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Old 09-19-2007, 01:29 PM
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Default 53 Merc Flathead

Doesn't seem to be cracked and heads are gone, whats it worth?
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Old 09-20-2007, 09:11 PM
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Tough call bud. While flatheads are getting popular, only some are worth building because of cracks or being worn out or water damaged. Kind of only a call you can make because you can physically see the engine and assess what condition it looks to be in.

I think the current interest in flatheads is sort of funny. When I was growing up in the '50's we couldn't wait to jerk them out and put a modern OHV V8 like an Olds or Caddy in their place. Even my Son is talking about buying one of the French ones to put in his Tudor sedan when he builds it. What is the old saying? "Everything old is new again."


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Old 09-20-2007, 10:35 PM
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$200-600 for the crank if its good. The problem is finding someone to buy it. I have been paying attention to the merc flathead stuff lately cause I just got one also.

$500 maybe for the whole motor give or take. You cant tell by looking if its cracked.

If your buying, try $100-200 and take your chances. Any more than that is risky.

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Old 09-21-2007, 09:44 AM
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Here is one on Ebay for comparison.............


http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/MERCU...spagenameZWDVW


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Old 09-23-2007, 08:25 PM
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Default Flathead

Got it out and tore it down, put it in the bath and so far it looks good. Crank was turned 10/10 and looked great. One questionable cylinder. Once we figure out how much metal will have to be removed and mic it we will know what we have. I need to research some flathead web sites and see what is recomended. I've got a loooooong way to go but she will be cool when I get her finished. A world away from building the modern small block.
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:34 PM
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These might help

http://www.flatheads-forever.com/hom...age/Itemid,58/

http://www.flatattackracing.com/

http://www.vanpeltsales.com/FH_web/flathead_home.htm
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:40 PM
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Thanks Maddog,

The first one I have been visiting frequently. Have you ever heard of a Pepco supercharger? I want to build a supercharged flathead. I want to keep it as close to era correct as possible.
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Old 09-23-2007, 08:54 PM
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Thanks Maddog,

The first one I have been visiting frequently. Have you ever heard of a Pepco supercharger? I want to build a supercharged flathead. I want to keep it as close to era correct as possible.
No I havnt. I didnt know anything about flatheads till about a month ago. I bought one and did some research, thats it.

I now am a huge flathead fan though. Yes they're expensive, lower hp, difficult motors but they have a huge cool factor.

I have decided to sell the one I have and put the cash into my other project.
I would like to keep it but just cant keep it all.

I do have a book on hotroding flatheads at the shop and I will bring it home and scan the info on supercharges if its in there.
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Old 09-26-2007, 08:13 AM
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Hey Maddog,

Just found another Flatty, 1949 8BA complete engine w/all accessories to include transmission and bellhousing for just 500 bucks. I figure I had better get it while I can. It's in grat shape, all she needs is a cam and a couple carbs and she is in.
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