Googling around as you do I initially found the story of Mark Kirby’s newly engineered Flathead V8 block on the Coker Tyres
This is a quite old story from back in 2010
This page led to me to the Motor City Speed Equipment
Here you can find some details and specifcations for the newly engineered flathead block, not sure how old this information is?
There is also an old article
here on Hot Rod Network
I also found a video on YouTube from 2012 showing Mark discussing the project
I’m not sure what has happened to the project since but some chatter on the H.A.M.B suggests that Jon Hall on Shadow Rods may be involved?
The Flying Ford Flathead V8
Great article from the Jalopy Journal on the Ford Model 15-P Flying Wing, the last aircraft developed by the Stout Metal Airplane Division of Ford Motor Company.
The aircraft was powered by an aluminium version of the 221 cubic inch version of the Ford Flathead V8 developing 115hp as opposed to the cast iron car versions 75hp.
Read the Jalopy Journal article here
Read the Wikipedia page here
The Flying Ford Flathead…
Posted on December 3, 2017
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One of the issues that has always plagued the Ford Flathead V8 has been overheating. Gerry Burger’s article on Hot Rod Network comes up with some answers.
Read on here
In Fred’s own words
“Here is the 221-239-255 cube U.S.A. flathead block story with pictures, to the best of my knowledge
and ability to collect pictures so far”
You can find the excellent 20 page document
Hosted on the Early Ford V-8 Club of America Golden Gate Charter Regional Group #1
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
Read the rest of the article
Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead
There is a great Flathead resource right
here at the Rodder’s Journal
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!
Some great Flathead pictures on H&H Flatheads
Instagram page well worth a look 🙂
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
An interesting critique of the flathead engine from Steve McKelvie, read on
A Critique of the “Flathead” or Side-Valve Engine Design