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Identify an engine (Flathead on a '51 Ford frame)

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Microcar1, May 11, 2011.

  1. Microcar1
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    Can anyone identify this engine?

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    I can see that it's a Flathead -- but I'm not familiar with differences by date or model. I'm told that the frame is a '51 Ford, and that the shift (with overdrive) is from a Thunderbird.

    As near as I can tell, the car was assembled in the late 50's. (I have the car, but the engine was removed years ago.)
     
  2. Microcar1
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    Do these "close-ups" help at all. (Sorry about the resolution of the photos. It's all I've got.)

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  3. RichFox
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    Looks like a Merc to me to. Why isn't that a standard OD transmission for a '49-53 Ford/Merc?
     
  4. Microcar1
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    I'm not sure why -- but when the car was sold in the early 60's, the advertisement listed it as having a T-bird shift with overdrive.

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  5. RichFox
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    May have been referring to the floor shift linkage. Couldn't buy them out of the catalog then. T-bird was pretty much your only store bought conversion. Then Corvette for GM. Otherwise you made your own by cutting down column shifters. Very popular project in my High School metal shop class. Before the T-Bird if you didn't start with a top stick trans it pretty much stayed a column shift. People were converting from floor shift to column. Times change.
     
  6. Mr48chev
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    51 to 53 Merc flathead most likely when it has that carb and that block configuration.

    The trans could be anything from 51 Merc up through the mid/late 50's. My 51 Merc had a similar trans in it when I bought it in 1963.
     
  7. Hnstray
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    Is the pic of the frame from before the car was assembled? Seems the wheelbase would have to be shortened and the steering column lowered and possibly extended to fit the proportion of the body.

    So, do you have the car as picyured in the "for sale" ad but less engine? Pretty cool looking machine. Are you restoring it?

    Ray
     
  8. tig master
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    Its an 8ba 49/53 48 in a truck

    Tig.
     
  9. Microcar1
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    Microcar1
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    Well...it looks a little rougher now -- but my plans are to restore it. Until I found the photos of the frame and the engine, I was planning on putting in a Small Block Chevy. But since it started with a Flathead, I'm hoping to restore it that way.

    I'm still looking for any racing history for the car. It's cool as is, but I think it would be a great car to take vintage racing.

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