Ford Flathead V8 History – Racing in Retrospect, Mid State Antique Stock Car Club

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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.

Read on here

The History of Ford’s Iconic Flathead V8 – Ashley Webb – The Motorhood

Interesting Flathead V8 article from Ashley good historic content and a timeline of Henry’s icon!

The History of the Ford Flathead V8
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

Traditional Hot Rod How-To: Making the Right Chassis Mods for our Racing Roadster Project Model A – Hot Rod Deluxe – Scotty Lachenauer

Here’s the next article in the 

Chassis Mods for our Racing Roadster Project Model A
Chassis Mods for our Racing Roadster Project Model A

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Building a Four-Banger Model A Motor for Street and Race – Hot Rod Deluxe – Scotty Lachenauer

This is what I’d love to do for my Model A at sometime in the future (if I win the lottery 🙂

Traditional Hot Rod Four Banger Build
Traditional Hot Rod Four Banger Build

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 here

 

Ford Flathead Intake Manifold Collection – Manifold Destiny – Henry Z. De Kuyper Hot Rod Network

Ford Flathead Intake Manifold Collection – Manifold Destiny
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.

Read the article here

 

 

 

Rodder’s Journal – Flatheads Everything you wanted to know about Henry’s first V8, all in one place.

There is a great Flathead resource right here at the Rodder’s Journal

Rodder's Journal - Flathead Archives
Rodder’s Journal – Flathead Archives

This is a great collection of books on the venerable flattie!

As always Rodder’s Journal is the place to go!

Hagerty V8 Flathead Build

There is an excellent timelapse video on the Hagerty YouTube channel of a soup to nuts rebuild of a Ford V8 Flathead.

According to the supporting article on the Hagerty website here

Over 400,000 pictures were taken and this resulted in the excellent 6 minute video

 

Update on my 1929 Model A Sport Coupe

Took a couple of days off work and with a huge amount of help from my friend Simon of Simon’s Autos and despite the shocking efforts of Parcelforce and HM Customs (parts held for over 3 weeks despite taking 2 days to get to the UK from Bert’s Model A Center in Colorado) we achieved  quite a bit :

Lunch 🙂

Lunch with Simon and the Model A Ford
Lunch with Simon and the Model A Ford

Parcel Woes

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Front Tube Shock Absorber Conversion

Fitted the bracket kit from Bert’s and the Gabriel shocks sourced from US Automotive here in the UK. Pretty much a bolt on apart from drilling the front axle in two places. I have a new rear spring and tube shock absorber brackets for the rear to do in the summer.

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Rear Brake Grease Boxes

Those of you that read the blog will know that the car had hydraulic brakes when I purchased it, the conversion was quite badly done in parts so it was upgraded to 1948 parts. I was short of a couple of grease boxes for the rears which I got from the States via eBay for a reasonable price. These were nicely fitted by Simon

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Engine Oil Leak

After I changed the sump gasket in the process of cleaning out the years of sludge, I ended up with quite a bad oil leak near the timing gear inspection cover using a combination of gaskets and black RTV. Fingers crossed as it’s OK so far.

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Clutch Pedal Modification

Due to my height, (6’4″), and the fact that I have a dropped foot it’s difficult to drive a standard Model Coupe. We came up with a few modifications to help me drive, these are working out quite well so far, still have a bit more to do as the clutch is dragging when hot despite slowing the idle as much as possible making the selection of 1st gear difficult. But it’s a great improvement. I think we’ll still need to design a new thinner seat back to give me a few more inches of room. The modification is done with wood so far to see how it goes. Makes life a easier for me!

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Air Filter

John Cochran kindly pointed out that my “A”  has a “B” carburettor, so I treated it to a K&N filter which I think looks OK, car’s not original anyway so 🙂

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Transmission & Rear End Oil Change

Thanks to Simon’s space heater and heavy duty pump we managed to get the Morris Lubricants SAE 250 Golden Film gear oil into the gearbox and axle, no mean feat as this is some seriously thick stuff, I can only imagine how thick the 600W spec oil from back in the day actually is!!

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The Ford Flathead V8 and the Fall of Henry Ford (From Ate Up With Motor written by Aaron Severson)

The Ford Flathead V8 and the Fall of Henry Ford
The Ford Flathead V8 and the Fall of Henry Ford

A really interesting piece on the Flathead and Henry Ford’s downfall

Read the article here