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Ford Flathead V8

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Ford Flathead V8
Posted by mullett471 on Friday, March 02, 2018 4:56 PM

Hi All,

one for the boffins out there!

What 1/25th scale kits came out with the Ford Flathead V8 in them?



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  • From: Hamptonville, NC
Posted by TarheelRick on Friday, March 02, 2018 6:52 PM

All Ford kits (with a stock option) between the years of 1932 and 1954 have the Flathead engine.  The AMT 49 Mercury kits also have flatheads, not sure about the Revell kits.  IMHO some of the better Flatheads are in the Lindberg '53 Ford kits, although they are strictly stock versions.  The AMT '41 Ford Woody custom version has some very nice modern hot rod parts for the Flathead.

I build models because I can't afford the real thing!

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  • From: Midwest
Posted by High octane on Saturday, March 03, 2018 12:43 PM

The Monogram '51(?) Ford pickup truck has areally nice flathead motor in it with optional Arden heads.

High octane

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  • From: Westland, Michigan, USA
Posted by hack-n-whack on Saturday, March 03, 2018 4:17 PM

AMT's 1934 Ford coupe and sedan (the stock versions) have a nicely detailed V-8 flathead,to be built stock or with vintage speed equipment. The speed stuff also lends itself to all the other flathead motors in any of their vintage kits too! Hope this helps.    Tom

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  • From: Umea Sweden
Posted by Force on Monday, March 05, 2018 2:22 PM

It depends on what flathead V8 you want because there are four to choose from for passenger cars and lighter pickups done over the years the flathead V8 was made.

The first flathead V8 Ford did was available between 1932-38, 221 cui, 85 hp, 21 stud heads and waterpumps at the front of the heads.

The second version often called 59AB was available between 1938-48, 221 and 239 cui, 85 and 100 hp, 24 stud heads, waterpumps in the block and water outlet in top center of the heads.

The third version was the one often called 8BA (Ford) or 8CM (Mercury) and was available between 1948-53, 239 and 255 cui, 100, 110 and 125 hp, 24 bolt heads and waterpumps in block, water outlet at the front of the heads, this engine also has a regular distributor in front of the passenger side head wich the others doesn't have.

The fourth version was the 1937-40 136 cui 60 hp V8, it had 17 stud heads, water outlet in top center of the heads, waterpumps in block, this engine is smaller than the others.

Most of the stock versions of the cars from those eras has a fairly right version of the flathead V8, so if you want an early one go for a 1932-38 car or truck, if you want a 59AB go for a 1939-48 car or truck, and if you want a 8BA/8CM go for a 1949-53 Ford or Mercury car or truck.
The only 60hp V8 I know of is in one the recent Revell Midget racers.

No version of the Revell 49 Mercury have a flathead, they only have a Cadillac OHV, but the AMT 49 Mercury has the correct 8CM flathead V8.

Håkan Persson Sweden

John Force 16X NHRA Funny Car Champion

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Posted by mullett471 on Sunday, March 18, 2018 7:11 PM

Thank you all for your replies, they have been a great help.

Basically I want to build a '32 Ford hot rod (50's style) with the flat head V8.

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  • From: Northborough, Mass.
Posted by rbouque77 on Thursday, April 05, 2018 9:20 PM

Tim Boyd had a nice buildup article of a Flathead in a subtlety modified ‘40 Ford as it would have been rodded in the 1950’s in the Oct 2017 SAE.  Check it out.

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