[Land-speed] Ford Flathead

desotoman @dslextreme.com desotoman at dslextreme.com
Thu Aug 5 11:53:37 MDT 2010

Hi Skip,

IMO the key words everyone has to remember in this discussion is "Vintage
Engine".  If the rules say 1953 and earllier Ford/ Mercury passenger car
engine, then a motor produced in the 1980's would not be vintage. Also the
French made some changes to the block and I have been told it is about 30
lbs heavier than the Ford counterpart and much stronger.  By keeping the
rules at 1953 and before makes it truly a "Vintage Engine", and the block
limits the amount of HP one can make. The french blocks would have an unfair
advantage over the ford/mercury blocks, and that is where the playing field
would be unlevel.  There is no shortage of Ford/Mercury blocks so that in
itself is not a problem.

In regards to  the aftermarket engine casting for other than Vintage Engine
classes, The only other class I might have a problem with them running one
in is in production class, since it would not be a production engine off the
assembly line.

I am not trying to start a big discussion on this subject, like someone said
it has been discussed to death on other forums. These are just my views on
the subject.

Tom G.

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 7:32 AM, Skip Higginbotham <saltrat at pahrump.com>wrote:

> Tom,
> Please help me understand how a stronger block makes an unlevel playing
> field. Does that make a World Castings Chevy Merlin block unfair?
> Since I have not studied the "French" issues, this may be a dumb
> question........is there more to it?
> Skip
> At 12:10 PM 8/4/2010, desotoman @dslextreme.com wrote:
>> "The french rule makes flathead "Lovers" spend more $. Bad! Jack"
>> Sorry Jack, I disagree, it makes for a level playing field.
>> Tom Gerardi
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