Flatheads have always been good to me but I much prefer the SBC for reliability and serviceability. Â If you break down you can easily find parts for the SBC but you will need to carry spare parts in the trunk for your flathead motor. Â I have limped many of them home from 50 miles or so but nothing major ever happened to the motor that seemed difficult to repair if you had the parts. Â The SBC could be repaired at any parts store you could locate. Â I have carried an extra coil and distributor from time to time as I didn’t trust the Mallory Unilite Module when they first came out. Â If you like the old distributor look simply add a Pertronix module and your worries are over.
I am still looking at interiors this week and have selected a few more I like. Â Comfort is the key with styling being a personal choice for most builders. Â A good upholstery shop can offer you a portfolio of their work or you can purchase some real good interior books at the bookstore. Â Ron Mangus has a great book out showcasing some of his designs. Â I find taking a photo of what I like and showing it to the upholstery really helps them with your design preference. Â Save your money as $15K upholstery jobs are real common with the big shops. Â The top is extra.
I am headed to lunch so….
Everything that could go wrong is right there in front of you so a repair is not difficult to do on the road.
Note this very nice standard interior with everything painted Briarwood Brown (stock 40 interior color) and a later model heater installed that works perfectly. Â If you look closely at the driver’s side kick panel you can see the Secret Audio radio head. Â The interior is a Labaron Bonney kit and looks fantastic in this “Girlie” car.
This is a nice installation of a SBC using the OEM look as opposed to chrome and bling. Â Orv does it right all the time.
Here is another nice interior in a 40 convertible. Â He maintained the early look with a modern touch in the arm rest and steering wheel.
I am still looking for the flat rear bumper for Andre and will probably end up making one to fit. Â I know where there is a 41 pickup with this bumper attached. Â I am not sure they are the same but the Green Book said they came both ways.
Here is another 40 pickup with a larger pleated interior than yesterday’s. Â This looks very nice also. Â I need to shorten my legs to fit in these cabs.
Andy and Steve asked about the use of the Cadillac air cleaner so here is a photo of lots of bling in a 40 pickup with a SBC. Â The Olds valve covers are popular with hot rodders today. Â In my day we put Olds engines in our 40’s. Â Parts would be impossible to find on the road if you broke down with an Olds engine today.
I like this photo because it shows a very nice sedan delivery in a sea of 40’s. Â The Forty Day at LaPalma is a show you don’t want to miss if you like 40 Fords.
Dan of Poor Boys Hot Rods has one of the finest B400’s I have seen in a long time. Â Old Chester Gary with black fenders, General Jumbo wheels and a Pines Winter front make it a high point car.