Flatheads Forever!

32 Ford with flathead V8

With all the hyper-steroidal crate motors available today, one might wonder why anyone would want a flathead anymore. Well, they may not be as fast, or have as many refinements as today's crate motors, but there are a couple of things they have going for them that only they can provide. The first, of course, is the look. Nothing says "Traditional Hot Rod" like a flathead with a set of polished Offie heads. And more importantly, nothing sings that "old school" fight song like the eight cylinder rap of a "flatty" being fed by a couple of Stromberg 97's. That's a sound you just can get anywhere else, and one you'll never forget once you've heard it.

32 Ford with flathead V8, no hood.

This 59A flathead V8 came form the fine folks at H&H Flatheads in La Crescenta, CA. They specialize in rebuilding all kinds of old Ford and Mercury motors. This one has polished Offenhauser heads, Thickston intake manifold, and Sanderson headers. The Stomberg 97's are controlled by Lokar throttle cable and fed by an A-Tech electric fuel pump. A new Walker radiator and Vintique overflow tank help keep the cruisin temperature "cool".

32 Ford with flathead V8, left side

Steering is done with 30-inch tilt coulumn and steel and cast steel Vega box connected with the help of a few u-joints and support bearings--all from Flaming River.

Sanderson header, right Sanderson header, left

The custom exhaust work was done here at Hot Rods.

32 Ford with flathead V8, top

Lots of people talk about "Old School" few know what it really is. Roadsters like this define the term.

32 Ford with flathead V8, low angle, left side

32 Ford with flathead V8, undercar.

Transmitting all that flathead horsepower to the wheels is a '91 Chevy S-10, 5-speed transmission. A transmission kit and clutch from Cornhusker Rod & Custom made them fit.

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