One stop on our journey towards reliability on this 1936 Ford was the carburetor. The Carter AFB Competition Series carb that had been installed is a nice vintage performance piece, but the manual choke and the horrible air filter were contributing to poor running. Adding this to the starter woes and it added up to a hard-starting car that always ran richer than it should.
The air filter was a large horn with a foam insert that had been deteriorating and filling the carb with particles. We never recommend foam air cleaners, and if they are installed - change the element often!
We sourced an Edelbrock Performer carb that matches the Carter (600cfm) but has an electronic choke for easier operation. Additionally, the more traditional 14" round air cleaner performs very well and will not fill the carb with gunk that will prevent proper operation.