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How do you ID a 1935 ford flat head V8 motor?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by woodyxo2, Jan 30, 2008.

  1. woodyxo2
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 5


    Hi have a 1935 Ford Woody Wagon with a 1940 Merc engine. I am thinking of going back with period correct engine Any ideas or help would be greatly appreciated
  2. 1952henry
    Joined: Jan 8, 2006
    Posts: 914


    It would have 21 studs, babbit bearings, and waterpumps in the heads.
  3. KutThrtKustms
    Joined: Mar 18, 2006
    Posts: 680

    from SO.CAL.

    They say '35 Ford Flat head on the Over head valve covers! DUH.....
  4. Dale Fairfax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,585

    Dale Fairfax
    Member Emeritus

    In what period are you wanting to be correct? A '35 Ford with a '40 Merc engine would be correct for anytime from 1941 up. By the time they were 5 or 6 years old, the majority of old Fords had had their engines replaced.


  5. rainh8r
    Joined: Dec 30, 2005
    Posts: 792


    Unless you're looking for a correct restoration, with NO non-original parts, the 40 engine is very acceptable in the car and much more user friendly than the early versions with the water pump heads. I doubt that the value of the vehicle would drop at all with the later engine because it's so near the original mfg. date and it's so much better for someone that wants to use the car.
  6. Bruce Lancaster
    Joined: Oct 9, 2001
    Posts: 21,682

    Bruce Lancaster
    Member Emeritus

    Original block is pretty easy to nail; look for a 21 stud block without big holes for '37-48 water pumps and with the extra opening by right front of pan for a little ventilator--you can see this part on your '40 motor. There are actually two, used in a few '35's and many '36 had replaceable main bearings, the generally used '35, partial production '36 had poured babbitt mains. In the car, they'd be indistinguishable. I'll be right down to pick up the '40 Merc, don't bother dragging it out to the dumpster...
  7. woodyxo2
    Joined: Jan 29, 2008
    Posts: 5


    Thanks everybody. I'm new at this and own bought the woddy with the 40 merc in it. The past owner dais he wanted more horse power so he removed the original moter. Now I am thinking of either selling it or going for a more modern engine ( 350 /350 ) If I sell it I thought it would be worth more if it had the right year motor. Thanks again Ron
  8. alchemy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2002
    Posts: 17,448


    If you get rid of the Merc motor, be aware that it is a sought-after block.
  9. 350/350? How could you?
  10. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 8,128


    I think someone needs to steal it so it does not get the 350/350.

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