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Features Had to have this 31 A! (Update!)

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by 31pickemup, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    Must be nice to have extras Larry! New to flatties so I haven't reached that point yet lol
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  2. Hey, 31PICKEMUP,
    Here's a running flathead in Cleveland for $1200.
    Running, bet you can get it for less.
    On CL. here's the link:
    post id: 4758951812
  3. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    Yeah I saw that. It's not a 59ab
  4. titus
    Joined: Dec 6, 2003
    Posts: 5,076


    The valve keepers were probably just poorly installed

    looks like it has adjustably lifters, sure it wasnt just loose lash? what do you mean by "dry cylinders" sometimes a motor might not be the prettiest inside but will run ok, did you do a compression test before your tore into it? why not just replace the couple valve keepers, adjust the valves and stick it back together, a pair of head gaskets and intake is relatively cheap.
    ghornbostel likes this.
  5. ^^what he said^^

    It would indeed be YAHTZEE(!!!) if she responds to just a tinker or three. Cheap fix luck could be possible......while catastrophic rebuild always lies in wait. Tomorrow be better then today maybe ?? Good luck either way !!
    volvobrynk likes this.
  6. LuckyFordGuy
    Joined: Jun 13, 2008
    Posts: 275


    Love it looks great Rog Mn
  7. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    Ok I've pulled the 59ab apart and it looks a bit rough. Im looking for a good replacement. My question is should I only put a 59ab back in its place or should I be open to a 8ba? I actually have a 1953 Merc sitting on a engine stand that I could use.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2014
  8. My $.02 You got it you use it.
    It only brings minor change and you already know
    the car was built in '59 so the Merc was around, and had more HP.
    I will also ad that anybody who has been around
    cars a while and is honest knows that a vast majority
    of most kinds of enthusiasts type cars get modified
    during the course of their lives.
    Look at it this way: If your car was at the point
    it is now in '59, what would the builder have done
    had he kept it? Don't you think that more HP was on everybody's
    mind in 1960? And swapping engines with more HP was always done.
    You run your car till you get beat, then you go after more HP.
    Was then, is now, and forever will be!
    Geeze sounds like Church!!!
  9. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    Well little update. Finally got the engine out. Thought it was a 46-48 59AB but it ended up being a 41-42 raised intake type block with 46-48 crank pulley and water pumps. Already has a 3 3/16 bore but isn't a Mercury. Not sure how much more these blocks can go. Learning more and more. Here are some photo's unnamed (19).jpg unnamed (18).jpg unnamed (17).jpg unnamed (16).jpg unnamed (12).jpg unnamed (14).jpg unnamed (11).jpg unnamed (12).jpg
    Tony Martino likes this.
  10. Some real oldtimers said "bore 'till you hit water, then sleeve it!"
    In reality 3-3/8" is practical.
    In my humble opinion.
    The 4 inch Merc crank is the rest of the story.
    By the way if you haven't heard, 8RT truck engines
    also had Merc cranks, (some not all) just because they were "truck" engines.
    You'll probably get more opinions!
  11. BTW.
    go over to thr Ford barn.
    There's tons of Flathead info.
    One I remember is "boring a flathead."
    It's about 5 years old but the info is still good
    and the guys writing are the "REAL DEAL"
  12. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 16,998


    I have one of those blocks in my sedan and it's currently bored to 3-3/8". Stick your finger inside the water hole and you'll see how thick those walls are.
  13. Fix the engine and don't alter anything else... keep it in a "Controlled state of decay".

    It is what it is... a classic hot rod ... not a resto-rod... not a street rod, not a pro-built traditional rod (that always miss the mark!) a true home built Hot Rod!
  14. Interesting thread, I'm watching.
  15. Hey I just noticed, 31pickemup's car has cross steering!
    Pretty cool for 59!
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  16. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    Yeah it's been updated throughout the years, who knows when that was put in. Holes all over the place lol
  17. It all adds character, and a hot rod is never "done"
    This is yet another defining characteristic!
    We are really just caretakers and keepers of the flame!
    If we don't do it, nobody will!
    Do what you want while you got it.
    Don't wait too long to drive it!
    I just bought a 56 Studebaker Golden Hawk that
    was driven into the "barn" in 1977.
    37 years later the guy's grandson sold it to me.
    The owner died, the son died, the grandson is 65!
    He sold it to me 'cause the property was being sold.
    Stuff like this is why my signature reads as it does!
  18. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    I hear you Tony. I'm rebuilding the motor putting it back to green the way it was originally and removing the red paint off the linkage and bottom of carbs that the third owner put on. Fixing some wiring and off I go.
  19. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 5,051


    Wouldn't change nary a thing(sorry, been listening to a Celtic rock bad, the Real McKenzies). Quite a find and a rare look into early rod building. Enjoy!!
  20. Ford used cross steering early on, my Model A has a 1941 box.
  21. Reindeer
    Joined: Mar 3, 2005
    Posts: 224

    from Finland

    Very nice car. I like the faded paint. Wonder if my car may look that 50 years from now?
  22. Jersey Joe 67
    Joined: Jun 12, 2008
    Posts: 427

    Jersey Joe 67
    from J Town

    Wow that is vintage cool all the way, I wouldn't change a thing !
  23. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    I was hoping it was Ford steering but a vintage Vega box found it's way in at some point steering box.jpg
  24. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    It's not going anywhere
  25. Hot Rod 50
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 498

    Hot Rod 50

    Way too cool. I love your coupe. looks like it made it to the perfect home.
  26. ol'stinky
    Joined: Oct 3, 2010
    Posts: 357

    from New Jersey

    I absolutely love this car! It just screams east coast. Here in Jersey I know of a few old timers that still show up to the local cruise nights in cars the built 50+ years ago! and that thing is so beautiful. It's got the look, too bad the motor is toast, but it's a good excuse to freshen up the flatty. Good score.

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  27. 31pickemup
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 1,276


    The motor is underway being built. I was the lucky the 1941 block was savable. It was already bored to 239 and I had to go 30 more over. But I had the wall thickness and the block had zero cracks. Pete's grinding up a Potvin 3/8 camshaft for me that should sound real nice.
    Master cylinders were pulled apart and they look like I should be able to clean them up and just put in rebuild kits. I'm lucky because I couldn't find any place that sold chrome 52 masters.
    Weezy1930 likes this.
  28. Enjoying the project, the car deserves a loving hand.
    volvobrynk likes this.
  29. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427


    That is one nice car!'s perfect in my humble opinion....I think I could just sit and 'look' at it all day:)
    volvobrynk likes this.

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