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

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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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Workhorse Engine of the Day: Ford Flathead V8 – Murilee Martin @Jalopnik

Workhorse engine of the day series from Murilee Martin at Jalopnik featuring the Ford Flathead V8, read on here

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H&H Flatheads 284 Stroker Flathead – Bobby Kimbrough @Engine Labs

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Article from Bobby Kimbrough at Engine Labs on the V12 Lincoln Flathead 284 Stroker build by Mike Herman at H&H Flatheads.

More from H&H can be found here

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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

Vital Signs from ArcLite Fab & Gas Monkey Collaboration – Brian Bass

Really nice to camera piece from ArcLite Fab in which Brian discusses his approach and Hot Rod philosophy.

As a bonus I’ve also added the Gas Monkey  piece to camera with Brian during his recent Hot Rod build collaboration which was featured on the cover of Hot Rod Magazine

 

Evolution of the Ford Flathead V8 Compiled by Fred Mills

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 here

Hosted on the Early Ford V-8 Club of America Golden Gate Charter Regional Group #1 website 

 

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!

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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

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