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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by WillemVelde, Feb 1, 2018.

  1. WillemVelde
    Joined: Feb 1, 2018
    Posts: 25


    Hello guys, I am Willem and come from The Netherlands. I just bought me a 36 chassis with title, axles and engine.

    Theres a body on it which nobody knows what it is but the lines could resemble a 32 coupe with some cutting.
    Don't shoot me now....

    I've got a question for the engine, I've got a 4-71 blower lying around and I was thinking of sticking that onto the Flathead. I'm not looking for big power so won't be running it with a lot of boost, 7 psi is what I will be aiming for.

    But, what do I have to modify in terms of the lubrication and cooling? Porting will be a home job mainly smoothening things, nothing fancy. And maybe a cam that will suit the application.

    Tell me what you think. 20170712_104233.jpg
  2. i's not a ford, but it does look good

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  3. Welcome to the H.A.M.B Willem. Looks like you’re off to a good start.

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  4. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,743


    Hmm...... This could get good. Go for it!
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  5. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,416

    Bandit Billy

    Buy this book and study it. Best advice I can offer. You live in a beautiful country! I have visited a couple of times in the last few years. Can't wait to return.
  6. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,416

    Bandit Billy

    Oops, forgot the book. :rolleyes:
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  7. bostonhemi
    Joined: Dec 1, 2011
    Posts: 606


    Looks like a great start. Looking forward to seeing more.
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  8. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
    Posts: 3,374

    mike bowling

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  9. Weedburner 40
    Joined: Jan 26, 2006
    Posts: 549

    Weedburner 40
    from California

    I am not sure what it is but, I think it started as a sedan. I like the look though. Keep us posted on your progress.
  10. 1946caddy
    Joined: Dec 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,114

    from washington

    Window shopping? ;)
  11. treb11
    Joined: Jan 21, 2006
    Posts: 3,034


    Making more horsepower than stock puts more stress on the engine and its components. Its about cramming in more air/fuel mixture, whether with bigger cam and more RPM or pressurized induction with a blower. Good bearings, gaskets, oiling system all need to be able to support the higher horsepower.
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  12. Murocmaru
    Joined: Apr 5, 2006
    Posts: 380

    from Van Nuys

    Great looking car. Do you have any more pictures showing what you’ve done?

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  13. Looks like a great project, welcome from western Wisconsin, wishing you the best in 2018!!
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  14. waxhead
    Joined: May 11, 2013
    Posts: 1,045

    from West Oz

    Thats a good looking body, curious to find out what it is.
  15. Welcome to the HAMB Willem from a fellow Dutchman.
    Good luck with your build.

    Groeten Hennie
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  16. Welcome from Arizona.
  17. WillemVelde
    Joined: Feb 1, 2018
    Posts: 25


    Thanks guys, what a welcome.
    Body will be more modified than it is now. Alltough it will never be an original, it is steel and I hope it needs a trained eye to see.

    Will keep you posted alltough progress will be slow as I really need to finish some other projects first. As for the engine, 200hp will be fine, everything over that is bonus. Engines are over engineered so don't expect a lot of trouble, will buy the book!
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  18. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,416

    Bandit Billy

    To your original question on lubrication, when they stop leaking oil...add more. There are a million threads on the HAMB regarding oil filtration systems for flatheads. They very from;
    1. Don't run a filter at all
    2. Run a filer with no by pass
    3. run a 95% filtration system.
    All have merits and drawbacks. In the end, do your homework and make your own call...but make sure you tell me which way you decided to go.

    On cooling, keep the timing relaxed, run a good radiator, fan and shroud. I have a 471 blower on my 8BA, I run a MSD blower timing box to prevent detonation issues, it also has a manual advance/retard knob inside the car. Again lots of opinions, make sure you share yours.
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  19. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 2,225

    Dick Stevens

    Welcome to the HAMB, not every hot rod needs to be a Ford it looks like it will make a fine hot rod for you!
  20. If it ain't Dutch it ain't much ;-)
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  21. WillemVelde
    Joined: Feb 1, 2018
    Posts: 25


    Helli guys, a little engine question. There is 59 stamped on the block, 59a on the heads. So I suppose its a 59a engine.
    As I can see this is a good engine to start with, dating from 46-48.

    I also read these engines can take some 7 pound of boost on a stock bottom end. How well does this go? Or is a strengthened middle main cap really the better thing to do?

    As I said, I'm not looking for big hp, just a fun reliable engine. Is this possible?
    Last question, can't help myself, what power would a 7 pounds boosted flathead make?
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  22. That's an interesting body, I agree that it was most likely a sedan.
    Interesting because of the windshield style (later style) coupled with suicide doors (earlier style) maybe it's a few different vehicles.
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  23. khead47
    Joined: Mar 29, 2010
    Posts: 1,462


    200 HP is very optimistic, but go for it !
  24. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 1,175


    Sinterklaas got me that t-shirt for Christmas
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  25. WillemVelde
    Joined: Feb 1, 2018
    Posts: 25


    200hp is not a hard figure. I will be throwing some stuff together and see what will come out. As long as the bottom end won't break so will do everything to prevent it from breaking.

    I would like to keep stock pistons, crank and conrods. Is that sensible?
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  26. WillemVelde
    Joined: Feb 1, 2018
    Posts: 25


    Can't find your book, will this book do the job?

    Attached Files:

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  27. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,040

    from Woburn, MA

    I think that body has potential to be something very unique and cool. It looks like a cross between a coupe and a vicky with the C pillar sitting over the rear wheel well like that. It has a little Bantam flavor to it.
  28. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,416

    Bandit Billy

    I haven't read that one so I can not say with certainty. Abbins book speaks directly with super charging a flathead Ford. Where to port, what to add, where to subtract, basically a recipe to serve a 300 HP flathead... And not end up with flathead stew when your done.
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  29. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 2,435


    Welcome Willem, this should be interesting. That body would be one of a kind on this side, keep us posted.
  30. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,416

    Bandit Billy

    I will take a look for my copy, I think I know where I saw it the machine shop! Ill run by there tomorrow on my way to work on see if they still have it. If so, I'll PM you for your address and send it to you.
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