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The third and final design of the legendary Ford flathead, the 1949-53 model featured a bolt-on bellhousing and a relocated distributor. Modern insert style bearings were used on both the mains and the rods. Often known as the "8BA", the final flathead design was eventually replaced by the new generation of overhead valve powerplants. The dream of own a flattie can still become a reality with our huge selection of parts and accessories. Our award winning tech staff can help you build the old school engine you've always dreamed of!

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  • Flathead Cylinder Head Stud Kit
    Flathead Cylinder Head Stud Kit
    (Part #91015310)
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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
    (Part #450F8502)
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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
    (Part #282416027)
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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
    (Part #91612002)
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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
    (Part #56052664)
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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
    (Part #91015595)
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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
    (Part #91015653)
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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
    (Part #91015651)
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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
    (Part #450185G)
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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
    (Part #91015900)
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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
    $14.99
    Product Rating: 4.25 Stars
    Flathead Lifter Wrench
    (Part #4508502-2)
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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
    Product Rating: 5.00 Stars
    Three-Bolt Carb Base Gasket
    (Part #91011050)
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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
    (Part #5478573)
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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
    (Part #5601095)
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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
    (Part #91085211)
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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
    (Part #9157000)
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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
    (Part #450404)
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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
    (Part #91303925)
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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
    (Part #271H10)
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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
    (Part #5605159)
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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)

    Note: If bolting this adapter to a 3-bolt intake, consider using a slotting drill bit to drill out the three holes which will aid in adjustment and installation of the adapter to the intake.

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