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Ford Flathead buying tips

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by msalamanca, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. msalamanca
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 526

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    When looking for a good flathead for a passenger, what are some good tips to look for?
    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
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  3. Shaggy
    Joined: Mar 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,207

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    from Sultan, WA

    Pull the heads, look for cracks..... and they can be overbored a huge amount if needed/wanted
     
  4. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

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    Always check the pan rails carefully down low where the oil pan bolts up. I've seen several that cracked down there between the pan bolt hole and the crack often continues up the inside of the block. You can't see the problem until the pan is removed. Usually at the machine shop long after the sale.
     

  5. msalamanca
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 526

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    Well I will be looking at a few, the year are 49-51.
     
  6. 50flathead
    Joined: Mar 8, 2005
    Posts: 1,120

    50flathead
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    from Iowa, USA

    You wanting to build one or buy a takeout? Try to get a guarantee from the seller if you are buying a builder. You won't know what you have till it goes to the machine shop. Expect to pay more for a guarantee otherwise take your chances. They are all good just depends on what you want for power, cost, and appearance.
     
  7. msalamanca
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 526

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    51 Shoebox.
     
  8. Dirty Dug
    Joined: Jan 11, 2003
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    Try to find something rebuilt or close to it. They're cheaper to buy than build.
     
  9. tig master
    Joined: Apr 9, 2009
    Posts: 416

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    from up north

    You will have no troubles finding an 8ba. Good parts availability and interchangability.
    8ba's are not as prone to the deadly cracks unless they have been frozen most other cracks are repairable.

    T.
     
  10. msalamanca
    Joined: May 25, 2011
    Posts: 526

    msalamanca
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    So I am proud owner of a flathead V8
     
  11. Oilcan Harry
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 906

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    from INDY

    A flathead man told me if the block was a race or hotrod motor, or if you think it may have been, look closely at the center main bearing web area for cracks. High RPM and stroker cranks sometimes proved too much for them.
     

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