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Discussion in 'Traditional Hot Rods' started by Larry Clare, Feb 16, 2018.

  1. Larry Clare
    Joined: Feb 5, 2018
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    Larry Clare

    Hi I pulled this of my 24 stud flathead trying to remove timing cover very uncooperative . any this does not look original to the engine please let me know if you know what it is thanks 20180216_184728 (1).jpg 20180216_184728 (1).jpg 20180216_184741.jpg
     
  2. studebakerjoe
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    Looks like a Lincoln Zephyr conversion to me.
     
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  3. PM GMC_BUBBA he is the Dizzy master... :)
     
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  4. Murocmaru
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    from Van Nuys

    I’ll second that it looks like a lincoln v-12, converted to v-8. Ive been looking for one. If you ever want to sell it, please keep me in mind.


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  5. tubman
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    Go directly to the casino. This is your lucky day.
     
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  6. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    Thanks for all the replies it came off the engine in the 41 not sure I am going to use it will keep you informed .
     
  7. RichFox
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    What you have was pretty much the hot set up on Traditional fast cars before it was Tradition.
     
  8. Larry Clare
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    Thanks I guess he was building a fast 4 door .
     
  9. Kustomman#1
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    Take the caps off (side parts wires come out of) and have a look how it has been converted from 12 to 8 cylinder!
     
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  10. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    whoever did the conversion drilled the covers to accept the individual wires I will disassemble and post pics tomorrow
     
  11. Kustomman#1
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    Ok will have a look. You should find a neat little job in there.
     
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  12. Mr48chev
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    With that distributor, the 4 barrel intake and the WCFB you just have to wonder what goodies are inside the engine. Who ever put it together seemed to have a serous idea of what they were doing and built it to run rather than impress the mouthbreathers.
     
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  13. tubman
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    I think "Kustomman#1" is referring to the inner caps (they're behind the "drilled" covers). The wires usually come out of the holes on the side of the covers now plugged with what looks like red bottle caps.
     
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  14. Larry Clare
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    I am going to take the caps off to take a look one of then is cracked bummer !
     
  15. Larry Clare
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    Hi heres some pics of the distributor 20180218_135928.jpg 20180218_140112.jpg 20180218_135933 (1).jpg with the caps off
     
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  16. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    20180218_135933 (1).jpg 20180218_135928.jpg 20180218_140112.jpg Here are some pics of the distributor with caps off 20180218_135928.jpg 20180218_140112.jpg
     
  17. alchemy
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    Yep a converted Lincoln. Probably done by an amateur following an article in Hot Rod magazine. Looks like a good job though. The pros usually put their tag on the outside of the aluminum body.
     
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  18. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    thanks
     
  19. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    I think the same way I know the pistons are aftermarket but need to see the rest . thanks
     
  20. dirty old man
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    With that conversion, you have a dual coil ignition that was far superior to any other flathead stuff available in it's day. Not sure how it would compare with all the high zoot electronic stuff today though. But for a truly traditional, period correct build, you have a winner.
     
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  21. GMC BUBBA
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    Lincoln V12 converted to a V8, allows for one set of p[oints to run four cylinders , added rpm to the flathead that needed more spark at higher rpm. Always interesting to see another home made one etc.....,
     
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  22. Larry Clare
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    thanks
    thanks for the info interesting to think about the effort and know how behind it .
     
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  23. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    thanks
     
  24. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    thanks I will keep you in mind .
     
  25. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    this picture may hold some answer to your question as to what is inside the engine. I am guessing the the #2 is the piston # the 125 not sure could it mean the engine has been balanced . any info helps . 20180219_145847.jpg
     
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  26. Larry Clare
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    I was doing a little clean and soak now I am wondering if I shouldn't disassemble ? 20180219_145847.jpg
     
  27. studebakerjoe
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    Larry, the 125 could be a 0.125" overbore piston which isn't that uncommon.
     
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  28. Larry Clare
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    Thanks I am new to flatheads and need all the help I can get .
     
  29. drtrcrV-8
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    You might as well finish the teardown to clean all the components. I'd guess that you have a .125(1/8") overbore(common back in the day), so check for a Mercury crankshaft(4" stroke): if you do, this is a 276" 'flattie', one of the best combinations available. Check the camshaft as to what brand(grind?) & what kind of lifters(keep them in order as to what lobe they came from :VERY IMPORTANT!!!). After you tear it apart & clean the block, carefully check for cracks(magnaflux, or at least Dye-Chek) to make sure it's a good block. You MAY have a serious "sleeper" from the day, so a careful rebuild(depending on the condition of the cylinders & crankshaft journals)& a modern 'valve-job' with new rings & bearings(if needed) & some advice from the HAMB could both save some money & give you a good motor. Suggest putting the small parts in individual zip-lock sandwich bags(labeled with where the part came from) so you can return the parts to where they came from if they are useable. Hope this helps. I'm a little late with the +1/8" overbore note.
     
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  30. Larry Clare
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    Larry Clare

    Thanks I am very interested in who would have put this set up in a 4 door , but I like it ! . I will definitely be tearing it down now I need the answers to do it right .
     

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