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Technical 1953 flathead in 1931 Model A

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by ShiftyRat, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. ShiftyRat
    Joined: Apr 1, 2007
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    I am sure this question has been asked a hundred times but i have not been able to find it. Can I squeeze a 53 flatty into a stock model a frame without cutting the firewall. If yes can somebody point me in the right direction with a generator fan setup. I have the truck water pumps already. I am running a hogshead with a 1939 Lincoln transmission. I have 32 shaft and shifter leaver installed in the tranny. Also have 32 crossmember and 32 pedals.
    Thanks for the help!
    Chad
     
  2. ShiftyRat
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    It seems like the earlier generator with the fan mounted to the front of it may offer the solution I am looking for. Has any one done this?
     
  3. dv8
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    MBL has in his flathead V8 powered T roadster. But the way I understand it, those generator/fan setups are hard to find. The setup he used anyway.

    I used an original A frame on my '29 pickup with a '51 Mercury flathead. I just stretched the frame a little in the back, and slid the cab and bed back until there was enough room for the flathead to clear the radiator. It looks fine, and I didn't have to cut the firewall.
     
  4. unclerichard
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    from Michigan

    Doing this right now. If the word "alternator" doesn't bother you, it is possible to get a pulley to mount the fan to and run this in place of the generator. You will need a 13" diameter fan to get all this done. Cheaper than a generator, but no nostalgia look.
     

  5. J'st Wandering
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    I just posted a couple of pictures of a 8BA in a '29 on another thread. I will put the pictures here also.

    It is a tight fit and I beat on the firewall where the fuel pump is to get some room. It also had a flex fan on it to save a little room.

    Neal
     

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  6. ShiftyRat
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    Thanks for the help guys. I will look for the generator fan setup first MBL used, then if I can't find it I will look at moving the body back a little.
     

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