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  • Flathead Cylinder Head Stud Kit
    Flathead Cylinder Head Stud Kit
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    Performance engine builders know that head studs are superior to bolts, and this is especially the case on Flathead Ford and Mercury V8s. Flathead decks are thin and their threads are easily stripped. By installing studs, you avoid damaging the threads in the block through repeated use. The combination of the studs' fine outer threads and hardened washers also prevents galling and ensures accurate torque readings, particularly on aluminum heads.

    • Studs utilize superior "pull down torque"
    • Properly fastens and torques both aluminum and iron heads

    910-15310 Instructions (PDF)

  • Speedway Flathead Ford Adjustable Lifters
    Speedway Flathead Ford Adjustable Lifters
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    Upgrading your Flathead's valve train is the surest way to maintain performance and keep that old Ford V8 happy on modern fuel. Our adjustable lifters are the preferred way to maintain critical valve train tolerances while avoiding the hassle of grinding your valve seats for clearance. Simply set your valve lash using the adjustable set screw. These lifters will work with stock or performance camshafts, and are made in the USA.

    Fits 1932-53 Ford and Mercury Flathead V8s.

    • Self locking, adjustable set screw maintains critical valve lash
    • Works with stock or performance camshafts
    • High quality, precision manufactured
    • A must for today's Flathead engines

     

  • COMP Cams 41-602-7 Big Mutha Thumpr Cam, 1949-53 Flathead Ford
    COMP Cams 41-602-7 Big Mutha Thumpr Cam, 1949-53 Flathead Ford
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    These COMPomp Cams Thumpr cams will make your flathead wake up and sound nasty. They feature a long exhaust duration and other grind characteristics produce a powerful, hard-hitting exhaust note. For 1949-1953 Ford 8BA and 8CM Mercury flathead V8 engines. Lifters sold separately.

    Street/strip, needs 9.5:1 compression, 2800+ stall, intake, gears and headers. Very rough idle.

    Thumpr Cam Spec Chart (GIF)

  • 1949-53 Flathead Stainless Steel Spark Plug Wire Looms
    1949-53 Flathead Stainless Steel Spark Plug Wire Looms
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    Polished stainless steel tubes accommodate wires up to 7 mm. Attaches to intake manifold of 1949-1953 flathead Ford V8's. Will not work with oil fill/vent tube on '49-'53 engines without modification (may use '48-older vent/fill which was part of the fuel pump stand).

  • Fuel Pump Push Rod Bushing for 1949-53 Ford and Mercury Flathead V8
    Fuel Pump Push Rod Bushing for 1949-53 Ford and Mercury Flathead V8
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    These fuel pump push rod bushings for 1949-1953 Ford & Mercury Flathead V8 are 1-9/16" long.  They work perfect with our push rod (56052662).

    • Fuel pump push rod bushing
    • For 1949-1953 Ford & Mercury Flathead V-8
    • 1-9/16" long
    • For push rod (56052662)
  • 1949-53 Flathead Car Water Pump with Double Narrow Belts
    1949-53 Flathead Car Water Pump with Double Narrow Belts
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    Original Flathead water pumps have always suffered from unreliable bronze bushings and carbon seals. They almost always leaked and even Ford manuals warned mechanics not to tighten fan belts too tight. The excess slack allowed belts to slip and lose contact with the generator and water pump pulleys, causing more cooling and power problems.

    Speedway's completely new water pumps feature severe-duty roller and ball bearings, close tolerances and modular impellers to provide maximum flow and reduce cavitation. They also have modern ceramic seals on a heavy duty 3/4" shaft, making the assembly exceptionally strong and more efficient.

    • Ceramic seals on sturdy 3/4" shaft
    • High-flow modular impeller reduces cavitation
    • Gasket included
    • Passenger side pump includes threaded boss for heater hose connection
    • Driver side pump does not have heater hose connection

    Fits 1949-1953 Ford cars and 1952-1953 Mercurys with 3/8" belt system. Also fits 1953 F-100 Pickups.

