Are flathead v8 flywheels hard to come by? I have looked around and havn't seen any available. I have seen plenty of ring gears though. I have a flywheel that I think was machined and therefore sits far forward which requires the clutch to travel more. Any ideas, suggetions would be appreciated.
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1941 Ford Firetruck Restoration
I've had good success calling the order lines at the major vintage parts suppliers for items not listed in their catalogs. Tell them you have some technical questions and they get you to someone who might help. Sometimes I think the phone works better for finding the "link" to the guy that has what you want. They have the old catalogs and can tell you about the application for the part you need. If you are looking for a part that was only produced a few years it might take luck and time. If the application goes to the post WWII era somebody on the 48-60 forum can for sure help.
You might be able to have the old one refaced. Don't know if its common to do that but I would call some machine shops and see what can be done.
Sounds to me like a good project you have. I'll be looking on the older truck board for some updates, but mostly I'll be hoping to find some pictures.
Dave, if you still are looking for a flywheel, check out this auction on eBay...it's for a 1940 flywheel, might be the same for a '41 big truck...i'm not totally sure on parts interchangability on flywheels.