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just remember pennies arent copper anymore. Hot Rod Mag did a flathead buyers guide circa 2000 I think called the Flathead Guide of Death. I know they have a link to it somewhere on their website.

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LOL Good point AutoGear. Just seems like nothing is real anymore.

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rod and custom or street rodder magazine recently had an article about using newer transmissions from mustangs, camero's,etc, behind your flathesd. In the old days you wanted lincoln zepher gears and a Columbia 2 speed rear end, My drag racer buddies used to add full length roller bearings to the cluster gear to give more life to the old ford transmissions My brother did some machine work and ran a buick trans in his dry lakes 36 coupe It was torque tube and he said the ball radiius was the same, he drilled and tapped holes.
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I checked out the Hot Rod mag article you spoke of, Auto Gear. Holy smoke! that was more info than I could process!

As I said before, I'm not looking at serious racing. I just want to get a reasonably good flathead and goose it a little. I don't want to pour tons of money into a motor, or the rest of the car, as far as that goes.

I'm basically looking at building a reasonable facsimile of a drop tank lakester that I can take out a few weekends of the year and run around on the dirt, and perhaps take to a couple of car shows.

Right now, it looks like I'd like to bore it a little, port the heads, and get some domed pistons. They guys with the blowers and redoing the French blocks & so on is WAY more than I want to do or can handle!

Thanks for the info on the Hot Rod mag article, though. It had a lot of good info.
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rod and custom or street rodder magazine recently had an article about using newer transmissions from mustangs, camero's,etc, behind your flathesd. In the old days you wanted lincoln zepher gears and a Columbia 2 speed rear end, My drag racer buddies used to add full length roller bearings to the cluster gear to give more life to the old ford transmissions My brother did some machine work and ran a buick trans in his dry lakes 36 coupe It was torque tube and he said the ball radiius was the same, he drilled and tapped holes.
I read the article also Timothale. For serious driving one of the newer 5 speeds would be best but I am running a late 80's S-10 tremec 5 speed. It puts the shifter way forward similar to the original '39 top loaders. Speedway sells the adapter so it is a fairly inexpensive and straight forward swap. Sure is great on the interstate. With a 3.25 rear gear it probably is around a 2.75 final gear in overdrive.

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borg warner S 10 T 5 are also popular when using late model engines in older cars, they also have the shifter foreward, the S 10 shifter and housing can be adapter to other T 5's. Tremec' trans is a lot heavier duty. lots of options, gear, shifter locations, gear ratios. some jeeps used the Ford 4 speed Top loader, It had a top mounted shifter. Flat head to 4 bolt ford trans using a merc belhousing, and jeep shifter, just harder to find all the parts.
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True. I was pleasantly surprised at how affordable the new heavy duty Tremecs are but they are still out of my price range.

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I checked out the Hot Rod mag article you spoke of, Auto Gear. Holy smoke! that was more info than I could process!

As I said before, I'm not looking at serious racing. I just want to get a reasonably good flathead and goose it a little. I don't want to pour tons of money into a motor, or the rest of the car, as far as that goes.

I'm basically looking at building a reasonable facsimile of a drop tank lakester that I can take out a few weekends of the year and run around on the dirt, and perhaps take to a couple of car shows.

Right now, it looks like I'd like to bore it a little, port the heads, and get some domed pistons. They guys with the blowers and redoing the French blocks & so on is WAY more than I want to do or can handle!

Thanks for the info on the Hot Rod mag article, though. It had a lot of good info.
patric in casagranda arizona had lots of cheap fh parts(if they ar still ther
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