Engine Rebuilders: Ford Flathead V8
Ford Flathead V8, sometimes called ‘fatty’ from hot-rod days. It was the first 8-cylinder, the first V8. Also, the first V engine to become available. Introduced in 1932, it ran in production until 1953 in Ford cars and trucks.
This design had the camshaft above the crankshaft.
Unfortunately, I didn’t take any photos during the rebuild process. I was lucky to be around with a camera when they were assembling the engine.
When I first posted these, I cropped the size to fit a narrow page, this was before I knew what I was doing on the internet. Not sure if I know more know. 🙂 Hopefully. The images do not get any bigger even if you click on them.
Engine Rebuilding services for your Flathead.
Give us a call for an estimate 818 767-6603.
Use the CONTACT form to email for a rebuild estimate or parts.
Block Work- Bore and Hone, Crack repair, Decking/ Resurfacing, New sleeve installs.
Cylinder head repairs and/or Valve Job.
Crank and Cam grinding.
Engine kits and parts for Vintage Engines available.
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I have a 1936 ford pickup with a 1940’s flat head V8 the engine was gone through five years ago but I had some issues and stop the restauration of the pickup truck. I’ll be removing the engine so they can paint the cage but I would like to take it to you guys ones the truck is painted so you can give me some advice on what to do to my engine. What’s your availability?
Lincoln L series Had a V8 in the early 20’s. I believe a few cars had V8’s before Fords flathead V8
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Thanks for your comment.
I’m looking at a few early 50s F1 trucks. I’ve found one without an engine and I’ve found an engine/trans from another guy. What is your pricing on rebuilds of the engine? Do you also rebuild the trans?
Thanks for contacting for a quote. Those are really cool trucks!
Tell me the exact engine size you are looking at…226, 239, etc. and I will email you a quote.
We do not rebuild transmissions.
I’m not sure of the size. The one I’m most interested in is supposed to have come from a ’51 F1 so I’m thinking it should be a 239.
I’ll get you a price on a Ford 239 and get back to you once I check out the engine rebuild kit.
At the time of the Korean war I had a job rebuilding flathead v8 for the NZ army. I could bore 11blocks a day using van norman single boring bars. These blocks were shipped to Korea
The ship hit a mine in Torres Strait and the ship went down