Flathead Engines

Early Ford V8 Swap Meet--Fitchburg, MA, April 19, 1998

Driver side Fenton headers on a Model A-V8 Passenger side Fenton headers on a Model A-V8

I took pictures of these to get an idea of what sort of clearance is needed for Fenton headers. I stupidly didn't get a "whole car" picture so I don't know what sort of frame it might have. I have read that the later 59A blocks (originally 1946-48) provided more clearance, even on older frames.

Close-up of distributor and coil on 8RT block

I took this picture of an 8RT block (1949-53) mainly to get an idea of where to mount a modern type ignition coil. On the older engines, the coil was mounted on top of the distributor. My engine has an adapter plate and the coil is held on to one of the fender bolts on the driver's side.

Baron heads with supercharger

I should have taken a higher resolution picture of this beauty with Barron supercharger and heads. Luckily I got a second chance when the same car was at a Mustang and Ford show in the fall. It's a 1932 5 window coupe.

Baron heads and supercharger from driver's side Baron heads and supercharger from passenger side 1932 5 window coupe with supercharged flathead


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Last modified Saturday, April 20, 2002
All pictures taken by the author (well, the better ones were probably taken by my wife...)
Tom Teixeira