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I'm working on a '50 F100 and I need some info on the motor. I don't have any good web sites for flatheads. The motor has 59A-B cast on the heads. Anybody know what this is?? I need to overhaul the carbs, one is a Ford Model 59, the other is a Chandler Groves(!?!?). I can't find any sourse for kits for these. They sit on a high-rise (about 10" !!) manifold that has a name cast into the side that looks like THICKSLUG, but I'm sure that isn't right. The name is about the size of a dollar, and in this case, is VERY worn out.
I don't think that this is the original motor, and any help I can find to get me started would be greatly appreciated.
You can go to www.classicar.com and there is 2 very good chat and forum areas to get info on flatheads. it sounds like you have a earlier engine, say early 40's. It has the crab style distributor? The truck should have the 8RT series engine with the side mount distributor. I am also restoring 1950 F-1 pickup.If you need any info, e-mail me at CLUSSY38(No Email Addresses In Posts!) and I will help you if I can.
You are right, it does have the crab type dist. on the front of the motor. According to Flathead Jack, it is a 48 Mercury motor. As I get into this I will send you an e-mail to ask questions. Thanks again
The merc crank is the prefered for hot rodding the flathead. Take it and put it into a Ford block, do the appropaite rod change adjustment and you have a "stroked" ford. The merc crank is of better quality "forged" I believe; the Ford is "cast" If your going to rebuild it think about that. I also have a Merc eng (later year) and I wish I had spent the rebuild doing that.
> According to Flathead Jack,
>it is a 48 Mercury
Stephen W. Hansen
92 F-250 XLT (120,000 and going strong)
50 F-1 (some assembly required)
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