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Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8

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Doc in WV

10-10-2012 06:04:43
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Can any one tell me if the 239 CID Flathead V8 100 HP had a side dist or was it a front mount dissy?

They put this engine the 1948 F1 Ford Pick-up. My Father had one in 1958 that I drove when older. It had 3 speed floor shift which I assume was considered hevy duty? Cannot remember location of dist?

Thanks DOC




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Doc in WV

10-11-2012 01:14:57
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Doc in WV, 10-10-2012 06:04:43  
Thanks guys

The link to the web site great info. Again thanks for all the help as I am looking at a 48 pick-up that has dist. on the front and was wondering if that location was correct for that period?

DOC



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36 coupe

10-11-2012 04:19:20
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Doc in WV, 10-11-2012 01:14:57  
Depends what you mean by front,dead center or close to the right cylinder head.8BA engines had water outlets on the front of the cylinder heads.59a engines had the outlets on the center of the heads.Ive heard that 8BA heads can be used on a 59A block.Location of the distributor will decide which block you have.



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Jack L

10-10-2012 19:34:53
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Doc in WV, 10-10-2012 06:04:43  
Here"s a link that should answer your question. I use it as a reference for my 47 Ford truck.

HTH,
Jack



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wisbaker

10-10-2012 18:56:13
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Doc in WV, 10-10-2012 06:04:43  
Yep once Hank I passed things started happening, they had to or they'd be gone now. Ever notice how any time the Ford Motor Company was run by someone named Ford they almost ended up in bankruptcy? I do have to give William Clay Ford credit, he knew he was in over his head set off a flare and got competent help in, probably the one thing that prevented Ford from going broke like GM & Chrysler. The Ford family did have a lot at stake if Ford went bankrupt, they'd lose control of it.

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Bill Rowles

10-10-2012 18:17:52
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Doc in WV, 10-10-2012 06:04:43  
As I remember, the Ford (and Mercury) flathead V-8 had the distributor mounted on the front of the engine through the 1948 model year. The '49 to '53 engines had the distributer mounted on the front of the right-side cylinder head.



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JMOR

10-10-2012 07:21:12
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Jack L. Massimino Sr., 10-10-2012 06:04:43  
Quoting Removed, click Modern View to see

1948

CID Bore " Stroke " Comp. HP@RPM Torque@RPM Model
336.7 3.50 4.38 145@ 225 lb-ft@
239.4 3.1875 3.750 6.8:1 100@3600 89A Ford
239.4 3.1875 3.750 6.8:1 100@3600 59A Mercury

The F7 and F8 trucks get a 336.7 cid version of the flathead. The F series trucks get the updated flathead (see the 1949 changes).
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Sure sounds like "front of right side cylinder bank", to me.

1949

CID Bore " Stroke " Comp. HP@RPM Torque@RPM Model
336.7 3.50 4.38 152@ 265 lb-ft@
336.7 3.50 4.38 145@ 225 lb-ft@
255.4 3.1875 4.00 6.8:1 112@3800 CM
239.4 3.1875 3.750 6.8:1 100@3600 98BA
336.7 cid motor in the F7 and the F8 trucks is also available in the Lincoln line. The Lincoln version has increased compression to make more power than the truck motor. Mercury's V8 gets stroked for increased horsepower. There are some major mechanical changes to the flathead this year. The bellhousing is no longer cast as part of the block. The oil pump changes to a shorter, straight cut gear pump for higher oil pressure. The water now runs directly to the back of the block from a larger radiator. There are new valve guides, improved intake and exhaust systems, and locked in connecting rod bearings replacing the older floating bearings. The distributor is now a modern design, relocated above the front of the right side cylinder bank amd set up to be shaft and gear driven. The distributor drive on the cam changes from the old slot to a gear drive. The fan pitch, cam, and exhaust are modified to make less noise. (The early-'49 cam is milder than the late-'49 to '51 cam.) The coolant holes in the decks and heads are repositioned for better coolant flow to the rear of the block. The water outlets move to the front of the heads. There are better main caps and stronger main bearing webs. Over-all, there are 21 minor revisions to improve idling, valve and cam wear, and cylinder head stress.

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Sean in PA

10-10-2012 06:22:53
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Doc in WV, 10-10-2012 06:04:43  
Neither. All of the pictures that I can find on Google Images of a Ford 239 flathead show the distributor mounted at an angle off of the top of the engine near the front, not directly on the front or the side.



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36 coupe

10-11-2012 04:00:39
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 Re: Dist location on 1948 Flathead Ford V-8 in reply to Sean in PA, 10-10-2012 06:22:53  
1948 was the last year for the front mount distributor in cars.The 8BA engine was put in light trucks in 1948 but wasnt used in cars until 1949.The 8ba Distributor was on the right front just ahead of the cylinder head on an angle.Dont need pix, I was there.The Loadamatic Distributor was a dud only used vacuum advance.Canadian Fords had different names and may have used the 8BA engine in cars before 1949.

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