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Ford Flathead V8 engine

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  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Ford Flathead V8 engine
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 1:43 PM

A staple of vintage hot rodding, we have the Ford flathead.  

 

 

Here is what comes in the box:

 

 

The job starts off on the wrong foot because #27 in frame 2 MUST be installed as the block halves come together.  It will not go in as pictured in frame 2.  

 

 

Once you are past that, it goes together fairly quickly.  

 

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 1:54 PM

Most of what they want you to glue goes together nicely by friction alone.

 

The job turned south again because they gave me two right hand heads.  I had to cut the tabs to fit.

 

More progress, or so I thought.

 

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 1:59 PM

The wrong head came back again to haunt me because there were no holes to interface with the breather canister.  I removed the tabs from the canister and glued it directly to the head bolts.  If you didn't know, you can't tell, so on we go.  

It is not all bad, and seems to go together pretty well.  I think it looks good, with good detail, including the lines and hoses.  I will finish the pulleys etc. tonight.  It will make a nice addition to my "Great engines" series.

Just keep picking away at it...

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    March, 2017
  • From: Brighton England
Posted by Spencer Mopar Fan on Monday, February 19, 2018 7:12 PM
Superb stuff . " We're gonna need a bigger shelf ! " LOL Now I want to find 1:6 scale " speed equipt. stuff " like a Frenzel blower , Copper heads, Hunt Magneto...... Oh dear Spen ....... Oh dear !! LOL
  • Member since
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  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 7:44 PM

Got the belts and pulleys mounted.  They turn, which is cool.  Note the two water pumps, one for each bank.  The oil bath air filter was also mounted, and there we go, one iconic Ford flathead V8.

 

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Monday, February 19, 2018 7:50 PM

Spencer Mopar Fan
Superb stuff . " We're gonna need a bigger shelf ! " LOL Now I want to find 1:6 scale " speed equipt. stuff " like a Frenzel blower , Copper heads, Hunt Magneto...... Oh dear Spen ....... Oh dear !! LOL   

 

Thanks for stopping by Spencer.  I have seen quite a few engines in 1/6, but many are already built.  Being a Mopar guy too, I have the old street 426 hemi and the modern 6.1 srt hemi yet to do.  Next is the Ford 427 wedge.  Cheers.

 

 

Just keep picking away at it...

  • Member since
    September, 2017
Posted by Big Gary on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 2:26 AM

In the song "Hot Rod Lincoln" the Lincoln referred to there is the V-12 from the 1940s. I've wondered if I could put 2 flatheads together and make a credible V-12. I've seen pictures of the engine & it would take a little Imagineering to create it. 

The song was originally recorded in 1955 when the SBC had just come out and 303 Olds engines were barely available in junk yards from wrecked cars . The version most of us was recorded in 1973.

  • Member since
    January, 2008
  • From: Plano (Dallas), Texas
Posted by mmthrax on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 8:33 AM

Hello Gary,

Thanks for the view and comment.  I am only familiar with the Commander Cody version.  Did some research.  You are correct about the year.  I always thought that the song was from the Buddy Holly era.

To make a flathead 12 would be awesome.  Beyond my skillset right now, probably drive me to drinkin'.  Smile

I once bought an Alfa from a guy and his father had a 41 Lincoln convertible.  Beautiful car.  Had the V-12.  He had modifed the car, himself, to have two carbs.  You could not tell.  The workmanship was really good.  He explained that he got too big for his britches because, the windshield wipers being powered by engine vacuum, now did not work properly because of the two carbs.  

Just keep picking away at it...

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