This is a modification that helps a Ford Victor Jr. intake manifold appear much like its big brother, the Super Victor.
This is what a stock Victor Jr. looks like:
Notice that the casting from the front intake runner extends to the adjacent runner. The same thing occurs at the rear. Only the center runners are open and separated
Below is the Super Victor—notice that the runners are all cast separate from each other, as evident by the dark area between the intake runners:
Due to the amount of material we are going to remove, I do not suggest doing this modification on the kitchen table.
Below are the tools I used to remove the “excessive flashing”:
First drill several 3/8” holes in the flashing, following the contour of the runners. The flashing is about ¼” thick. Ensure that the holes are as close together as possible to make the next step easier.
Using light hammer blows on the chisel, alternate between the various holes until you can remove the large chunk of casting.
Now clean up the openings with a die grinder and an appropriate aluminum cutting bit. For this work, I chose a bit that is shaped much like a Christmas tree. HINT: Dipping the cutting bit in a little hand soap helps keep it from loading up with aluminum.
Here is what it looks like after a few minutes of grinding:
While I was at it, I did a little clearancing at the front for my Duraspark distributor.
Here is the completed intake. All that is needed is a good cleaning, first with an air hose, and then a fresh coat of black paint:
Although this modification may not give you the performance edge that a Super Victor may have, you can still enjoy the same open runner effect.
Who needs and Air Gap?