Pictures of a French flathead engineFrench flathead engine. These were made for the French military up through the 1980's. The engine has late 8AB style heads but the bell housing is similar to the 59AB.
The distributor is the later 8AB style. The water pump pulleys have different diameters. The crank pulley drives several belts.
Detail showing the lefthand (driver's side) water pump. I assume the bracket is for a generator.
Left hand exhaust manifold showing the cast bell housing and the starter motor.
Rear of the engine. In addition to the oil filter, these engines have a mechanical governor and a revolution counter. Remember, they were built for the military, not for racing.
Exhaust manifold on the left side. Makes you wonder what sort of vehicle it was in. On American made cars (left hand drive), the steering box causes problems for exhaust headers on this side.
Top of the engine showing the carburetor, fuel pump, and governor at the back of the block.
All pictures taken by the author (well, the better ones were probably taken by my wife...)