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.

The FUN is in the RUN!!!

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  1. Peter Hall

     /  May 11, 2015

    Sounds super, I’d love a few more cubes myself!! I get tempted to get some heads & a cam from time to time, but as it runs so well I’m not game to mess with it šŸ™‚

  2. Dickie

     /  May 11, 2015

    Be careful how you treat that motor. You know Don Albers and I both claim ownership and dibs on it. Glad you finally opened the time capsule and see what else was done so long ago. What a cool story,so don’t keep us waiting much longer. By the way,a friend put a Pertronics in a crab dist. And said it was really easy. We should have it running by Springfield so will talk cab out it then,but seems like a good update. Dickie