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Technical Help identify Flathead oil pan

Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Dad Was A Racer, Jan 2, 2018.

  1. Dad Was A Racer
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    Can one of you experts identify my Flathead oil pan here? Passed along by another HAMB’er but no idea of its lineage. I’m primarily curious if it’s a car or truck pan and what year range. It’s going on my ‘53 8BA for the time being. [​IMG]
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  2. 51504bat
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    It's not a truck pan nor do I believe a Merc pan since its not a rear sump but I could be wrong. If I remember correctly when I had an 8ba pan for sale another Hamber said that the ribs on the pan identified the year but that was a while ago and I suffer from CRS.
     
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  3. V8 Bob
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    The pan is '52-'53 Ford/Mercury car.
     
  4. Slopok
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    Not a 49 Merc, that's for sure.
     
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  5. Dad Was A Racer
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    Thanks guys!


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  6. robracer1
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    I up dated my center link and tie rods with a kit from Shoebox Central on my 1950 custom, but found out that I have a 1951 Merc. engine and I needed to get a 50 Ford oil pan to make it fit. Chris at Shoebox told me make sure the oil pan is ribbed on the sides.
     
  7. V8 Bob
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    The '49-'51 Ford car oil pans are center sumped and smooth sided, but a ribbed ''52-'53 pan may work on a '50, just not sure.
     
  8. flatjack
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    The sump on the ribbed pan is set back just a little further than the smooth side. I had a guy who did the Shoebox conversion and needed that pan to clear.
     
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  9. Flathead Dave
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    The exact same as mine. '49-'53 8BA Car.
     
  10. Dad Was A Racer
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    Is there a particular pickup tube version that is compatible with this pan, or is it just "make what you can find work"?
     
  11. I️ bought a 51 merc (8cm) flatty engine, came with some extra parts... so I️ have 2 pans... 1 normal looking flathead pan and 1 with the center sump smooth sides (no ribs)... So I️ was also wondering what the center sump was for...


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  12. Flathead Dave
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    Good question. I don't have an answer for you. My flatheads have all been stock and I have never changed anything on them.
     
  13. flatjack
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    The pickup is the same for all center sump pans.
     
  14. Bandit Billy
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    This is what I have been told. My 8BA pan is center sump and smooth sided. The Merc pans have ribs but also have a windage tray which this one does not (I have been told this but not confirmed).
     
  15. V8 Bob
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    The '49-'51 Merc oil pans have the windage tray, but they are rear sump.
     
  16. 19Fordy
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    My 50 Merc oil pan has rear sump, a windage tray and no ribs.
    It's on an 8BA block as a rear sump is needed for a 40 Ford.
     

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