The “Forgotten Flathead” part II

The “Shine Runner” ’40 coupe, over at the Stray Kat 500

Eddie Meyer Heads and Dual Carb intake was REALLY cool.

Eddie Meyer Heads and Dual Carb intake was REALLY cool.

Since getting back from the Stray Kat 500, I’ve not been up to much, other than dreaming about that cool “Shine Runner” ’40 coupe, and the sweet flathead motor that he had in it. I’ve been dreaming of putting some head’s on the stock 221ci, considering a cam swap, and all kinds of expensive things, and then I realized I have a cool flatty already sitting in my garage!

My "Forgotten Flathead" that I had no idea what was under the heads.

My “Forgotten Flathead” that I had no idea what was under the heads.

After letting it sit alone in the garage since July, I decided today was the day I was going to attempt to pull the partially removed head that needs to come off anyway, and assess what kind of work that really needs to happen to make it run. After a couple of hours of careful work, I finally had the head off.

I pulled out my high tech measuring devices, and found I have a 3 3/8″ bore and a 4″ stroke. Equates to a 286ci flathead! Still don’t know what cam is in it, but that’s a heck of a lot bigger than 221ci!

Head removed.  Shows it's a '46-48 block.

Head removed. Shows it’s a ’46-48 block.

And a 4" stroke!!!

And a 4″ stroke!!!

And it has a 3 3/8" bore!

And it has a 3 3/8″ bore!

As for stuff needing to be done to the motor:

  • Remove and clean the “sticky valve” and reinstall it
  • Get a set of head gaskets and reinstall the head
  • Replace the chromed water pumps, since they have bent pulleys
  • Replace broken crank pulley with one that has a fan mount
  • Rebuild the ’42 crab style distributor
  • Find a cool intake for it

I know that it’s just a matter of time and temptation will get the better of me, and the swap will happen. Don’t know if it will be this winter, or a year or two down the road, but I can assure you that the flatty will be fired up before then, and I will hear it roar.

Bret
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The FUN is in the RUN!!!

2015 Stray Kat 500

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Doing my typical “Driven Dirty” routine, I was loaded up and heading west.

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Just outside of Chetopa, KS, I came upon Jim Pike and Mike Meeker pulled over on the side of the road. Jim got towed about a mile into town on a tow strap, where we’d hang out with him while he tried to figure out the problem.

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At first, I parked over in the shade, and thought that could make a cool photo!

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Snapped this cool shot of Mike Meeker’s coupe, too.

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Another group of hot rodders stopped by to lend some moral support. I moved the truck over to act as a work bench.

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Finally determined that it was a bad rotor in Jim’s distributor. Unfortunately, we could not find one anywhere near Chetopa.

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A few hours later, we were under way, with Jim being pulled around 65 miles on a tow strap! I have a new level of respect for him.

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I took this shot of Duncan Cox’s ’47 coupe, out in front of Travis Miller’s “Two Tall Okies” shop.

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The sun was pretty bright, so sorry for the glare. This Model A pickup was pretty dang sweet.

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Butch’s Rod Shop built this killer ’40 Standard sedan, and now Roger Ward owns it. One of my favorites!

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This Model A Vicky was super neat.

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I should know the name of the owner of this ’34 sedan, as I know a bunch of the same guys that he does, but dang it…it’s just plumb evading me. Neat car that has been around the Springfield area for YEARS!

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Jim was able to get a rotor for his roadster by 8am Saturday morning. It was great to see him pulling into the show under his own power.

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Didn’t catch the name of the owner of this ’41, but I sure did like it.

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Jack and Judy Gaskill brought the sedan over to Dewey this year. They were also kind enough to poke along on the way home with me!

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The CrossMembersCC gang that gathered at the Stray Kat 500: Me, Jimmy “The Gentile” Spears, Kyle Wynes, John Loftin, DrDave Meyers, Jeff Smith (doing some kind of Ricky Bobby thing with his hands), and the always handsome Chris LeGrange (Chris’s words, not mine).

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Jerry Curry’s latest ride. Man, oh man, was the roadster cool.

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I didn’t notice it when I took the photo, but the Burger King sign did a great job photo bombing this one.

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It was great to see Ernie and Bobbi Maine again. Great folks!

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My parking spot for the Sunday events. Little did I know that 4 of the cars in the photo would take home awards!

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A shot from the other end with Jack and Judy’s 36

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Lined up in the awards line. This ’40 Deluxe nailed the “Shine Runner” theme, with a killer flathead, sporting Eddie Meyer Heads and dual carb intake.

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Looking the other direction.

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Travis Miller took this photo of the presentation of the award that the truck was selected for. What you can’t see is that there’s a gas can on the passenger side, due to the fact that the bonehead owner ran it out of gas in the awards line.

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On the ride home, I couldn’t help but smile every time I looked at my side view mirror.

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Rolled 80,000 miles, somewhere just to the east of Coffeyville, Kansas.

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Back home, with the award that the truck received.

The event was a GREAT time, and it is always cool to get to spend time visiting with the friends that I have made over the past few years over at the Stray Kat 500. If you have the chance to go, it’s well worth the trip!

Bret
bret@StreetRodder.Net
http://StreetRodder.Net
The FUN is in the RUN!!!