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Technical Flathead gurus...I need a "hot rodder's resource" manual

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by corndog, May 14, 2018.

  1. corndog
    Joined: Nov 27, 2007
    Posts: 3,863

    from Indiana

    I hate to admit it on this forum but I have never rebuilt a Ford flathead in my far. But I came home from Columbus, Ohio this weekend with a pretty nice hot rod 8BA flathead V-8 in my trailer. The plan is for me to make sure this engine will work well for my son Scott in his TROG build.
    While I have never done anything previously with a flathead, I am not a rookie at engine building. I have built many other engines, mostly Chevrolet. But what I would like to do before I start this flathead project is to buy a GOOD engine-build manual so I can read about the process before I actually do anything. I have looked on-line and have found several but I want some HAMB recommendations before I buy anything. I don't want a basic theory book, I want one that gives me good hot rodding tips for building a nice souped up 8BA. Please offer up what has worked well for you! and thanks in advance!
  2. buster6972
    Joined: Apr 3, 2007
    Posts: 186

    from Florida

    I hate to say this, but being a completely visual learner I am a huge fan of youtube . I don't mind a couple of the flathead books, but actually watching someone put one together is amazing.
  3. M42
    Joined: Feb 8, 2016
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  4. 6sally6
    Joined: Feb 16, 2014
    Posts: 193


    I'll throw this out there.........
    IF I had a question about what-to-do-to-a-Ford-flathead-engine to make it scoot...I'd make a post on Speed Talk. There are some/many engine pros on there that can tell you what works and how to do it!!
    Sometimes they go a little off the deep end on some discussions can believe there is some knowledge on that board!!!
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  5. Ron Holloran's "Nostalgia" best reading ever
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  6. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
    Posts: 4,421

    Bandit Billy

    This is on the BanditBilly 10 best list
    The first chapter and verse of Joe's book should have read;
    In the beginning, Henry created the flathead Ford...than all hell broke loose.
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  7. cederholm
    Joined: May 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,438


    Joined: Jun 25, 2012
    Posts: 614
    from Salina, KS

    This should be an excellent thread, maybe with links to other threads & good tips.
    I've heard a few dirt track racers,70-80yrs old with "shop talk". A really good DETAILED resource of tips, kinda "Flathead Ford's for Dummies". DO'S & DON'Ts, tips would be of great benefit.

    . . .
  9. Flathead Dave
    Joined: Mar 21, 2014
    Posts: 1,862

    Flathead Dave
    from So. Cal.

    Tools. There are flathead specifc tools to make it very easy to work on flatheads.

    You can make them but I would buy them. The valve guide puller and spring compressor. Not very expensive at all.

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  10. 51504bat
    Joined: May 22, 2010
    Posts: 766


    Make sure you use a machine shop that knows flatheads. JMHO
  11. dan c
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 1,521

    dan c

    vern tardel's book is one of the best.
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  12. fullhouse296
    Joined: Jan 30, 2009
    Posts: 335

    from Australia

    Check for cracks before you get too enthused .Dont forget around the main webs and down the centre exst valve ports . bout 60% fail rate .
  13. RidgeRunner
    Joined: Feb 9, 2007
    Posts: 735

    from Western MA

    Unfortunately one book that covers everything hasn't been written yet that I know of. A lot of ways to improve flatheads, getting the total combinations right is more critical for good results than on most other engine designs. Many good books listed above, I've got a good portion of them plus others. One not mentioned yet that I've found very informative is "Flathead Facts" by John W Lawson.

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  14. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
    Posts: 5,917


    First, get block magnafluxed and baked.
    Take plenty of photos.
    Mark your main and connecting bearing caps and don't mix them up.
    "Bag" all nuts and bolts. Don't leave them loose.
    Bore engine as little as possible if building a "stocker".
    Don't throw anything away.
    Use engine stand with 4 casters.
    Don't tap threaded holes. Chase them.
    If your connecting rods have oil holes be sure to reinstall them facing the correct direction.
    Use high quality connecting rod nuts.
    Install adjustable lifters

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