Post-War Ford Flathead V-8 Engine Rebuilder Shop Tour Part 3 – The Old Motor

Part three of the interesting photo essay article highlighting the behind the scenes activity at a Post War Flathead rebuilder

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The article can be found here

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Post-War Ford Flathead V-8 Engine Rebuilder Shop Tour Part 2 – The Old Motor

Part Two of the excellent post war Flathead rebuilder article from the always interesting The Old Motor

You can read the article and view the photographs here

Record-setting, and stylish, the 1949 Kurtis Special that blazed across the salt at Bonneville powered by a Ford Flathead V8

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In 1948 well known race car builder Frank Kurtis took a wrecked 1941 Buick and turned into the custom car known as the Kurtis Sport  you can see in the photo and powered it with a modified Ford Flathead V8

Read Larry Edsall’s article at classic car.com Journal on Kurtis and his customs here

One of the cars is for sale in Saint Louis, Missouri a 1949 Kurtis Sports, the listing is here

Why the Ford Flathead V8 Succeeded, and Why It Had to Die – Chris Perkins @Road & Track

The Ford Flathead V8 wasn’t the first V8, but when it debuted in the 1932 Model 18, it brought this brilliant engine configuration to the American masses.

Read Chris Perkins at Road and Track on the rise and fall of Henry’s legendary mill

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What Doomed The Ford Flathead V8 – Raphael Orlove @Jalopnik

Why did the Ford Flathead die?

Read Raphael’s article here at Jalopnik which sheds some light on the reasons.

 

Post-War Ford Flathead V-8 Engine Rebuilder Shop Tour Part I – The Old Motor

An excellent photo essay on a Flathead V8 rebuilders operation back on the day.

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The rest of the article is here on The Old Motor and as always the content is of a very high quality

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Salesman’s 1939 Ford coupe – Classic Cars.com Journal

Here’s a pick of the day from a few weeks back by Ben Golfen at Classic Cars.com. It’s a lovely 1939 Ford V8 Coupe rocking the Flathead and a glorious colour scheme from the Swift Premium Co and has been in the same family since 1942!

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Ben’s article on the car can be found here and The listing is here

Ford Flat Head V8 Working Model Engine – 3D Printed by Eric Harrell

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Ford Flathead V8!!
Modeled after a 40s 239 block and after market accessories.

More info here

Eric’s description

This is my most detailed model yet. All accessories including spark plugs were modeled. Over 200 hours print time for all parts. Almost two full rolls of filament.

All my models are printed on a Prusa i3 kit. You can find the one I use by clicking the link below. You can get 15% off by using code “GBTE”
Tronxy Prusa I3
You will need to print on an 8×10″ glass bed and change the “X” travel distance settings in the firmware to print the block.

Complete hardware kits are available. I partnered with MakerRX. Head over to their page to purchase my kit and get 10% off HatchBox/ColorFabb Filament which is some of the best filament that you can get for the price.
https://www.makerrx.com/products/mrx5

https://youtu.be/hRUQLCHZcgg

Cooling The Flathead – Tech Hot Rod Network – Gerry Burger

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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

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead V8 – From Jeff Zurschmeide at enginelabs.com

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 here

 

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead

Historic Engines – The Fabulous Ford Flathead