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Technical Flat head ford cracks

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by txturbo, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. txturbo
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,771


    Anyone ever successfully repaired cracks in this area?

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  2. I've heard of guys pinning them, but I'd consider that a boat anchor. Those cracks are as common in a flathead as a SBC in a Ford!
  3. tig master
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 416

    tig master
    from up north

    Done all the time take it to a good machine shop and have them stitch it up that is not rocket science.

  4. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 5,641


    I that's the worst flaw in the block, I wouldn't consign it to boat anchor status quite yet.

  5. Not yet rated
    Joined: Jun 9, 2014
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    Yes I had a crack like that on an 8ba block. My machinist sent it out to a specialist welder experienced with caterpillar diesel repair and that weld is still holding without any problems. That was fifteen years ago. As has been said, these flathead blocks commonly experience this kind of crack and before deep-sixing another salvageable flathead I'd first consider sinking the boat you needed an anchor for. You just need a good machinist with requisite skills and contacts in the biz.

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  6. txturbo
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,771


    Yeah it looked salvageable to me but the shop that had it gave up when they found the crack.
  7. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,596

    Atwater Mike

    Give up on that machine shop.

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