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History Fenton Company history lesson

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Automotive Stud, Apr 22, 2010.

  1. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,007


    I've got a couple sets of Fenton heads for pre-49 flattys. All mine are really nice condition with no corrosion. I don't know if they are so much nicer shape than other old heads cause they were better materials to start with, or because they were removed early on and have set on a shelf for 60 years?
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  2. Stephen Barrett
    Joined: Sep 24, 2019
    Posts: 778

    Stephen Barrett

    Are you selling them? If you are can I see them and what do you want for them?
  3. I have one... A 216 valve cover, but it'll fit a 235 with a stud kit. I have not seen a 4-bolt 235/261 valve cover- I've only seen 4 or 5 of these early style covers, all on eBay, and I bought two at once. A buddy of mine has the second one. I saw a Fenton branded 235 short side cover on eBay once a few years ago, and it bid up out of my price range in the last 20 seconds or so. Not sure if it's authentic or somehow homemade.

    Here's the other Fenton stuff I have that I plan to use on my truck.
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  5. JeffB2
    Joined: Dec 18, 2006
    Posts: 8,897

    from Phoenix,AZ

    We see posts every so often for guys wanting Fenton intakes and cast iron headers for the Ford 223 Six. probably won't see rebops of those.
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  6. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,076


    buick nailhead
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  7. Ah, ok. I guess the perspective makes it look much bigger than the Y-Block parts. Bolt hole location and perceived size made me think it could be another straight six part.
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  8. R1NO
    Joined: Jan 2, 2014
    Posts: 14

    from MD

    After the demise of Patrick's Antique Cars and Trucks... Who acquired the rights to Fenton, and where are these parts currently being manufactured?
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  9. From what I've read, Speedway acquired the rights as Patrick's never patented them to begin with. I think manufactured in China now, but I'm sure someone else knows the full story.
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  10. schmol
    Joined: Sep 15, 2012
    Posts: 3

    from york, pa

    What year do you think that intake is from, the newer units have a more plain logo compared to this one.
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  11. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
    Posts: 2,199


    If your Flat head is running real good I would pass on the swap...
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  12. I have no idea. I know it's different from the new intakes because mine has the squared ends and the mounts for the linkage rod, while the new ones have rounded ends and no linkage mounts. I had to look the new ones up to look at the logo- I see what you're saying- they don't have the little finned panel under the lettering. I've seen similar square-ended intakes cast with Edmunds and D&S names, and I think I read (on here somewhere probably) that Von Esser had some done with his name on them too. I assume mine is older than the current "new" ones, but I don't know a way to date it.

    Someone on eBay is selling PDF scans of 1954 and 1955 Fenton catalogs, I assume on CD since there's a shipping charge on the ad. I've thought about getting one, but I'd sure prefer a paper copy if one would ever show up.
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  13. I also see repops of the Fenton chev 6 intake on eBay.
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  14. Stephen Barrett
    Joined: Sep 24, 2019
    Posts: 778

    Stephen Barrett

    Thanks, I ended up getting new Sharp heads.
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  15. So I ran across the scanned PDF Fenton catalogs on eBay this evening, and the ad for the 1954 catalog has a picture of the page with the Chevy intake, so I snagged that photo and cropped it. The intake pictured is the same as mine (squared ends, linkage tabs, and same logo). Funny thing is, the logo is facing the wrong way, I guess so it's right side up for the photo. EDIT: It's almost the same logo... Mine has 4 fins under the logo, and this image has 6. Not sure if that's because of them retouching the photo, or what. I'd be real surprised if any of the actual intakes ever had the logo facing the engine instead of the person viewing from the driver's side.

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  16. Inked Monkey
    Joined: Apr 19, 2011
    Posts: 1,831

    Inked Monkey

    I have a single early Oldsmobile Fenton exhaust manifold. Wish I had the other side to make a set because they go for stupid money. Picked it up from an old dude that ran them in an old roundy round car. He wrecked it and destroyed the drivers side. Passenger side still looks great though.
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