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Poll ? . What motor in your Model A?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 53fordcustom, Aug 4, 2013.

  1. bgaro
    Joined: Sep 3, 2010
    Posts: 1,189


    this is what i'm working with, but 3-2's instead. my next will have an A banger.
  2. 53fordcustom
    Joined: Jan 3, 2011
    Posts: 412


    Didn't say sbc isn't traditional... Just that I won't be running one in my ride. Anybody put something in then regret it?... Mounting difficulties, space issues, etc..?
  3. Flat-Foot
    Joined: Jul 1, 2010
    Posts: 1,709

    from Locust NC

    I have an 8ba that will go in mine eventually
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 2,069


    oRIginal 4-Bangers are becoming the latest craze. A flatehead V8 isn't much faster, its heavier. I bought my coupe with V8 intentions but now, I cant do it. And I got the cool Rocket with the 6-carbs, the 327 with 4 carbs in the garage. It feels good showing off the OG motor & you dont get any stupid comment from purest or any car nut. Except those mullet fuckers, "Id put a V8 in it". I drive it everyday & it goes 65-70 on the freeway, everywhere. Just watch the fluids.

  5. 4bangertroy
    Joined: Dec 27, 2007
    Posts: 123

    from Phoenix

  6. 55Dodge 270 Hemi in my 31 sedan.

  7. rebelrun
    Joined: Jan 26, 2013
    Posts: 79

    from deep south

    I just have to ask, you planning on driving this thing on long distance runs? If so you need to think of what engines have parts that are easy to get. While having a cool rare mill is awesome, being stuck in the middle of no where for 4 days while you wait for a hard to get part can dampen the trip and be very costly.

    So look for engines with long runs of production. This way you have a fair chance at being able to find parts. Just a suggestion.

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  8. Bluedot
    Joined: Oct 26, 2011
    Posts: 319


    Good advice, Rebelrun. Serviceability on the road is good to consider.
    Last car was a '29 A CCPU, ran an aluminum Olds 215 and a T5. Not a race winner, but plenty of zip to get on down the road, and very light. Used a 390 Holley - just right.
    Currrent ride is a hammered '30 coupe, went to a 455 Olds (OT, but wanted torque) and a Muncie. Biggest challenge was steering and starter. Starter is on driver side, and I insisted on traditional (vs cross) steering. That made for some very tight fit engineering to mount the steering box (reversed Corvair). But it works, and I sure have the torque I was looking for. No need to buzz it - prolly never see 5K rpms.
  9. wex65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
    Posts: 1,101

    from WV

    Putting a '55 322 nailhead in with three deuce setup...

    Think the steering gear will be a PITA but will find a way to get it turning.

    Oh, and the engine is about 10 feet long so the firewall may have to undergo major surgery.
    Joined: Dec 9, 2012
    Posts: 71

    We've got a few A's.....
    2 '29's both with 302/C4
    a '31 thats been on the road for 34yrs with 351w/ FMX
    and a '30 2dr thats half built with a V12 Lincoln in it.
    the other 2, '31 AA & "30Tudor are both stock.
  11. Presently an A=banger resides between the rails of my Tudor. I'm gonna make it work, at least for a while. I've had a line on a '55 265 for a while that is a part of my backup plan. Then there's the recent 59AB flatty that I've found (speed parts and all) that seemed to find me.

    Options are nice!
  12. box50
    Joined: Nov 4, 2010
    Posts: 179


    I am using a flatty in my sedan with a five-speed.
  13. hozem396
    Joined: May 4, 2011
    Posts: 287

    from ohio

    1952 Ford flathead (239 cid)

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  14. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
    Posts: 4,445

    from MN,USA

    '49 Flathead with '39 trans and 3:54's in the banjo rear in my 28 (driver) and in the works 364 Nailhead in my 30 Tudor.
  15. jim henderson
    Joined: Jul 26, 2013
    Posts: 30

    jim henderson

    Sprint car ford 2.3 4 cyl going in mine with a t5 trans
  16. RFH1931
    Joined: Aug 14, 2006
    Posts: 323


    I have a 56 330 Desoto in my 31 Coupe
  17. My '31 Tudor has a 351 Ford engine that has been there for about thirty years.
  18. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    as of right now the 30 tudor im planning on building for my wife is in many pieces,some I have and some im lookin for. but I got a shop full of engines. a lot of them are bbf.we have aa 429 and a 460 for the 30.just kinda think about which one to use.
  19. Canuck
    Joined: Jan 4, 2002
    Posts: 1,086


    A 425 Nailhead and SP400 in my 30 coupe on a stock dimension frame.


    Took a good size shoe horn to get it in under the hood. :eek:


    More details in the attached blog link.

  20. kjohnson
    Joined: Oct 26, 2008
    Posts: 55


    I second the red ram hemi

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  21. "A" banger

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  22. patmanta
    Joined: May 10, 2011
    Posts: 3,749

    from Woburn, MA

    Well, by "budget" do you mean initial setup, future hop-up, or overall? Some of these engines can be had cheap but can cost a fortune to hop up and some can just plain cost a fortune. For example, I can usually find a banger for sale near where I am that supposedly turns, every few weeks on CL in the northeast for short money, however, fresh parts and speed parts can go for moon money. Take a look around your area and see what people are selling, then see what it could cost to warm it up.
  23. Original 4 banger in my 28 RPU. Its not hot, but it runs and its so neat I don't plan to change it.
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 54
    from CT

    Stock 8BA w/Roch 2g in our '30 coupe

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  25. tinknocker86
    Joined: Nov 19, 2008
    Posts: 29

    from california

    1959 312 Y Block in my '29 roadster on '32 rails. It's being built to my birth year 1960.
    Jimmy White at Circle City Hot Rods did all the chassis work for me. A true metal artist!!
  26. hupster
    Joined: Nov 24, 2007
    Posts: 341

    from california

    My model A remains in the planning stages, but I do have a '59 Caddy 390 already built and waiting along side the 31 coupe body across the shop from the 32 chassis. For my money the best choices are the early OHV caddies, early hemi's or maybe the early old's or nailheads. With those you don't sacrifice the giddy-up for the look-good.
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  27. flatheadz-forever
    Joined: Jun 16, 2011
    Posts: 501

    from new jersey

  28. Search Dog
    Joined: Oct 30, 2012
    Posts: 112

    Search Dog
    from Western CT

    '51 8BA, bored and stroked to 282 c.i. Holley 4 bbl. S10 T-5.
  29. I am in the middle of building a 31' pick-up. 302 w/C4

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  30. You asked "What motor in your Model A", well, I've had three - one was a SBC, one was a SBF, and the newest is a Ford SOHC 2.3 4 banger.

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