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H SERIES flathead six WATER PUMP, THERMOSTAT HOUSING

 
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H SERIES flathead six WATER PUMP, THERMOSTAT HOUSING

I have a straight 6 flathead engine.
the H series, late '48 to the end of the line.
I am in need of a water pump and thermostat housing.
I don't want to restore, I want to get it going.
Anybody have these parts for sale?
(Any tips about these engines would be appreciated)
thanks!
 
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Welcome to FTE. You have come to the right place for help and support for your Ford F1 project. Regarding the parts you are looking for, there may be someone along soon with some suggestions for you on where to look. Another thing you might do, is post your request in the parts wanted and for sale thread. You'll find this thread toward the top of the first page that this forum opens to.

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Hello Ricardo,
Welcome to FTE!

As you may already understand, for all the great things about the H Series 6 engines, the water pumps and t-housings are the biggest challenges. There are a couple of good alternatives on the water pump (all require you to have a rebuildable core): C&G Ford (https://cgfordparts.com/index.php , Skip Haney (find him at the Ford Barn - or just google his name), or Rockauto.com.

For the housing, that you'll just have to find. So asking here is a good start. Be certain to look at the listings shown through the thread link on the first page.

Oh, and we want to see pics, of course.

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as usual, I picked the unusual!
I just have the engine, it is beautiful...
I love flathead engines...
my mission is to try and get the engine running
then build a vehicle around it
Owned a '99 F150, currently own an '08 (nice, but not flat)

 
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Hi Ricardo, welcome. Sweet looking engine. I also painted mine blue.
The coolant pumps and t'stat housings are also the same as used on the M series 254 engines. Just as rare though. To my knowledge there are no aftermarket housings.
 
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Old 05-19-2017, 01:58 PM
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well, part of the fun is in the hunt.
I can't post in parts wanted because I'm new.
I need the water pump, a flywheel, starter and drive, thermostat housing.
A few other odds and ends and I can start it.
I was told it was running [has anyone ever heard that before?]
 
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I just bought a rebuilt water pump for my 226 h series at spring Carlisle. It looks good but havent tried it yet, keeping it as a spare right now

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Try him, ask him about the therm housing
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The 226 engine is fine to me, it's what I started with. Runs strong and easy to work on. Parts are tough though as you are finding out.
 
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Regarding your starter and drive--Most of the time a starter can be rebuilt rather than replaced. I just had mine done. The guy that rebuilt the starter had a replacement drive for it. The drive was available from a local auto parts store.

I recently replaced my water pump also. That too was available from the local auto parts store. My engine is a 215 cid I6, however, the over head valve version of your engine. I remember the pump was expensive, but at least I didn't have to go all over the country looking for one.

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I have had more people answer me in a few hours as I've had since I bought the engine!
I had a 1937 UL Harley when I was in my 20's [63 now] I recall the swaps and the info [good and bad], so I have a little experience with chasing parts.
Made an inquiry at Cowboy John's, thanks.
Keep it coming, I LOVE FLATHEADS...my real name is John, Ricardo Chambers refers to the Ricardo who did flattie combustion chamber research in the 20's
 
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Welcome to the forum. Yes, those flathead sixes are good engines. I believe a craftsman could build a workable thermostat housing with not much effort.
 
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Welcome to the forum. Yes, those flathead sixes are good engines. I believe a craftsman could build a workable thermostat housing with not much effort.
If someone has one they can lend to a foundry, I bet it wouldn't be hard to repro them, especially in aluminum. Or have one modeled in 3D, and program a CNC to knock them out.
 
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Hello Ricardo, i think you sent me a message on youtube about the 226H that i picked up as part of a parts grab last year. I sold that one, it was a good one with good manifolds and all. I might have a thermostat housing with a missing stud "ear" or cracked. Can't remember but i'll dig it up and get you a pic. I had an nos housing from many years ago that i put on mine but i think this one would seal enough to get your engine running.
 
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Found it! I just cleaned it up a bit. Someone welded the ear on (not me) but they did an ok job considering the part is cast. It's yours for free and i'm sure it will seal with a new gasket, looks nice and flat on the sealing side. Can't beat the price and i'm not going to use it. Only condition is that we get to see that 226 running! Here are some pics...PM me your adress if you want it and i'll get it in the mail. So many have helped me on here i'm glad i can return the favor.








 
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Forgot to mention, NAPA took my original water pump and had it rebuilt at a reasonable price. I like the old NAPA's, they are a very good source of parts if you happen to have one local with people that really know auto parts. The one i use, Adams County NAPA in Gettysburg and Hanover PA NEVER lets me down. They don't know how to say "NO".
 

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