Although not the first V-8 engine ever produced, Henry Ford’s side-valve V-8, launched in 1932, certainly qualified as the first mass-produced V-8 sold to the public. Over time, however, the “Flattie” became the go-to powerplant for a whole generation of new hobbyists who were called “hot rodders.” In Ford Flathead Engines: How to Rebuild & Modify, veteran author Tony Thacker and flathead guru of H&H Flatheads, Mike Herman, take you step-by-step through rebuilding a vintage flathead. One of the most important steps is to actually find a good, usable core; many have been sitting for a very long time and the engine design is prone to cracking.
Running changes are also an important consideration when selecting a core, and include cooling system, ignition, and transmission mount. After you have selected a core, Thacker and Herman take you through the entire process of a rebuild, including teardown, parts inspection, machine shop processes, replacement part selection, re-assembly, startup, and break-in.
Also covered is a unique performance build completed at the H&H shop for legendary race car team manager and all-around enthusiast Ray Evernham. It all adds up to more than 500 color photos and insider tips on building what could be called the most iconic engine ever built, the Ford flathead V-8.
• This book covers the rebuilding process in over 500 step-by-step photos
• Veteran author Thacker and Flathead expert Herman bring unique insight and expertise to this book
• Finally, here is a full-color edition covering all the new technology and techniques
About the Authors
After stints with the legendary So-Cal Speed Shop, the NHRA museum, and setting speed records on the salt flats, Tony Thacker wrapped up his professional career by opening an education museum in the Portland area called The World of
Speed. However, he is far from being retired and is as busy as ever consulting for a number of clients and works in front of a computer on his first love: some book projects. Mike Herman works at the family business of H&H Flatheads in La Crescenta, California. He has rebuilt countless flatheads of many different specifications. He has a deep and abiding affinity for this storied power plant. He intimately knows the design, parts, and best products for the flathead. In addition, he has assisted Rod & Custom and Street Rodder magazines with numerous articles.
Authors: Tony Thacker & Mike Herman
Dimensions: 8.5 x 11”
Illus: 577 color photos and charts
Ship Date: August 2016
Item #: SA379
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