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Old 09-11-2019, 08:08 AM   #381
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I like many others here have anxiously followed this thread, and am very appreciative of the time Tod has invested. I do have to ask, and correct me if I am wrong, but has it not been years since we last heard from Tod??
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Old 09-11-2019, 08:21 AM   #382
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Tod hasn't disappeared. He's still busily working on and making Model A and B parts.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:14 AM   #383
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Certainly good to hear, and not surprised that he is busy. However I was speaking to any word on the flathead V8 project.
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:19 AM   #384
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Tod posted on 30 Aug: https://www.fordbarn.com/forum/showthread.php?t=268692
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Old 09-11-2019, 09:34 AM   #385
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It sure looks like his plate is full. IIRC, he makes some special castings for late model Fords as well. Talented (and busy) guy.
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Old 09-11-2019, 10:05 AM   #386
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Full plate, busy guy absolutely! But apparently no flathead V8 info since 2017, but if I missed something, gosh let me know.
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Old 09-11-2019, 11:30 AM   #387
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Did you read the post "B&S" made about his "NOS" 59A block? A lot of "NOS" parts were factory rejects with the attendant problems.

Unless you have had your blocks thoroughly tested, I'll bet at least 8 of them are bad.. "Ran when parked" is not good enough; when I was in college, I ran an 8BA with 7 cracks between the valve pockets and the cylinders for two straight years with a combination of "STP", "Barr's Leaks", and some luck. I sold my second to last "good" 8BA block to a guy who had gone through 5 blocks from used engines that turned out to be unusable.

You are correct that there will be some good blocks coming out of the "woodwork" over the next 20 years, but nowhere near enough to satisfy the demand that seems to be building now. In addition, "Tod" is planning some modifications that will make his new blocks superior to anything used. They probably won't be "legal" for Bonneville and SCTA competition (at least not for a while), but they will be a boon for the average "hotrodder".
The NOS is a wartime military engine in cosmolene since new, not a reject. The others are low mileage original engine that were all visually checked. I'll probably never use any of them since I have 3 good running cars that I almost never drive.
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