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Old 07-27-2019, 12:13 PM   #1
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I have access to a rebuilt long block 53 merc flathead, I need to know what it takes to install it into a 48 Ford coupe before I take ownership?
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Old 07-27-2019, 12:23 PM   #2
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1949-1950 Mercury or '48-'52 Pickup truck bellhousing and starter plate, a set of '48-'53 pickup water pumps, and a truck oil pan are the major mechanical parts. You may need some motor mount spacers and an electric fan. Other than that, it's just minor stuff that varies by installation.

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Old 07-27-2019, 01:00 PM   #3
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Mechanical aptitude helps a bunch or some KOOL buddies that have it.
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Old 07-27-2019, 10:53 PM   #4
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this is a Mercury engine going in a 48 ford coupe, do I change the water pumps to Ford, I have a pair of new Drake pumps for 59ab engine, also do I need an adapter between engine and trans?
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Old 07-28-2019, 08:56 AM   #5
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As I remember, the earlier pumps will bolt on, but there is a water hole that has to be plugged and the 8BA block doesn't have the oil passages the earlier pumps needed. It's probably better to just go with the later truck pumps. The Mercury or truck bellhousing (and starter plate) I mentioned above is your transmission adapter. If you don't have one, I have either truck (cast iron) or Mercury (stamped steel) and the associated starter plates available.
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LEAZER48: If you do a SEARCH you will find plenty of info.
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Old 07-28-2019, 09:42 AM   #7
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Donīt start bolting on the early style pumps...offset for belt is different and then you have to start changing pulleys and distributor etc..
Merc oilpan might work fine as is.
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