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1940's flat head 6 & V8 engines

Hello I went to a yard sale today, and there is a 1942 Ford flat head 6 for $1000, included are the radiator, tranny and rear end. 1- pre 1941 flat head V8 and 1- post 1941 flat head V8 $400 each. What are these worth? Thanks

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Hello I went to a yard sale today, and there is a 1942 Ford flat head 6 for $1000, included are the radiator, tranny and rear end. 1- pre 1941 flat head V8 and 1- post 1941 flat head V8 $400 each. What are these worth? Thanks
All depends on what the buyer is looking for as to the value of anything on the planet. I wouldn't pay $1000 for a truckload of 6-bangers/transmissions/diffs, but someone who is looking for that stuff to complete a project might cheerfully pay it. The V8's are easily worth 400 bucks to most anybody who has an interest in hot rodding. Even if the blocks are cracked at the valve seats like most of them you'll find nowadays, you could part out the rest of it and make money. If, after taking the heads off, you find that the block is valid, 400 bucks would be a very cheap entry price.
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Hello I went to a yard sale today, and there is a 1942 Ford flat head 6 for $1000, included are the radiator, tranny and rear end. 1- pre 1941 flat head V8 and 1- post 1941 flat head V8 $400 each. What are these worth? Thanks
Just saying "pre 1941" and "post 1941" really doesn't say much. There were variations in how many studs secured the heads- 21 (1932-'38) or 24 ('38-up), bearing type (poured babbitt until mid-'36), integral bellhouse (until '48) or not ('49-'53), and many more. There were flathead Ford V8 engines made outside the US for many years. These engines have yet more variations to them.

Unless you want to do a restoration of a particular year vehicle, the "8BA" '49-'53 engines are the best supported, I believe.

MORE- http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/flathead_home.htm
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