Really bashed vehicles.

Discussion in 'Scratchin' & Bashin'' started by Dave Harris, Oct 4, 2008.

  1. Dave Harris

    Dave Harris Member

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    Yes it was indeed the last year Ford made them. Believe it or not the Ford flathead continued in production for MANY years -- in FRANCE. They used them as tank engines till probably the late 70's. In fact among the hot rod fraternity there was recently a LOT of excitement about a large amount of NEW bare blocks being released by a surplus outfit. All the standard Ford parts fit them & they were being grabbed up as fast as they could be shipped.
    http://www.jalopyjournal.com/ Do a search for French flathead if you would like to read about them.

    I don't remember exactly what the CID of the 53 was , but I ran many
    "3/8's X 3/8's" flat heads ( 296 CID) over the years. Had a few set up with ARDUN heads too ( Wish I had a set now!!)The biggest flathead I ever heard about was one built by some guy in Oregon--- He got one up to 354 CID!!! Mostly with a billet stroker crank -- I remember seeing pics of it -- the pan rails were ground out to about 1/8 inch wide to clear the crank!
  2. MadModeler

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    WOW!

    These make my stuff look pathetic! Very well done.
  3. puddlejumper

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    I was incorrect. The flathead was the same I think for it's entire production, what I was thinking about was the Mercury Flatty which had a 4" crank and hence more CID than the Ford, which I thought was only in 1953 but again, I was wrong and it seems it was bigger than the Ford for it's entire production.

    It has been a while since I studied the flathead, I used to want on in a 1952 Ford truck, but a dream that was never realized...

    Dave

    BTW these cars look GREAT!!!:thumb::thumb: