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Old 01-26-2012, 06:48 PM
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Flathead rebuild

can a novice do it? I have just finished a body off restoration of a 29 A including the engine (runs great) and it is time to move on. I'm working on a 53 ford flat head. I was rebuilt some time ago. rebuild tag reads bore-.060/rods .060/ mains .010. I plan to boil out the block/mag flux it and if the block is solid I'll move on to the crank--it appears that the insert (rod) spun on the crank (no. one journal) which scored the crank. Big question: will this engine rebuild or had it been pushed too far at the first build?

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Depends on how deep your pockets are.. The crank will probably be junk. It's already about max undersize. You could have it welded up and reground. But, it would be less expensive for an aftermkt or good used crank. Rods will have to be re-sized.

Flathead stuff ain't cheap.. Many shops don't know how to work on them. I constantly get screwed up flatheads from owners that had them at other shops
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