    Speedway Water Pump Features (GIF)

    Flathead Water Pump Installation Instructions (PDF)

  • Flathead 9 Inch Clutch Disc, 1-3/8 Inch 10-Spline
    Flathead 9 Inch Clutch Disc, 1-3/8 Inch 10-Spline
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                It's getting harder to find flathead Ford clutch components. We can   help you resolve this problem with our 9" clutch discs for the flathead  V8.

    These premium organic clutch friction discs are for use with flathead Ford V8 and work well with our long style pressure plate (part number 91015651).

    Flathead 9 Inch Clutch Disc

    • 1-3/8 Inch 10-Spline 
    • Early Ford Applications

    T-5 and Adapter Tech Tips (Link)

  • Flathead 9 Inch Long-Style Clutch Pressure Plate
    Flathead 9 Inch Long-Style Clutch Pressure Plate
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    It's getting harder to find flathead Ford clutch components. We can help you resolve this problem with our 9" Long-style pressure plates for the flathead V8.

    Note: This pressure plate will only fit stock Ford flathead V8 flywheels. Pressure plate has a 6 bolt pattern divided up into 3 groups of 2 with a 2.830” center to center.

    T-5 and Adapter Tech Tips (Link)

  • 1932-1953 Flathead Ford V8 Single Valve Springs
    1932-1953 Flathead Ford V8 Single Valve Springs
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    Our complete line of valve train parts to help your flathead Ford V8 run on unleaded fuel. These heavy duty single valve springs are made from top-quality chrome silicon steel and are designed to work with stock 1932-1953 Ford retainers. 

    • Recommended for most street performance 1932-53 Ford/Mercury Flathead V8s
    • Chrome silicon material delivers reliable performance
    • Proper seat pressure for most street and street/strip Flathead cams
    • Installed Height:  2.00"
    • Seat Pressure:  85 lbs @ 2.00" installed height

    Note: "Full Race" cams should be paired with our 450-4005 dual valve springs.

    Flathead Valve Assembly (Link)

     

  • 1939-53 Flathead Ford V8 4-Ring Pistons, 3-3/4 Stroke, .060 Over
    1939-53 Flathead Ford V8 4-Ring Pistons, 3-3/4 Stroke, .060 Over
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    Original flathead pistons used four rings, were somewhat round, had questionable wrist pins and locks and were made of cast iron. These pressure-cast aluminum pistons share the four-ring design, but are cam ground and use modern steel wrist pins and real snap rings. They’re a great upgrade when rebuilding your 1939-1953 flathead Ford or Mercury V8 engine.

    Sizing based on original 3.188" bore. Fits .060" overbore size and 3.75" stroke crank. Sold as a set of 8.

    • Original 4-ring design
    • Pressure cast aluminum construction provides great strength and durability
    • Precision cam ground
    • Modern steel wrist pins
    • Snap ring style retainer clips
  • Flathead Lifter Wrench
    $9.99
    Product Rating: 4.25 Stars
    Flathead Lifter Wrench
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    Use this handy wrench to set your flathead's adjustable lifters.  For use with our 450-F8502 lifters.

  • Three-Bolt Carb Base Gasket
    $1.99
    Three-Bolt Carb Base Gasket
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                Three bolt carburetor base gaskets fit Stromberg 97-style carbs and Holley 94-style carbs.
            
  • MSD 8573 1949-53 Flathead Ford V8 Electronic Distributor
    MSD 8573 1949-53 Flathead Ford V8 Electronic Distributor
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    Early Flathead racers and cruisers alike will be excited to see these front mount flathead distributors! MSD Ready-to-Run distributors do not need an external control box, so there's a simple and clean installation with only three wires to connect. Features a maintenance free magnetic pickup for unsurpassed reliability. Has HEI style terminals.  For 12 volt negative ground applications only.

    Designed for 1949-1953 Ford Flathead V8 engines.

    547-8573 Instructions (PDF)

    MSD Rebate (Link)

     

  • Offenhauser 1095 1949-53 Flathead Offset Generator Bracket, Pass. Side
    Offenhauser 1095 1949-53 Flathead Offset Generator Bracket, Pass. Side
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    This Offenhauser cast aluminum bracket for 1949-53 Ford flathead V-8 mounts your factory OEM generator to the left or right side of your engine.     

