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The Aluminum Flathead

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ryan, Jul 4, 2007.

  1. Ryan
    Joined: Jan 2, 1995
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    from Austin, TX
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  2. ratstar
    Joined: Feb 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,313


    Now thats cool stuff. Having an original and running it would be even more bad ass.
  3. Broman
    Joined: Jan 31, 2002
    Posts: 1,482

    from The Island

    I'd love to see something like that pop up. I can't imagine how all 10 would ever be recovered and I suppose that at least a few were trashed in the testing process, so that makes these some of the coolest and rarest things around.

    Wouldn't that just be the bee's knees to have one resurface because of the HAMB though.

    Wishful thinking no doubt, but crazier things have happened....

    This reminds me of the Pontiac "Hemi".
  4. Casey
    Joined: Nov 8, 2005
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    Member Emeritus

    Ive always wondered what happened to them .
    kinda holly grail like , I remember reading that hot rod when I was a kid.
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  5. CApt. Chrysler
    Joined: Sep 10, 2006
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    CApt. Chrysler
    from Nebraska

    BILL Smith (Speedway Motors Lincoln NE) if anybody would have / know where one was, it would be him. In his museum they have an air cooled flathead (no water jackets). This was a pet project of Mr. Ford.
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    One is complete and here in Denver.
  7. Didn't TRJ run an article about these years ago? ( I sold all my TRJs to make a house payment so I can't check...)
  8. xderelict
    Joined: Jul 30, 2006
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    I didn't see an aluminum block here but still some killer flat heads.The speedway complex is big like a walmart warehouse,if anyone has one I'd think it would be Speedy Bill.
  9. 1950ChevySuburban
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
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    Member Emeritus
    from Tucson AZ

    Speedy Bill has one, it was mentioned in an R&C a while back........
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    I saw one here,forget the guys name.Old collector in denver.
    It was in a shitty old building,offered him $10K for the engine.
    And he never gave us an answer.
    I'm sure it's still sitting there.
  11. turdytoo
    Joined: May 14, 2007
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    If Brookville repops them will they be real?
  12. VonXulu
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 371

    from Ventura Ca

    I need some pulleys just like those, bad. Real bad.
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    The water pumps are the bearing style truck dual sheeve.
  14. 19Fordy
    Joined: May 17, 2003
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    I have that same mag. in front of me right now. The one in the article at the time was owned by Raymond W. Schlachter of Lexington,KY. The Oct. 1952 article also says, " The guess of the Ford Motor Company is that Schlachter is the possessor of the only Ford V-8 aluminum block now in existence."
  15. Yes,issue #18.Probably the best place to look would be airplane museums,if they have a Ford Trimotor,since that is what they were actually built for.;)
  16. Flathead Youngin'
    Joined: Jan 10, 2005
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    Flathead Youngin'

    didn't someone post a pic of one a few months was sitting on the bed of a truck....

    might have been a new one, though
  17. Mercmad
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 1,387

    from Brisvegas

    What a bout the Simca Vedette( Ford) V8 .weren't they alloy block too?.I know they were seriously popular down here in 3/4 midget dirt racers.
  18. 296 V8
    Joined: Sep 17, 2003
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    296 V8
    from Nor~Cal

    I recall it said a guy in socal has the one from the HOT ROD cover and plans to run it in a deuce p/u.
    GRANCOR got them from ford and was selling em back in th. ....

    Here's the new one (OHV only)
  19. randydupree
    Joined: May 19, 2005
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    from archer fl

    theres one in virginia,i know the guy that has it.
  20. 36couper
    Joined: Nov 20, 2002
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    from ontario

    A little O/T but I just bought the Tony Thatcher book '75th Anniversary of the Deuce". He goes into tremendous detail about the '32 and specifically about the flatheads. I highly recommend it for you flathead fans.
  21. Bass
    Joined: Jul 9, 2001
    Posts: 3,341

    from Dallas, TX

    Well, if you're lucky enough to find that elusive aluminum flathead block, then you're gonna need an aluminum oil pan to go on it. And I just so happen to know where one is....

    *cough* (Ebay) *cough*

  22. leon renaud
    Joined: Nov 12, 2005
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    leon renaud
    from N.E. Ct.

    One of the "Complete Book of Ford "published by Peterson Publishing in the early 70s featured a complete original all Aluminum Flathead Ford V8 engine including the original factory packing crate.this was a ready to run engine and they said that although the engine could be started the owner refused to run it because he didn't want to risk lowering it's value as at the time it was the only one known to exist.Supposedly 10 engines were built as test motors for use in Ford manufactured aircraft
  23. WereWoof
    Joined: Aug 7, 2007
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    from denver

    There is indeed still one of the aluminum blocks in denver owned by the same person mentioned above... pretty cool.
  24. Bluto
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
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    Member Emeritus

    My Blown Ardun has a new aluminum blocK. Don's been making them for a couple years. In fact I don't think there's anything old in the motor since I switched to one of his blowers
    Also got a crank with Chevy flange and snout

    Simca motors are iron they just come with aluminum heads and a two piece pan..... upper part's aluminum Stock
  25. Broman
    Joined: Jan 31, 2002
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    from The Island

    Maybe I'm being a bonehead - but Don who?

    Sorry if everyone else in in the know...
  26. Bluto
    Joined: Feb 15, 2005
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    Member Emeritus

    Your not a bonehead:) ......that Don

    Sorry for not being clearer
  27. hershambob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2005
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    36couper,its tony thacker,,,thatcher was that other great englishman,,,,margret!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  28. flashbackjack
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
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    from N.E.Texas

    Well it has been some time since I have seen one of these....back in the '60s..... It was in a Simca. It was the aluminum version of the Ford V8 60 and not the full size Ford engine. At the time I was running a 3/8 X 3/8 '51 Flathead in my '35 Ford PU and wasn't much interested in the little engine. .... I was having to much fun dusting the new corvettes on Bayshore Freeway.

  29. moefuzz
    Joined: Jul 16, 2005
    Posts: 4,951


    I remember that pic as well, it may have been a video because I seem to remember that he started it up in the back of the truck on the engine stand.


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