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Old 07-11-2012, 02:20 PM
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flat head ford w/ automatic and efi?

i have a connection to get a v8 flat head ford motor for my next project
i'm not a ford guy at all, never had one, never wanted one, i just think the motor is cool looking.
no idea what my next project will be, maybe an 30s or early 40s chevy truck. did chevy have flat head motors?
i'm just looking for an unique motor for my next project.
i've always driven newer stuff, as in 56 to 63 chevy vehicles that came factory with sbc

is there an economical way to hook an automatic and do efi on this motor?
does pertronics make a kit for the distributor?

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Old 07-11-2012, 04:31 PM
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From what I can find, Chevrolet made cars with a T-Head motor, flathead with intake valves on one side, exhaust on the other, two camshafts, in 1911 when they first started production, before Chevy was part of GM. Looks like in 1913 they manufactured an overhead valve six cylinder making 40 hp, and in 1917 an overhead V-8 that never caught on. All this from Wikipedia's. GM had L-head straight 6's and 8's in their Buicks and others before that.

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If you can stick with an old inline flat head. Making your intake and exhaust will be much easier. As for efi conversions its not that expensive to do it to any engine provided you can fabricate a manifold, hang a reluctor wheel off the front, and get high enough fuel pressure. Some junkyard scrounging and a trip to your metal supply house is all the spending you'll need to do.
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