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Hot Rods Flat head yes or no?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 5wcoupehunter, Sep 27, 2021.

  1. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 7,966

    Bandit Billy

  2. RodStRace
    Joined: Dec 7, 2007
    Posts: 2,708


    Title suggests you are looking for opinions. Boy did you get some!
    So here is one more - I come from a place where time and money are limited, and driving them is as much or more fun than building. You are probably different, that's just where this is coming from, okay?

    Given a choice between sourcing, buying, fitting and installing a different engine, transmission, drive line, wiring, cooling, and strengthening the frame for probably 10K+ and at least 6-12 months of work OR swapping the trans to make this much more usable, it's going to be the latter. This is especially true if you also have another Model A that has been heavily modified and scratches that itch.

    If you are the kind of guy that must keep modifying and making it your own, price out a car that is much closer to your 'finished' vision, and check into selling your current car and applying the costs to change it to that vision. Having one that just needs minor changes and down time makes more sense to what I'd prefer and allows you more time and money to refine your vision. Prices overall and for cars in particular have really gone up recently. Sourcing parts has gotten tougher at the same time. Tearing something apart to make big changes is a loosing proposition until it's back together and running. Even then, it rarely doesn't net a profit. If it did, you would see a business on every corner doing it to turn a profit.

    Some people dig the build more than driving. If that's the case, start with one that needs everything and build it your way from the ground up or someone else's abandoned project that is worth less than the sum of it's parts. Again, time and money ahead.
    These are conservative in approach, trying to save the most time and money and to avoid digging too deep a hole. If you are a gifted fabricator with shop space and deep pockets, I seriously doubt you would be asking us for an opinion. You would already know what you want and just dive in.
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  3. Budget36
    Joined: Nov 29, 2014
    Posts: 7,262


    Well, OP does have a few cars to drive during the downtime.
    If a swap takes a year or two, he’d still be styling in the meantime.
  4. alanp561
    Joined: Oct 1, 2017
    Posts: 1,863


    o_OBut then you've got the equivalent of a Shay:confused:
  5. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,983


    Caddys rule. Nuff said.
  6. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,983


    What motor are you running in your coupe in your avatar?
  7. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 1,925


    I think he mentioned a blown 363 sbf.
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  8. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 28,421


    How so? IF you have normal eyesight a Shay can be detected from across the street, shit on wheels. Adding an overhead to any Model A and changing the transmission goes unnoticed with normal vision and a full closed hood.

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  9. guy1unico
    Joined: Aug 30, 2006
    Posts: 985


    If you have a flathead , I have 2 in 2 EFV8s they are not easy to find parts for on the road. You have to take some spare items (I have a list of 10) with you....if you want a great traditional car then go Ford all the way and most the time that means flathead power.
    If you trailer your car to shows definitely go with a flathead V8.
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  10. 5wcoupehunter
    Joined: Oct 20, 2007
    Posts: 919

    from FLORIDA

    There's two coupes in my avatar, my brothers with a small block Chevy, and mine with a small black Ford.
  11. tjm73
    Joined: Feb 17, 2006
    Posts: 3,403


    I like this car as is with a Flatehad V8.
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  12. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 5,074


    Not to mention the irony of complaining about how not traditional this site is while simultaneously running a SBF/T5 combo in a model A. That running gear is more suited for a Fox-body forum.
  13. Shamus
    Joined: Jul 20, 2005
    Posts: 1,213

    from NC

    My avatar has a flathead, T-5, 9" w/3.70:1 & strolls along at 60mph at 18-20 RPM! IMG_0171.JPG
  14. Roger Loupias
    Joined: Jun 24, 2021
    Posts: 122

    Roger Loupias

    God, I love those gangster whites.
  15. Deuce Daddy Don
    Joined: Apr 27, 2008
    Posts: 5,228

    Deuce Daddy Don

    Beautiful "Uncle Daniel" A bone!!!! If you want more reliable service, install a SBF & 4 spd trans. & 9 inch rear end.
    Out on the road its better to have updated parts to contend with. I did, over 300,000 miles ago.----Don
  16. ratfink56
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 288


    Are you sorry you asked?
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