The Birth Of A Flathead

Can you imagine seeing an endless stream of brand new flathead motors rolling down the assembly line all day long? Up to eighty fresh engine blocks every hour? When I think of the sweat equity that was literally poured into each engine part at the Ford River Rouge foundry, it gives me a little more appreciation for the faithful Ford Flathead. The fact that they made their own steel, from raw ore, melted in intense heat and then hand poured into a mold is just unbelievable.

These photos from 1953 represent the end of the line for iconic Ford V-8. Thousands of trusty flatheads were made by Ford from 1932- 1953, and a good number of them are still faithfully humming along just as Henry intended.

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