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Hot Rods 1939 Ford Convertible dilemma

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 55styleliner, Oct 13, 2019.

  1. 327

    3 vote(s)
  2. Flathead

    6 vote(s)
  1. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    I bought a nice solid 1939 Ford Convertible this weekend. It was supposed to be a quick flip. Well, I got impatient when buying (from a known seller) and didn’t test drive it. Got it home and took it for a short ride, zero oil pressure and a rod knock when warm. So, I need to change out the engine. I’ve got a good 327 Chevy and have a lead on a good running 8BA Flathead. Purely in the sense of resale value, should I put the 327 in it or stick with a Flathead? Assuming the cost to do either is the same, actually I think the Flathead will cost more.
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  2. buds56
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 188


    If it was me I would pull what's in it and see what it will take to remedy the existing problem. May just be turning the crank, bearings, gaskets, rings and the rods checked for resizing.
    JMO, Good luck
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  3. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,800


    My favorite car....are you sure it's a rod knock or is it related to ignition??? Is it currently a flathead??? Low oil pressure shouldn't be a problem with FH.
  4. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    It sounds very metallic, loudest when coasting or holding a steady rpm above idle. It is quiet at idle and while decelerating. You can here it while accelerating but is not as loud as when coasting at a steady rpm. I have had others listen to it and they also feel it’s a rod.

  5. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,076


    For this car, I think that I would stay with a flatty. If you have changed your mind about a flip, then your options open up.
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  6. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    Over the years, I've had a couple of flathead powered cars and none of them had the performance to satisfiy me. Installing a 327 in the 39 Ford is a no brainer. It will bring more money when you sell it.
  7. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

    In that car, a flathead.
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  8. I'd pay more for the 327 conversion, only because that's what I would do, but just adapted to the 39 driveline.
    Easiest fix, is the flathead. Selling price would be close either way; but that's me.
  9. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,748

    from washington

    Since you have to pull the engine either way.
    Take the flathead apart and see whats wrong with it before deciding.
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  10. The 39 guy
    Joined: Nov 5, 2010
    Posts: 3,059

    The 39 guy

    Fix the flathead if you are just flipping the car. Let the next owner decide if he wants to make the overhead swap.
    40FORDPU and mgtstumpy like this.
  11. studebaker46
    Joined: Nov 14, 2007
    Posts: 682


    if you install the 327 you are not wanna flip it IMHO Tom
  12. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,989

    from Berry, AL

    If I had that car it wouldn't leave here until I croak!
    55styleliner likes this.

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