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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Ryan, Aug 15, 2016.

  1. flatout51
    Joined: Jul 26, 2006
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    I drive old cars for the feeling of the OLD car. Anyone can go put a 305 and turdbo 350 and put it in a model a with a vega box and coilovers and have a well performing car. Or just go drive the 86 camaro it came out of and it will feel exactly the same. What's the point? I'm in this hobby for the nostalgia factor. I don't want to drive a modern boring car so why would I turn my Model A or 40s car into a 86 Monte Carlo?

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  2. PRB
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    That's fine....I like old cars too and in '62 I threw out the low HP flattie in my '40 Ford and put a SBC in it with a nice 3 speed manual....what were you building/driving in '62?
    Oh, and it drove like an old car.....great in a straight line.....corners, not so much.
    I'm not knockin flatties....they are cool etc....just adding some perspective that I lived and experienced. When I was a kid they were considered door stops/junk/can't get an OHV anywhere so have to run this.
    IOTW, they stopped 'ruling' in the late 50's and were eccentricities after that. Done for fun not for speed.
    Bottom line is an SBC is just as valid a period lump as any flattie...it is what was run the most after 55 or so.

    Like this.. http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...ound-its-way-back-home-after-56-years.802363/
     
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  3. flatout51
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    I was born in 1985. My father, 1944. His cars have SBFs. That doesnt change that this is a flathead thread. Im not knocking SBCs but.... Give me the antiquated water heater in the slow lane over ANY 265, 283, 327... oh!!! And my dad is currently building a flathead to replace his 302 in his coupe....... old guys still like them too. My roadster, 47 59ab stroked, ported, relieved, cam, Thickstun pm -7 backed by a 48 column shift trans torque tube banjo. 1483760173423.jpg

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  4. PRB
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    Great looking ride...that'll be fun putting a flattie in your Dad's car...but he knows the deal. Have fun with it.
     
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  5. Hey flatout51 don't listen to the old guys about flatheads, their the ones that threw them all away for sbc's. It's us young guys who want to recreate what they felt before they threw them all away and to feel the feeling of an old flatty powered car and we want are cars to feel like 1940s not streetrods. Plus there's nothing like the sound of stroked out flatty... Just pay attention to the old time flathead gurus and not the haters. I listened to a flathead guru and together we built one badass 286" and I'm already building another. Sbc are for 50s cars.:p
    Btw flat that's a cool little roadster you got. Love that it's a colume shift like my 32 roadster.
     
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  6. image.jpg Here's my next flatty 49 merc going to be a 284" or 296" just have to make up my mind on the ci. Oh yea it's going in my 49 full kustom car.
     
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  7. chevyfordman
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    DSCN2921.JPG Its starting to look a little better after a little cleaning.
     
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  8. BrerHair
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    Fantastic. Well said.
     
  9. Jet96
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    IMG_4552.jpg Flatheads Rule!!
     
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  10. Boy is that just plain weird or what? Either build a SBC or build a flathead . . . but this Frankenstein, whew . . . don't know what to think of it.. LOL
     
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  11. haychrishay
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    Here is my 40 DLX with a Merc flatty, 80 over, relieved, aluminum heads, and two carb intake.....with a working Columbia 2 speed cruises 75mph and has never overheated..... I get so tired of hearing " they alwasys overheat". it aint fast but it's coooool. 40 ford rr.jpg IMG_1554 - Copy.JPG
     
  12. Jet96
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    I know it just cracked me up !
     
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  13. Stogy
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    Valve Covers Flathead Look for Small Block Chevy

    http://www.obrientruckers.com/ecom/product/241/2372/

    :rolleyes:

    :eek:
     
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    Well dale now we know what's really in this Camaro. Lol :D
     
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  15. Gary Addcox
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    ALRIGHT ! I knew I would see your cool flatmotor if I scanned enough.
     
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  16. Gary Addcox
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  17. Gary Addcox
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    Huh ? An S S flatmotor. O M G.
     
  18. Sneaky sucker now ain't he! Just imagine how many Chevy and Camaro fans he pissed off with that one. LOL
     
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  19. FlatJan
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    here is my french. Just got it runing with US oil pan and bubbas dizzy and after that hung the heads and intake (full navarro) onto it. Need to finish it and then fire it up :D
    for me they still rule even if not for power per $
     

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  21. Visionary pinstriping
    Joined: Aug 6, 2011
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    Here's mine, this will be my first flat motor, a 1953 Marc.
     

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  22. This should get some blood pressure up beyond the limit. It came that way I didn do it. It didn't take me too long to fix it tho I ain't finished ,still a few places to get.
     

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  23. jamesd1502
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  24. barrnone50
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    Sweet motor !! Very Nice .. What is Mag set up you are running?? Thanks
     
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  25. jamesd1502
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    It's a scintilla mag with an angle drive unit
     
  26. Just did a freshen up on mine ;) 19047675_10211839211188220_2082243838_n.jpg IMGP2230_resize.JPG
     
  27. moonlight graham
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    ...still rule DSC_8750.jpg
     
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  29. csebern
    Joined: Nov 24, 2015
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    I've been working on this for a few years now and just got it running a few days ago. One of these days I'll do a build thread on it.

    Its the car's original 59AB, +.125" Egge pistons, 4.00" crank, 8BA rods w/ARP bolts, ARP main studs, center main cap strap, Isky Max 1 cam, Isky springs, SS chevy valves, ported block, Motor City Flathead heads, Fenton exhaust manifolds, Weiand 142 Supercharger, Mallory Distributor, MSD 6BTM and Holley Terminator fuel injection. I've spent a lot of time redoing things trying to hide anything that looks modern, it obviously a work in progress.

    IMG_0811.JPG

     
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