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08-04-2014 12:47:38

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Since he said it was bored 80 over and had a Merc crank I think we can safely say it is a flathead Ford V8. No engine I know of newer than that could safely take an 80 thou overbore (tho I know there probably are some I DON'T know about). Soooo, check the basics, make sure the cam and crank are in time, check the distributor for runout, bushing wear. Make sure the carbs are set up properly. Also was the block magnafluxed with no known cracks? Were the heads trued? Did the builder make sure the top of the block was true (flat)? Got to be something basic, like a leaky head gasket.

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08-05-2014 11:42:41

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 Re: funk v 8 in reply to reomack, 08-04-2014 12:47:38  
Reomack, you hit most of the things, there is one more that should be checked. Flathead engines have always had a reputation for overheating, even when they were new. One of the problems was a lot of core sand was left in the blocks after casting. Years later it has hardened up (like cholesterol in our veins) and prevented coolant from circulating everywhere. A large overbore adds to the problem.

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08-04-2014 21:14:00

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 Re: funk v 8 in reply to reomack, 08-04-2014 12:47:38  
I know of a BBC that took a hundred overbore and was complete with a 8-71 blower (and a 200HP, just in case, NOS system) without failure

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