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Old 01-26-2019, 08:14 PM   #1
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Default Olds in a 1939 Ford Coupe

As per all suggestions I have moved my post for installing an Olds in my 39 Ford Deluxe to H.A.M.B .
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:31 AM   #2
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well... i like the hamb too. no real loss. Maybe needed over there too.


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Old 01-27-2019, 01:18 PM   #3
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In 1950 I put a 49 Olds in my 34. I made the adaptor
plate out of steel plate. It's so long ago I forgot how
thick it was. G.M.
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Old 01-27-2019, 01:51 PM   #4
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In 1950 I put a 49 Olds in my 34. I made the adaptor
plate out of steel plate. It's so long ago I forgot how
thick it was. G.M.
The adapter plate should be about 5% of the thickness of all the stacked calendars since you did the job!
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Old 01-27-2019, 02:14 PM   #5
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They vary from 3/8" and 1/2" depending on who made it.
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Old 01-27-2019, 03:46 PM   #6
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I have one I removed from my race car that had an Olds mated to a CAE in/out box (early Ford bolt pattern). I think mine was only about 1/4" thick. I still have it so I can measure it if anybody cares.
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Old 01-27-2019, 04:42 PM   #7
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I have one I removed from my race car that had an Olds mated to a CAE in/out box (early Ford bolt pattern). I think mine was only about 1/4" thick. I still have it so I can measure it if anybody cares.
I would.
Are the tapped holes for the transmission same thickness as the rest of the plate

The ones I have, the 2 top bolts for the caddy or olds patter are counter sunk because the flathead bellhousing over laps just a little
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:07 AM   #8
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O k, helped a guy in 1963 put a J-2 in a 40 ford p-u. 1st trial run...no brakes...YIKES!
He also had a 46 p-u with a full house 59a...i'd love to have that 46 now ! FLATHEADS 4EVER !!! m
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As I recall the main problem with putting an Old's V8 into an early Ford V8 is the starter being on the left side which interferes with the steering gears. The Cad engines were much more popular in the EFV8.

The Buick V8 Nail-Heads and Stude V8's also were very popular during the '50's.
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Old 01-28-2019, 12:04 PM   #10
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Only one V8 fit better than a flathead in an old Ford. 8^) Jack E/NJ
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Old 01-28-2019, 03:44 PM   #11
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Only one V8 fit better than a flathead in an old Ford. 8^) Jack E/NJ
True, but only after mid-50s.
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Old 01-28-2019, 07:25 PM   #12
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The stock Olds starter motor position is not an issue in '32-'34 Fords. It becomes an issue with the fatter steering gear boxes starting in '35 and there was a nice Hildebrand bell housing conversion to move it to the right side along with the hardware to relocate the full flow oil filter. Back in the late fifties where I was, Olds engines were the preference over Cadillac engines by at least six to one.
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I stand corrected. Only one V8 fit better than a flathead or an Olds in an old Ford. 8^) Jack E/NJ
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Hurst, became famous back then by offering a kit to install Olds engines in the 35/48 fords included everything you needed to blow the trans and rear axles the first week you got it running. did quit a few of thm
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Hurst, became famous back then by offering a kit to install Olds engines in the 35/48 fords included everything you needed to blow the trans and rear axles the first week you got it running. did quit a few of thm



I remember carrying a supply of axle keys with me in my Buick powered '40 coupe.
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I also carried spare axle keys in my old '36 with a 276 Merc, but mine were shorter than stock and mild steel. They were the first thing to go if I got too rambunctious. I now know that this is not the proper way to transfer power from the axle to the hub, but after replacing just one axle, I felt I had to do something. It got so I could change a key in less than 10 minutes.
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Had a 40 with a 57 olds and a 39 tranny. Never "got on" it as I didn't want to change tranny or broken axle. Never sheared an axle key either. My new 40 has a 59a and 39 tranny, dual 97's and Kogel heads. Still not going to "get on" it.
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Old 01-29-2019, 04:12 PM   #18
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I had a 34 Ford 2 door sedan with a 425 Olds, tri-power, and an automatic back in 1969. Used one of the pumpkin rear ends out of a late 50's Olds. Ran cheater slicks. Zero interior except for a driver seat and a passenger seat. It was a lot of fun between stoplights going from McDonald's to Bill Williams in Houston.
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If you like to follow it on the hamb here is the link...
https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/...-ford.1137536/


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