[Land-speed] Ford Flathead
desotoman at dslextreme.com
Thu Aug 5 11:53:37 MDT 2010
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
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
On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 7:32 AM, Skip Higginbotham <saltrat at pahrump.com>wrote:
> 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?
> 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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