Canadian Flathead Block Identification By Fred Mills

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Canadian Flathead Block Identification By Fred Mills

 

Useful information on identifying Canadian Flathead engine blocks from Fred Mills over at the Flathead Ford Support Group.

A list of the production line blocks, this list does not include replacement blocks:

  • 1932 – straight down drain cocks, no recessed area at front of motor
  • 1933 – early had angled drain cocks, no recessed area at front of motor
    • late had angled drain cocks, start of recessed area
  • 1934 – same as late 33
  • 1935 – start of crankcase ventilation, late castings have insert mains
  • 1936 – insert mains and poured mains mixed in production
  • 1937 – relocated water pumps
  • 1938 – early, same as 37
    • late, 24 stud heads
  • 1939 – Ford similar to 38 with larger mains
    • Mercury larger bore
  • 1940 – same as 39 both Ford and Mercury
  • 1941 – No freeze plugs in oil pan rail, intake area now looks raised
  • 1942 – same as 41 both Ford and Mercury
  • WW2 – no one really knows
  • 1946 – the 59 series engines, valve angle changed, fails pencil test, etc
  • 1947 – same as 46
  • 1948 – cars same as 46-47. new pickups get 8BA
  • 1949 – 8BA: removable bell housing, changed water passages
  • 1950 – 8BA sometime around here the intake valve seats were eliminated
  • 1951 – 8BA
  • 1952 – 8BA sometime around here the exhaust valve seats were eliminated
  • 1953 – 8BA
  • 1954 – Canadians and others used 8BA for last year, no USA flatheads

Here is the 221-239-255 cube flathead block story with pictures, to the best of my knowledge and ability to collect pictures so far.

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