Book Review: How to Rebuild and Modify Ford Flathead Engines

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Ford Flathead Engines: How to Rebuild and Modify

Get your hot rod back on the road by rebuilding its Ford Flathead engine using this comprehensive guide that features expert advice and detailed step-by-step sequences.

Here are instructions on how to get the most from the venerable Flathead Engine. Written by noted author Tony Thacker and H&H Flatheads Mike Herman.

It begins with history about Henry Ford and his experimental V-8 engines and how it changed over the years. They take you through all the performance tricks and warn you of potential problems. Guide you how to find a usable engine block and warn you what to look for to be sure you have usable parts. The book takes you step by step rebuilding and changing up the Ford Flathead engine.

With over 500 colour photos they cover a unique performance build in the H&H shop of probably the most advanced Ford Flathead engine destined for one of NASCARs Ray Evernham’s personal projects. It's nicely illustrated with the steps you'd follow to change or work on the engine. 


After stints with the legendary So-Cal Speed Shop, the NHRA museum, and setting speed records on the salt flats, Tony wrapped up his professional career by opening an education museum in the Portland area called The World of Speed. However, he is far from being retired and is as busy as ever consulting for a number of clients and works in front of a computer on his first love: some book projects.

Mike Herman works at the family business of H&H Flatheads in La Cresenta, California. He has rebuilt countless flatheads of many different specifications. He has a deep and abiding affinity for this storied power plant. He intimately knows the design, parts, and best products for the flathead. In addition, he has assisted Rod & Custom and Street Rodder magazines with several articles.


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