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Old 06-04-2012, 06:41 PM   #1
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Default ... and the Flathead roared to life

I finally assembled and installed everything necessary to start up my 8BA for the first time last night. It was awesome. I bought this engine last summer, and took some of it apart to clean it up and paint it. Now it sits in my 51 Mercury chassis. I replaced the distributor with a Bubba's Chevy conversion unit, a 12 volt Andover coil, 12 volt generator, added Red's Header's, and a Merc-o-matic transmission. You guys might like the third video the most.


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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UUkf1nJAWiY
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C8e_d3LMy-c
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Old 06-04-2012, 06:59 PM   #2
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Default Re: ... and the Flathead roared to life

#3 does give you an idea how hot the exhaust is when going through the block heating the water ... nice video, thanks

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Old 06-04-2012, 07:08 PM   #3
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Nice video, sounds good Hope to fire mine up soon.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:32 PM   #4
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was that hi-temp paint on the tranny? how did it hold up to the heat from the flames?
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:56 PM   #5
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is the chevy distributor manual or vacum
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:13 PM   #6
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Is that "Elvis Gold" paint ??? You know theres only two colors allowed in Ky? Elevis gold and Ky chrome ( silver)...
just kidding ya know ..........
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Old 06-04-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Looks and sounds Great!! Good job! can't wait to see the finished product!
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Old 06-04-2012, 10:09 PM   #8
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Thanks guys, I wanted to get a good Flathead video like #3. The flames out of the headers is just cool! The engine paint is a high temp paint, either 1300 or 2000 degrees ( I can't remember at the moment) called Burnt Copper from VHT. The Bubba Chevy conversion distributor is a mechanical advance.

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Old 06-04-2012, 10:17 PM   #9
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To see more of the rest of the car, jump on over to the jalopy journal here:
http://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/s...d.php?t=641282
It's the link to my build thread, a 1951 Mercury coupe
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Old 06-04-2012, 11:19 PM   #10
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1951 merc my favorite year I owned one in 1980....that was the second flathead i rebuilt....your car is very nice...good luck....gump
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