    Generator Mount Chart (Link)

  • Ford Flathead V8 Builders Handbook
    Ford Flathead V8 Builders Handbook
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                This book covers every facet of your Flathead Ford V-8. Rebuilding? Get one of these books! 200 images. 154 pages.
            
  • Flathead Ford H-Beam Connecting Rods
    Flathead Ford H-Beam Connecting Rods
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    If you have ever looked at a stock Flathead Ford connecting rod, you would wonder how those skinny things ever survive. So, if you have found a good block and are going to add a longer arm and a bigger thump stick, you had better upgrade to a set of H-beam rods. They are the stock length of 7.00" and accept 49-53 rod bearings. With the added material on the big end, they require a 3.25" or larger finished bore. 

    Set of 8.  

  • Hastings VA101 Isky Flathead Ford Valve Spring Shims
    Hastings VA101 Isky Flathead Ford Valve Spring Shims
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    These Hastings valve spring shims are designed for use with our single valve springs (450185G).  These shims will help you achieve the correct installed height for your valve springs when rebuilding Flathead Ford engines.

    • 0.060" thick
    • Designed for use with 185G springs
    • Allows for correct valve spring height
    • Set of 16 shims
  • Flathead Ford Distributor 2-Bolt Kit
    Flathead Ford Distributor 2-Bolt Kit
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                Premium stainless steel socket head bolt kit for a Flathead Ford two bolt distributor. Each kit includes stainless steel AN washers.
            
  • Champion 844 H10C SE Flathead Spark Plugs
    Champion 844 H10C SE Flathead Spark Plugs
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    These spark plugs fit all 1939-53 Flathead Fords. Work very well with our ignitions.

    • 14mm threads
    • 7/16" reach
    • 13/16" hex
    • Flat gasket seal
  • Late Carburetor Adapter
    $24.99
    Product Rating: 4.00 Stars
    Late Carburetor Adapter
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    Bolt a newer type 4-bolt carb (3-1/4" x 1-7/8", like Rochester 2GC) to an early 3-bolt manifold. Aluminum casting.

    560-5159 Instructions (PDF)

  • Mallory Ignition 5027501 1949-53 Ford Flathead Electronic Distributor
    Mallory Ignition 5027501 1949-53 Ford Flathead Electronic Distributor
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    Tried and true Mallory electronic distributor for your 1949-1953 Flathead Ford. Features magnetic breakerless ignition technology for greatly improved accuracy versus points-style distributors. For 12 volt systems only.

    • Easy 3-wire hookup
    • Adjustable mechanical advance
    • Self-lubricating bushings provide years of trouble-free service
    • Includes Mallory Super-Duty Cap and Rotor with brass terminals
    • Distributor drive gear not included (sold separately)

    Note: This distributor requires 1.4 ohms of coil resistance. If you are using a coil with less than 1.4 ohms, you must use a ballast resistor that will achieve the required 1.4 ohm total resistance. If you are using coil # 447-45001, no resistor will be required.

    500-5027501 Instructions (PDF)

  • Flathead V8 to Ford C4 Transmission Basic Adapter Kit
    Flathead V8 to Ford C4 Transmission Basic Adapter Kit
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    If you have access to your own transmission and parts or you wish to adapt an AOD, Ford C-4 or Ford C-6, this basic adapter set is what you need. Includes: starter nose cone, flexplate, bellhousing adapter and instructions. Choice of 157 or 164 flexplate. Use with 302-351W transmission. For Ford C4 and Ford C6 transmission application.

    916-28901 Instructions (pdf)

  • Flathead 10-1/2 In Clutch Disc, 1-1/8 In 10-Spline, GM, T-5 Trans
    Flathead 10-1/2 In Clutch Disc, 1-1/8 In 10-Spline, GM, T-5 Trans
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    It's getting harder to find flathead Ford clutch components. We can help you resolve this problem with our 10-1/2" clutch discs for the flathead V8.

    These premium organic clutch friction discs are for use with flathead Ford V8 to Camaro T-5  transmission conversions.

