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Hot Rods Ford Flathead V/S the Chevy stovebolt 6 stories

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Tickety Boo, Feb 12, 2021.

  1. Tickety Boo
    Joined: Feb 2, 2015
    Posts: 1,318

    Tickety Boo
    from Wisconsin

    I hear that the Ford v-8 ruled up to the late 40s, long time ago I worked with a old machinest and stock car racer that said he did well running the Chevy 6.
    A lot of speed parts and modifications were made by the owners, not much was available or affordable for the regular working weekend racer.
    Speedy Bill and other speed parts houses were just starting up :)
    One of his speed modifications was that they would shave up to a 1/8 off the Chevy 6 head to raise the compression. Then he would machine spacers to raise the valvetrain 1/8 so pushrod length would remain correct.

    Must have been fun times for racers thinking out of the box.

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  2. Lost in the Fifties
    Joined: Feb 25, 2010
    Posts: 436

    Lost in the Fifties

    I saw Chevys with Hi-Lift rocker arms, split exhaust and dual and triple carbs that would slay the flatheads of the day. Thin copper head gaskets were also cheap and popular.
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  3. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,610

    Marty Strode

    Track Roadster Racing was pretty much dominated by Flatheads until Wayne Horning produced 12 port-cross flow heads for the GMC and Chevy engines. This car, built by the Spalding Bros, with a Wayne Chevy, Hilborn Injection, and ahead of it's time suspension, changed all of that. Spalding flip-up cowl.jpg Spalding at Phoenix.jpg

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