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Flatheads in Strange Places

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by haroldd1963, Oct 29, 2007.

  1. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    Most of us have a soft spot in our hearts for Ford Flathead V8's.

    I have been thinking alot lately, what the stangest or most unusual place you have seen one is?

    Any pictures would be great!

    My father and I have a 1964 Falcon Convertible on a rotiserie down to it's bare bones. We also have a couple of spare flatheads laying around. It's gonna be awhile before it's ready for an engine and I've been thinking about a Flathead powered Falcon.

    Should I seek psycological help?
  2. 35ihrat
    Joined: Oct 10, 2007
    Posts: 41


    We had one on the back of an old flathead powered COE truck. I guess you could say it had dual flatheads. The second flathead on the back was used to power the pump that sprayed the tar out of the container and onto the road for construction.
  3. Powerband
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  4. Spooky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 1,902


    I have seen 'em used as pumps in the farmer's fields in the pan handle of Okie-Homa. That was about 10 years ago and they were running 'em with straight pipes too.

  5. nickles street chop shop
    Joined: Jan 29, 2007
    Posts: 386

    nickles street chop shop
    from Edum Tejas

    its not rare or strange, but i got the chance to drive a 36 ford cab-over with a flathead. it was restored and sitting in the historical park of farmers branch, and i went out there to work on another peice of equipment and the ax'ed if i would drive it around the park to mix the oil a little. it was a 4 speed with the two speed rear end. so i thought it was badass.
  6. I have seen 59AB motors used as windmills and bangers as water pumps on the old Orange tree farms here in so cal.
  7. Rootie Kazoootie
    Joined: Nov 27, 2006
    Posts: 8,134

    Rootie Kazoootie
    from Colorado

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  8. brownsmetal
    Joined: Sep 16, 2007
    Posts: 422


    I was talking to an old dude the other day that sold the motor out of his 1 year old 53 stude and put a flathead in it.
  9. Digger_Dave
    Joined: Apr 10, 2001
    Posts: 2,517

    Member Emeritus

    Then there are irrigation pump drive motors.
    Welding trucks - driving the welder generator.
    Saw mills.
    Airplanes - Ford actually built a couple.
    and ... I KNOW there are lots more!

    And my favorite; a home made Zamboni.
  10. crisallt
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
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  11. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
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    Member Emeritus

    There was a flathead powered Falcon at Bonneville this year.
  12. Ole don
    Joined: Dec 16, 2005
    Posts: 2,915

    Ole don

    Also at Bonneville was a Nash coupe with a flathead, and a Hudson fastback. I dont have times for them.
  13. bigboy308
    Joined: Feb 7, 2007
    Posts: 144

    from Merlin, OR

    My father used to service a lot of wind machines in the orange/lemon orchards in the Ventura County area. Lots of Ford flatheads, some Chrysler flatheads also. I remember one rancher ordered six (6!!) brand new 1955 Chevvie v-8's for his machines. Had them lined up in the crates in his barn until the flatmotors crapped out, new Chevs went in. CRAZY!!
  14. i saw a flat head in a 68 vette. it was on flea-bay the motor didn't go with it though. it was actually hooked up and running!!
  15. F'n-100
    Joined: Mar 5, 2007
    Posts: 55


    Not a flathead, but a friend of mine just scored a 392 hemi off of a well pump for $400...RUNNING!

    I'll get some pics from him if he has any.
  16. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    One of our customers in Wichita Falls TX back in the late 70s built a Chevy VEGA with a full house V8-60 with 2 48s, Offy heads and intake, buckled to some 4-speed box with Halibrand quickie out back. He sent us pictures along with his thanks for propviding the parts for the early Ford stuff rebuild.
    Always wondered what happened to that crazy combo car.
  17. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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  18. SquashThatFly
    Joined: Nov 24, 2005
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  19. GlenC
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 757


    During WW2 Australian light tanks (Bren gun carriers) were flathead powered.

    Cheers, Glen.
  20. Here's a compressor. Runs on 4 cylinders, the other 4 pump the air. As far as I know it's still sitting in the same spot. Old guy won't sell much. Lots of T&A stuff there too.
    I remember an early 60's Falcon Ranchero with a chopped top, running a built flathead, I believe it was in the 70's. It was always at the swap meet in Pleasanton Ca. Years later I saw the same year Ranchero with a chopped top sitting on Elcamino real, it was flamed, I think it was black, I always wondered if it was the same car. I was working, and the guy I was with wouldn't stop to look at it.

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  21. straightaxle65
    Joined: Oct 13, 2007
    Posts: 532


    The Pioneer Auto Museum in Murdo, South Dakota has an old Gimmer-Schmidt air compressor with a flat head.

    One cylinder bank has a compressor head and the other has a regular head to power it. I used to work at a equipment rental yard and we had newer versions with 351 ford engines configured the same way but I was blown away when I saw the antique version with a flathead! I have a picture somewhere that I will try to find.

    And my dad built a haybuck in the late 40s with a 30s Chevy truck frame and he used a Ford flathead for power.
  22. diggers4life
    Joined: Jun 26, 2006
    Posts: 202


    Here's one that's running an old arc welder. It has a flawless late 20's Essex grille and radiator.

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  23. HotRodJosh
    Joined: Jan 10, 2002
    Posts: 321


    I have been waiting for a post like this.

    There is one at the Brookfield Zoo in the Swamp section. It is an old generator. Here is a pic of it and my wife.

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  24. GizmoJoe
    Joined: Jul 18, 2007
    Posts: 1,299


    Ok. May I be the first to say that's a very impressive picture HotRodJosh? And.. wait for it... the engine is nice too. ;)
    Pretty lady.
  25. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    Amazing all of the none automotive uses the Ford Flathead V8 has.

    I was hoping to see more of them in different cars/trucks though.
  26. Silhouettes 57
    Joined: Dec 9, 2006
    Posts: 2,791

    Silhouettes 57

    Here is a picture of the bus I drove around Kaiserslautern General Depot when I was stationed with the Army (1966/'68) in Germany.
    It's 35 passenger German built bus with a Flathead Ford V8, the gas pedal came out from under the seat so you used your heel to work the gas.
    I was bringing a full load of GI's back to the mess hall for lunch when a spark plug popped out and I had to limp it to the mess hall then back to the motor pool and all they did was screw in another plug and I was able to pick up the guys at the mess hall to take them back to work.

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  27. fearless51
    Joined: Oct 28, 2007
    Posts: 3


    The Tilt-a-Whirl at the state fair was run by a Flathead 8, if you are a fan of the engine the sound alone was enough to deter you from wherever you were headed.
  28. jetmek
    Joined: Jan 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,846


    i got a 59a from a decomissioned airforce early warning radar base. ran the gen and h2o pump. i guess they figured if the nukes fell at least the ford would keep running
  29. crisallt
    Joined: Oct 16, 2006
    Posts: 19


    The mention of air compressors brings back memories of filling up bike tires from a friend's dad's farm truck when we were kids. Out would come a spark plug and in went a hollow spark plug with an air hose and chuck attached.

    Wow - thats an old memory.... It's a wonder we never blew ourselves up.
  30. 27Tudor
    Joined: Jun 17, 2007
    Posts: 125


    I recall a Pinto in Hot Rod (?) years ago that had a built banger in it.

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