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Thanks for all the information

I would love to put the original flathead in it because I am an original type of guy who likes to put twists in it but the fact of the matter is that finding a flathead is not like trying to find a 350 or a 351. The man that I bought the car from retained the flathead to put in another car. So i guess my next question would be where would I would find a flathead to put in it that I could afford? How hard is it to find parts should the flathead have problems? I know that I can find parts for a 351 or a 350 on any street corner.

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Please Help me! I have a 1951 mercury and I am trying to decide weather to go with a 350 tpi or with a 351. I know that I would have to put some mounts in for the 350 but What i would like to know which one would be better for the rod. Thanks for your help. Robert
-FORD FLATHEAD INFORMATION-

Look at the LINCOLN 337CI FLATHEAD. Couple this with a four-speed HYDRAMATIC of the period and you will have something different. Engine and support parts can be found in HEMMINGS.

If you need a double hump 351W oil pan, they can be sourced from mid-eighties POLICE CROWNS or FORD RACING PARTS offers a kit.

Even a FORD/MERC or LINCOLN Y-BLOCK of the fifties would be a good consideration.



Am Looking For Factory/Aftermarket Speed Parts For The MEL (Merc-Edsel-Linc-TBird) Engine Family (383-410-430-462) Produced From 1958 To 1968

Also Early FORD Special Service Tools


-MEL ENGINE FORUM-
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Lincoln 337's

Good reminder KULTULZ. This engine was also put in the Mercury's, up through 53. I dont know what year they started putting them in the Mercs though, but that is another source for them.
They werent a high reving engine but put out bucketloads of torque, which means you can run a taller rear gear with them, and get pretty good performance. One of the best things you can do with a 337, is to have the flywheel shaved, as if I remember correctly, the stock unit weighed about 80 lbs, and they can be lightened down to around 30-35 lbs., safely.
Wasnt aware that they had used a double hump pan on the 351's in the Crown Vics, thats a handy piece of info to add to my library.
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This engine was also put in the Mercury's, up through 53.
The 337 was LINC-Medium Truck dedicated. The MERC came though with the 255CI and FORD the 239CI Flathead (both different series).

I was just thinking the 337 dressed-up with the 4/S Hydro would make a nice crowd pleaser.

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Wasnt aware that they had used a double hump pan on the 351's in the Crown Vics, thats a handy piece of info to add to my library.
-351W Changeover Oil Pan Kit-

It (pan) is available as a FRP Kit, new service parts or take-off (if you can find one).
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Go with a ford 351 or 460. A ford should have a ford a chev a chev.
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If you decide on a 5.0L or 351W, -here's your mounting kit-
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337 Flat motor

I could be mistaken on the 337, however, an Uncle of mine once had a 53 Merc, and it had a 337 in it and he swore it was the engine that came in the car, which led me to conclude it was produced in Mercs as well. I know that thing ran like a scalded ape, though, and he was somewhat of a Hotrodder, himself.
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I could be mistaken on the 337, however, an Uncle of mine once had a 53 Merc, and it had a 337 in it and he swore it was the engine that came in the car, which led me to conclude it was produced in Mercs as well. I know that thing ran like a scalded ape, though, and he was somewhat of a Hotrodder, himself.
It had to be a transplant Max as LINC went to OHV (317) in 1952. The 337 TRUCK ENGINE was even replaced.
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337 Flattie

Thanks. He may have meant it was a stock Lincoln engine or what ever rather than that the car came stock with it. I know he bought the car in about 1960.
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Ok I have solved the problem and I thank you all for your input and information. I bought a flathead 337 to put in it and that is what I am going to use. I think that the nastalgic value of the car will be worth more with that as will the resale. i think that it was the best choice and as luck would have it it was the cheapest as well. Again I appreciate your input and help with this matter. Robert
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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!! Just dont forget to shave that flywheel. Makes a world of difference.
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Ok I have solved the problem and I thank you all for your input and information. I bought a flathead 337 to put in it and that is what I am going to use. I think that the nastalgic value of the car will be worth more with that as will the resale. i think that it was the best choice and as luck would have it it was the cheapest as well. Again I appreciate your input and help with this matter. Robert


That didn't take long to find. Keep us posted (as I am very interested) and if you need anything just holler...
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Ok I have solved the problem and I thank you all for your input and information. I bought a flathead 337 to put in it and that is what I am going to use. I think that the nastalgic value of the car will be worth more with that as will the resale. i think that it was the best choice and as luck would have it it was the cheapest as well. Again I appreciate your input and help with this matter. Robert
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Good choice, though I know nothing about them. Should be different and most of all it's what YOU want. Very Cool

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Way cool pick!Plus I learned something here as regards said 337 Lincoln.
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