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Old 12-07-2006, 10:14 AM
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Droppin' a flattie in the Ford 29 truck?

Hi, Guys!
I'm not sure if this belongs in this particular forum, but since it's engine related, here goes...
I've got a 29 Ford (AA) truck and I've got a flattie I'd like to put in it and I've got a couple of questions. First, how and exactly WHERE do you mount the set of engine mounts (unknown style at this time) to locate the engine between the frame rails to do this? Second, I've looked in the Speedway catalog and noticed different styles of water pumps that could mount the flattie either higher or lower a bit between the frame rails. Since I'm rebuilding it, I've noticed I have the 1949-53 style water pumps- meaning that the engine mounting bosses on the pump casting are kinda low which would raise the engine higher, say, against the firewall, which would be bad since I'm going to be channeling the body. Speedway sells the earlier style with the bosses a bit "higher" on the casting which could mount the engine a bit lower between the frame rails. I'll also be using a 4" lowered axle and Z'ing the frame front and rear. Does anyone have any info on these subjects, or have idea on how much clearance my oilpan will have depending on which water pump I use once I do the frame mods? Ummm, for a third question, does any of this make any sense? Thanks!
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Old 12-07-2006, 11:35 AM
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Lots of good info in "How to build a traditional hot rod" by Bishop/Tardel. The book is avaliable from Speedway. He does not adress the late style flathead mounting as he used a model 59 A.
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Old 12-07-2006, 03:47 PM
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I just set a flattie in a Model A, it's not been picked up. I can measure the distance back from the radiator bolts centerline. That's what you want to make sure it clears. I used the dimension of a stock Deuce mount and set the frame mounts there. That sets the nose of the engine just behind the radiator.
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Old 12-10-2006, 01:19 PM
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The distance between the centerline of the radiator mount holes and the negine mount holes are 7" on this Model A frame with an early flattie. It sits nice and you could probably lenghthen the distance a little, but any less and the fan would probably hit the radiator.
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