hi! i would like information on flat heads. i made a mistake and started a thread in the Y block motor forum. its to better understand what the letters and numbers mean. i know what the cubic inches mean,like 239. why are there 59b models . i don,t know all the different models by heart,but i hope you get the ideal. i will post a picture of my motor.
An easy way to identify the later model flathead V-8 which you don't have, is by the water outlets at the front of the head and the distributor on the right side at an angle with the distributor cap where it can be serviced easily. Also the oil add tube comes out of the intake manifold near the front and towards the drivers side at an angle. They were used in 1948 to 1953 Ford trucks and in the 1949 to 1953 Ford cars in the USA. They had 239 cu inches and had 24 bolts per head.
The next older ones had 24 studs per head with nuts holding the heads on. My facts are fuzzy here. I think these are the 59b models installed in 46 and 47 and in the cars from 1946 to 1948. These have distributors that run directly off the front end of the camshaft and look sort of flat compared to the 1941 and previous v8s. I think this is what you have.
The 1941s I think had 221 cu inches with fewer head studs and a distributor that resembles an old round diving helmet that also runs off the front of the camshaft. I'll stop here as the farther back I go the less I know. The first few years of the V8s had water pumps up at the heads. Ford found out that they belong at the bottom and changed that. You don't have one of those engines. Hope that helps some. Patrick
Art, I'm not sure about a good flathead book. All I've really got is the truck manual which covers 48 to 51 with a 1952 supplement I think. Also some experience with a 41 Ford coupe starting in 1958 and later with a 53 Ford.
Your best bet is to start a new thread, then you will get a lot of feedback.
Just found a number to call which I will come Monday. 800-513-8133 Hot Rod Library. Complete flathead Ford engine manual. We will see. I just bought a box full of complete 94's and some rebuild kits have not had time to go through all of them but the carbs are complete.
Well so much for the phone # on the flathead motor. Not anything about motors. I think that this was a ted smith book. If that is the right name it looks like he is trying to sell the business I don't how old my info is.