CarTech Book How To Rebuild And Modify Ford Flathead Engines



  • Flathead Engine Guide
  • 144 Pages
  • 577 Color Photos
  • Written By Mike Herman
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CarTech How to Rebuild and Modify Ford Flathead Engines Book.

When you're tackling a job as big as an engine rebuild, you're going to want to be knowledgable with the process. Knowing what could go wrong, and ways to prevent that from happening are a key to success, so be 100% prepared and get her done right the first time with the help of this legit flathead engine book (SA379). Although not the first V-8 engine ever produced, Henry Ford's side-valve V-8, launched in 1932, certainly qualified as the first mass-produced V-8 sold to the public. Because of Henry Ford's stubbornness, the first versions were less than ideal. The technology was in its infancy and cost-cutting measures limited the output and reliability of the early models. Over time, however, the "Flattie" became the go-to powerplant for a whole generation of new hobbyists who were called "hot rodders." The engine maintained its position in the hobby well into the 1950s, even when more modern overhead-valve designs started coming out of Detroit. It's difficult to overstate the impact that this simple little engine had on a whole generation of enthusiasts. Even today, people choose a flathead for period-correct builds over far more powerful options. The style and sound of a modified flathead is an iconic part of American history.

In Ford Flathead Engines: How to Rebuild & Modify (SA379), veteran author Tony Thacker and flathead guru of H&H Flatheads, Mike Herman, take you step-by-step through rebuilding a vintage flathead. One of the most vital steps is to actually find a good, usable core; many have been sitting for a very long time and the engine design is prone to cracking. Running changes are also an important consideration when selecting a core, and include cooling system, ignition, and transmission mount. After you have selected a core, Thacker and Herman take you through the entire process of a rebuild, including teardown, parts inspection, machine shop processes, replacement part selection, re-assembly, start up, and break-in.

Also covered is a unique performance build completed at the H&H shop for legendary race car team manager and all-around enthusiast Ray Evernham. It all adds up to more than an impressive 500 color photos and insider tips on building what could be called the most iconic engine ever built, the Ford flathead V-8.

SA379 Features:
- Cartech how-to book
- 144 pages
- 8.5 x 11 paperback book
- 577 color photos
- Detailed text and photos deliver the step-by-step rebuild procedures
- Written by Mike Herman

Chapter 1: A Brief History of the Ford Flathead V-8
Growing Pains
Surviving the Great Depression
Building Up to the End

Chapter 2: Engine ID, Equipment and Tools
What Is the Goal?
Selecting a Candidate
Identification Research
Special Tools
Basic Tools

Chapter 3: Disassembly
Fuel Pump, Starter and Accessories
Intake Manifold, Water Pump and Timing Cover
Cylinder Heads
Oil Filter, Pan and Pump
Bearing Caps
Rods and Pistons
Valve Assembly
Bellhousing and Clutch Assembly

Chapter 4: Cleaning
Block Cleaning
Hot Tanking
Rust Removal
Cylinder Head Cleaning
Crankshaft Cleaning
Sludge Trap Plugs Removal

Chapter 5: Inspection
Crack Detection
Pressure Testing
Head Inspection
Crank Inspection
Rod Inspection
Sonic Testing

Chapter 6: Machine Shop
Blueprinting and Balancing
Balancing and Honing the Rods
Balancing the Pistons
Balancing the Crank
Crack Repair
Cylinder Boring
Align Boring
Power Slot Relieving
Pressure Sealing
Valveseat Installation
Valveseat Grinding
Cylinder Heads

Chapter 7: Selecting Parts
Source List

Chapter 8: Final Assembly
Oil Gallery Plug
Oil Pump Gear
Fuel Pump Pushrod Bushing
Oil Deflectors
Crankcase Breather Tube
Rear Oil Slinger
Camshaft Gears
Oil Pump
Water Pump
Oil Pan
Head and Head Gasket

Chapter 9: Start-Up
Run-In Procedure
Fire-Up in the Car

Chapter 10: Building a Performance Flathead
Rotating Assembly
Porting the Block
Porting the Intake Manifold
Block Honing
Oil Pan

Cylinder Numbers and Firing Orders
Torque Sequence
Serial Numbers

- 1948-1979 F100

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Vehicle Fitment

This product will fit the following F-100 years:

  • 1948,
  • 1949,
  • 1950,
  • 1951,
  • 1952,
  • 1953,
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