The Ford Y Block V8
The venerable hot rodders favourite Ford Flathead V8 reached the end of it’s life, (at least in the States :)), in 1953 and it was followed up by the introduction of the Y Block OHV V8 in 1954.
The Y Blocks came in 239, 256 cubic inch variants for 1954, for 1955 272 and 292 cubic inch units were added.
In 1956 the 312 cubic inch motor was added to the range, this engine family ran until 1964 when it was replaced by the Windsor and Cleveland V8’s
For a really good detailed look at the Y Block V8 and where it was utilised you can
read here at the motor-car.co.uk website.
Posted on October 9, 2017
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Brilliant video of a Ford Flathead V8 running without a cylinder head!
Excerpt from Jeff Zurschmeide’s Flathead V8 article on enginelabs.com
In the history of automotive engines, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of the V8 design. By dividing the eight cylinders into two banks of four, engineers achieved a powerful, yet compact unit that could fit into the vast majority of engine bays also sized to fit four or six-cylinder engines.
Ford did not invent the V8 engine, but it can be fairly said that they brought it into everyday use. Some European marques and Cadillac had V8 engines decades before Ford developed the engine that would yield affordable performance and create the basis for hot rodding
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Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead
With Simon’s help I spent the day fitting the Mike’s Affordable Oil Filter Kit on the Model A.
When we removed the tappet cover we found a random pipe attached to the oil gallery routing oil it appears down to the timing gears.
The pipe was situated exactly where we needed to fit the oil filter feed pipe, after some interaction with Mr Cochran we decided to bite the bullet and remove it.
The feed pipe for the kit was put in its place, hopefully this was the right move, also posted on the Ford Barn for some feedback which was quite
Time will tell I guess?
We also took the opportunity to sort out the exhaust manifold blow and the loose down pipe.
Things like not using the copper gaskets and gland rings were at the root of the manifold issue.
For the loose down pipe we fitted a new clamp and a sleeve to improve the joint between manifold and pipe.
Whilst things were in progress we also spruced the engine and inlet manifold with some paint.
Really nice period diagram of the conversion to pressurised oiling on the Ford A Four Banger.
Really Good series of articles on the various aspects of Henry’s wonderful Flathead V8 on the Racing in Retrospect website from the Mid State Antique Stock Car Club.
Interesting Flathead V8 article from Ashley good historic content and a timeline of Henry’s icon!
The History of the Ford Flathead V8
As you know I try to gather as much Flattie stuff here as possible, read Ashley’s article
Here’s the next article in the
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This is what I’d love to do for my Model A at sometime in the future (if I win the lottery 🙂
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Scotty Lachenauer is following the build of a hopped up roadster for TROG
This episode covers the build of a four banger for the project, the article is
Ford Flathead Intake Manifold Collection – Manifold Destiny
Some People Collect Stamps, Others Hoard Coins, I’m Into Aluminum…
This is an article from back in 2011 but still very interesting, one man’s obsession with collecting Ford Flathead inlet manifolds.
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