Although not the first V-8 engine ever produced, Henry Ford’s side-valve
V-8, launched in 1932, certainly qualified as the first mass-produced
V-8 sold to the public. Over time, however, the “Flattie” became the
go-to powerplant for a whole generation of new hobbyists who were called
In Ford Flathead Engines: How to Rebuild & Modify, veteran author Tony
Thacker and flathead guru of H&H Flatheads, Mike Herman, take you
step-by-step through rebuilding a vintage flathead. One of the most
important steps is to actually find a good, usable core; many have been
sitting for a very long time and the engine design is prone to cracking.
Running changes are also an important consideration when selecting a
core, and include cooling system, ignition, and transmission mount.
After you have selected a core, Thacker and Herman take you through the
entire process of a rebuild, including teardown, parts inspection,
machine shop processes, replacement part selection, re-assembly, start
up, and break-in.
Also covered is a unique performance build completed at the H&H shop for
legendary race car team manager and all-around enthusiast Ray Evernham.
It all adds up to more than 500 color photos and insider tips on
building what could be called the most iconic engine ever built, the
Ford flathead V-8.
• This book covers the rebuilding process in over 500 step-by-step photos
• Veteran author Thacker and Flathead expert Herman bring unique insight
and expertise to this book
• Finally, here is a full-color edition covering all the new technology
About the Authors
After stints with the legendary So-Cal Speed Shop, the NHRA museum, and
setting speed records on the salt flats, Tony Thacker wrapped up his
professional career by opening an education museum in the Portland area
called The World of Speed. However, he is far from being retired and is
as busy as ever consulting for a number of clients and works in front of
a computer on his first love: some book projects.
Mike Herman works at the family business of H&H Flatheads in La
Cresenta, California. He has rebuilt countless flatheads of many
different specifications. He has a deep and abiding affinity for this
storied power plant. He intimately knows the design, parts, and best
products for the flathead. In addition, he has assisted Rod & Custom and
Street Rodder magazines with several articles.