    Flathead 10-1/2 Inch Clutch Disc

    • 1-1/8 Inch 10-Spline 
    • Early Ford Flatheads
    • Camaro T-5  transmission conversions

    T-5 and Adapter Tech Tips (Link)

  • Speedway GM Manual Trans to Flathead V8 Adapter - GM Clutch
    Speedway GM Manual Trans to Flathead V8 Adapter - GM Clutch
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                Please view the product's page for more information
            
  • Flathead Ford Header Bolt Kit
    Flathead Ford Header Bolt Kit
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                These premium header bolts kits are designed for use on Ford Flathead V8's. They feature 1" long threads and  (4) bolts are 7/16"-14 and (8) bolts are 3/8"-16.
    • Set of 12
    • 6 Point hex head
    • Zinc plated
  • Offy/Sharp Ford Flathead Intake Bolt Kit
    Offy/Sharp Ford Flathead Intake Bolt Kit
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    For what we charge for these premium stainless steel socket head bolts, you can't afford not to use them on your Offenhauser or Sharp intake!

    • (20) 3/8"-16 x 1-1/4" USS Stainless Socket Head Cap Screws
    • (20) 3/8" AN Stainless Washers
  • Release Bearing Adapter, Flathead to GM T-5
    Release Bearing Adapter, Flathead to GM T-5
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    This spacer is used to enlarge the front bearing collar from an S-10 five speed transmission so that it will properly fit a flathead Ford clutch release bearing.

    T-5 and Adapter Tech Tips (Link)

  • Offenhauser 1949-53 Flathead Angled Water Neck
    Offenhauser 1949-53 Flathead Angled Water Neck
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                Replace your corroded or missing Flathead water neck with this high-quality  version. Made of cast aluminum for a good seal and longevity. 
    • Uses 1-1/4" hose
    • Includes bolts and gasket
    • Two required per engine
  • Offenhauser 1947-48 Ford Flathead V8 Fuel Pump
    Offenhauser 1947-48 Ford Flathead V8 Fuel Pump
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    These 100% new, high performance mechanical fuel pumps were designed & built to feed multi-carb setups. Works well with any Offenhauser flathead Ford intake manifold.

    • Heavy duty diaphragm
    • Rugged alloy casting for durability
    • Heat-treated rocker arm
    • Works with original Ford-style lines (compression nut & sleeve)
    • Includes gasket
  • 1949-53 Flathead Car Water Pump with Wide Belt
    1949-53 Flathead Car Water Pump with Wide Belt
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                Original Flathead water pumps have always suffered from unreliable bronze bushings and carbon seals. They almost always leaked and even Ford manuals warned mechanics not to tighten fan belts too tight. The excess slack allowed belts to slip and lose contact with the generator and water pump pulleys, causing more cooling and power problems. 

    Speedway's completely new water pumps feature severe-duty roller and ball bearings, close tolerances and modular impellers to provide maximum flow and reduce cavitation. They also have modern ceramic seals on a heavy duty 5/8" shaft, making the assembly exceptionally strong and more efficient. Gaskets included.

    1949-1953 Flathead Water Pump Instructions (PDF)

  • Edelbrock 1146 1949-53 Flathead Offset Generator Bracket
    Edelbrock 1146 1949-53 Flathead Offset Generator Bracket
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    This bracket offsets the generator to the passenger side (RH) on '49-'53 Ford Flathead V8s. A special water neck is included that helps to re-route the hose around the relocated generator. This bracket only fits a stock Ford generator, NOT a Powegen.

    Fits most intakes.

    325-1146 Instructions (PDF)

  • Release Bearing Adapater, Flathead to Chevy Trans.
    Release Bearing Adapater, Flathead to Chevy Trans.
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    This spacer is used to enlarge the front bearing collar from a standard 3-speed or 4-speed Chevy transmission so that it will properly fit a flathead Ford clutch release bearing.

    T-5 and Adapter Tech Tips (Link)

  • Finned Flathead Breather - Unpolished
    Finned Flathead Breather - Unpolished
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    • A-356 casting
    • Gasket included
    • 4-1/2" tall
    • Baffled
  • Isky Racing Cams 814000 400 Jr. 1949-53 Flathead Ford Camshaft
    Isky Racing Cams 814000 400 Jr. 1949-53 Flathead Ford Camshaft
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    Not for the faint of heart, and not for the street! This famous Isky 400 Jr. grind camshaft is full race, competition only and is recommended only for the experienced flathead V8 racer.

