Ford & Mercury Flathead V-8 Identification & Rebuilder's Guide

Joe Abbin, the author of Blown Flathead and 335 HP Flathead Ford V-8 Performance Handbook, has produced this comprehensive new book on flathead Ford engine identification and rebuilding.

rebuilder's guide

Stock, or modified, this book will be an essential reference for both engine owners and professional engine builders to help them determine what they have, what they need, and how to achieve a successful flathead rebuild to meet any standard.

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This book is currently available from Roadrunner Engineering, Amazon, and others. Limited Edition, buy it while you can!

This is a softbound, B&W big format, 8.5”x11” book with 184 pages with 184 photos & figures, and 17 charts & tables. ISBN 9780692256602.

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335 HP Flathead Ford V-8 Performance Handbook

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This handbook is packed with flathead Ford building and tuning tips, describing proven combinations for both the street and the track. Complete buildups of both normally aspirated and supercharged flatheads are presented with actual test results. The featured engine, Killer, made over 215 hp naturally aspirated, and 335 hp supercharged! Find out what really works for making serious flathead horsepower without breaking the engine or the budget!

Out-of-print but may still be available from Early Ford V-8 Foundation, Autobooks-Aerobooks, Rodders Journal, Lily Pad Speed Shop, Amazon, Speedway Motors, Honest Charley, Bob Drake, C&G Early Ford, Early Ford Store, Red's Headers and others. The latest version of the Handbook retails for $29.95.

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This is a softbound, big format, 8.5”x11” book with 144 pages and over 120 color and B&W illustrations. ISBN 9780615263847.


Blown FlatheadBlown Flathead

This book is packed with flathead building and tuning tips, test data and proven techniques for outstanding performance at a reasonable cost for both normally aspirated and supercharged engines. Recommended by Bill Smith, Speedway Motors, "The best book on flathead blowers ever written." 120 pages, 55 b&w figures. Out-of-print. New and used copies may still be available from Amazon and Ebay.