I have a 337 flathead, ( a 51 I think due the large bi-pass hoses) that was a industrial motor used in the Orange Groves in LA. I was told it was hooked up to large fans for the trees when the freeze would threaten the crops.
I got it running,
And I want to put it in the 47 Ford Pickup you see in the background. Being it was a industrial motor, it did not use a heater. So I was wondering if someone who has the similar engine can show with a pic or let me know where the "normal" heater hookups would be on a engine like this?
Thanks again for the picture. I think I can take the input to the heater off the head.
On the videos, I don't have the radiator hooked up as the engine was full of rust in side. I pulled the thermostats, flushed as much as I can out, and will run it this way for a bit longer to try dislodge the crud.
I also pulled the pan, scrapped all I could of the sludge out, new oil and filter, and will keep changing for awhile.
But she is a beast, and a runner I hope.
I watched both videos! That is first class truck ****! Congrats on getting the engine running and saving it. That is going to be very cool in your 47. You certainly don't see as many of those trucks around. Keep us posted on your progress.
Nice sounding engine. If you're concerned about the crud inside the cooling system fill it full of regular vinegar and run it like that for a while. Vinegar is a mild acid and will dissolve a lot of crud, I did this with the flattie in my panel truck and when I flushed it nothing but black water came out.
I'd be a little concerned about that engine being a little too heavy for the stock suspension in that little half ton truck. That's a pretty heavy engine. They are also geared for power not speed and there isn't any speed equipment made for them. They are big and cool to see inside, you don't see those big flatties too often.
Thanks again for the replies. And that's great info on how to clean the water jackets, will get on that very soon.
I do realize the engine is rare, and maybe not much speed equipment for it, or parts in general. But they are out there, just have to look a bit harder. I did some research before I took the day trip down to see it and bring it back. I have already secured NOS Lincoln water pumps for it, one of mine had a corroded end on it, and I think I may swap them out to eliminate the large bi-pass water lines on the truck pumps. But then again, they were made for a purpose, and if it saves overheat I may stick with the Ford pumps.
The engine is 850 lbs., about 6 inches longer than ab that was in it. So I know some changes are due. But I want to keep the straight axel, so I may just have the front leaf springs re arched.
Thanks for asking about the Plymouth too, that's my pride and joy. I know, a four door, but it sits nice, runs like a top with the original, although reworked block, and it is almost a daily driver.
Here is the engine about 3 years ago, it has since been painted a blue close to the car color.
Click on the top two pics
The drags at Firebaugh, Eagle Field, nostalgia drags.
And here are some pics of the car.
Will definitely post pics of progress of the truck.
I do know the Lincoln had hydraulic lifters and the Ford solid. The bi-pass tubes you see on my were supposedly from late 50 to 51 water pumps and Ford head.
The NOS Lincoln pumps I got are a direct bolt match. The blocks are identical.