    Cam Application Chart (PDF)

    450-814000 Specs (Link)

  • Flathead Center Dump Headers, Chrome
    Flathead Center Dump Headers, Chrome
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    Now available in CHROME! Improve the performance and exhaust note of your 1932-53 flathead Ford V8 with these affordable, high-quality tubular steel headers. They have a compact center-dump design. The center-dump design will not work on Ford cars with stock wishbones.

    Includes:

    • Block gaskets
    • Collector gaskets
    • Pair of companion 2-1/2" flanges for beginning the exhaust system (companion flanges fit 2-1/2" pipe).

    Chrome Warning: Due to a revised chroming process brought on by recent EPA regulations and high labor costs, today's chrome is not the quality of days gone by. Be Aware: Exhaust components which are chrome plated are now much more susceptible to blueing, blistering, peeling & corrosion. No warranty or returns on chrome exhaust items once them have been installed.

    Not legal for sale or use in California on pollution controlled vehicles

     

     

  • 1952-53 Flathead Ford V8 Replacement Fuel Pump, Mechanical
    1952-53 Flathead Ford V8 Replacement Fuel Pump, Mechanical
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    These 100% new, high performance mechanical fuel pumps were designed & built to feed multi-carb setups. Works well with any Offenhauser flathead Ford intake manifold. These replacement  fuel pumps are designed to fit the 1952-1953 Flathead Ford V8.

    • 1952-1953 Flathead Ford V8
    • 1/8" NPT Inlet/Outlet
    • Heavy duty diaphragm
    • Rugged alloy casting for durability
    • Heat-treated rocker arm
    • Works with original Ford-style lines (compression nut & sleeve)
    • Includes gasket

    Include our Straight Chrome Fitting, 5/16" Hose To 1/8" NPT (91611047) for easy hook-up with these fuel pumps.

  • Griffin Radiators 4-227BX-HAC Flathead V8 1927 Ford Aluminum Radiator
    Griffin Radiators 4-227BX-HAC Flathead V8 1927 Ford Aluminum Radiator
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    Griffin Aluminum radiators give superior cooling over a brass/copper radiator. Features 2 rows of 1" tubes furnace brazed into the core which provides 40% greater tube-to-fin contact over a copper/brass radiator.

    • Built-in HD automatic transmission oil cooler
    • Hood support brackets are included
    • Brackets on side for gille shell
    • Brackets on top for support rods
    • Includes "dummy" filler neck

    Griffin Flathead Radiator Application Chart (GIF)

    Learn more about how radiators work and selecting the proper radiator for your vehicle by reading our tech article. Radiator Cooling Performance.  

  • Flathead Ford Distributor Adaptor, 2-Bolt Distributor to 3-Bolt
    Flathead Ford Distributor Adaptor, 2-Bolt Distributor to 3-Bolt
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    Sometimes we want to mix and match parts different than Henry planned. These spacers allow you to swap distributors around on your flathead. This adaptor fits most aftermarket performance cams. In some cases, earlier stock engines may have a "shallow-nose" camshaft. If that is the case, the drive tang on the distributor will not contact the slot in the cam and the distributor will spin freely after installation. Should this occur, you will need to purchase a cam button spacer such as Speedway # 910-12710.

  • Book - 335 HP Flathead Ford V8 Performance Handbook
    Book - 335 HP Flathead Ford V8 Performance Handbook
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                This book by Joe Abbin will show you 'real' horsepower figures from 'real' Flathead Ford engines that were built and run on the dyno, the street and the dragstrip. Clearly shows each engine (naturally aspirated and supercharged) being built and dyno tested. 138 pages.
            
  • Pertronix 45011 Flame-Thrower II Ignition Coil, 6 Volt, 0.6 Ohm
    Pertronix 45011 Flame-Thrower II Ignition Coil, 6 Volt, 0.6 Ohm
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                The hotter the spark, the easier your engine will start, and this 45,000 volt coil is just the ticket to a quick start! Has 0.6 ohms of resistance. Black case for a stock look.

    6 volt coils can be used with 6 volt point systems. If used with 12 volt point systems, it should have a 1.00 OHM resistor added.
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