In a previous post dated July 12, 2012 I was critical of the design of the Ford “flathead” engine. Recently I saw an Allard J2X that had a Ford “flathead” V8 engine that had been fitted with Ardun heads. Ardun heads are interesting on several levels. These heads converted the Ford “flathead” V8 engine into a hemispherical combustion chamber overhead valve engine.
A cross section of a Ford “flathead” engine fitted with the Ardun head conversion is shown below:
Ford “Flathead” V8 Engine Fitted With Ardun Heads (from C & T Automotive)
The addition of these heads to the Ford “flathead” engine increased the output of the 239 cubic inch engine from 100 horsepower to about 150 horsepower. The Ardun heads were designed by the Ardun Mechanical Corporation of New York which was headed by Zora Arkus-Duntov and his brother, Yura. Many of you might recognize the name of Zora Arkus-Duntov as the eventual Chief Engineer for…
As the story goes, back in 1944, a guy with a quick quarter horse won countless bets challenging hot cars to a race. This roadster, however, had a reputation as the quickest car in the San Fernando Valley. With Pete Henderson behind the wheel, in a specially staged race held in La Habra, and witnessed by a large crowd, including speed equipment gurus Vic Edelbrock Sr., Ed Winfield, and Phil Weiand, this deuce was the only car that ever won. Ernie McAfee took a famous grainy photo showing the roadster edging out the horse. Noted hot rod racer Ak Miller and writer Gray Baskerville always said they could trace the origins of ¼-mile drag racing to that famous contest.
Ford’s Flathead V-8, the Engine That Gave Birth to Hot Rodding, Is Back in Vogue, and Here’s Everything You Need to Know About It.
Another very good Ford Flathead V8 article from Marlan Davis, this time it’s a source guide for Flathead V8 performance. The article also contains some Flathead Myths courtesy of Tony Baron and a Flathead History Lesson courtesy of Charlie Clark