Six Pack or a GM Tri Power you say! In fact the only thing it shares with those is the number of carburetors. Unlike the Tri Power or Six Pack, this setup has each barrel of each carb plumbed directly to its own cylinder, making each intake runner exactly the same length, but also preventing any kind of progressive throttle linkage like the Six Pack. This was a racing car, they weren't interested in the outside carburetors shutting off at part throttle. It was either on or off.

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Another reason they aren't very streetable is the fact that they don't have a choke of any kind.

This side is where the linkage for the accelerator pumps live. Watching all of them move in unison is like watching the exposed insides of an old mechanical clock.

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One of three things will happen with these some time in the future,

ONE- They sit around collecting dust for another 20 years

TWO- They get bolted on the engine I'm currently building for the Crapri, that's my rusty 77 not the JPS

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THREE- My favorite option, we have a plenum built for the JPS so we can run these carburetors with the turbo.