FordFlathead V8 Engine Time Lapse - Redline Rebuilds Explained | Hagerty Articles


With a brand new Redline Rebuild time lapse video a little over a month away, we thought we'd give our engine rebuild specialist, Davin Reckow, a break from all the grease and grime of the garage. Davin is joined by the Ben Woodworth, the guy behind the camera for all these time lapse rebuild videos. Together they take a deep dive into the details of rebuilding this classic Ford engine. Spend some time with as we discuss the process of rebuilding a Ford Flathead V-8 engine that was sourced during our Swap to Street 100-hour build of a 1946 Ford pickup at the 2015 Hershey Swap Meet. It faithfully chugged along for over 4000 miles before we decided to give it the rebuild it deserved.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.hagerty.com/articles-videos/articles/2017/08/29/flathead-engine-rebuild-commentary


Hey guys you failed to strap the 3 main bearings on the flathead to add strength. With that hotter cam, carbs and higher compression you might be heading for problems.


You removed the valve/spring assy the hard way. There is a “C” shaped removal tool that inserts into the c-tab retainer hole and you simply hit the other end of the tool with a hammer to remove the retainer clip. Then the entire valve assy is removed as a unit. Saves a lot of time.


Thanks for the tip “TexNorton”

Where can I get this tool ?


Dear Hagerty: can you share costs for the rebuild?

  1. Hours labor
  2. Parts
  3. Services outsourced


We will get you parts $$, but the time is not representative of what a rebuild takes. The guys add a bunch of time framing shots and in some cases repeating the process.

What engine would you hope we do next?


Very good video on flathead rebuild, I saw when you installed the cam and cam gear assembly in the block the oil galley plug behind the gear was not installed. With out it no oil pressure.


Is there a video or post that explains the process and reason behind using Arden Heads and how they work vs. the regular “flat heads?” I’ve seen a few pictures of hot rods with the Arden Heads, some even with superchargers added, but have never read anything about what performance gains either one or both are capable of adding to the flat head motors. Is there a site address that gives details?


Very interesting! Thanks guys!


Thanks for the great informative video! I didn’t know much about Flatheads and learned some interesting tidbits such as they used a gear drive on the camshaft and two water pumps. Like a V8 lawnmower engine indeed! I would like to have seen the combustion chamber-side of the heads (both originals and the Edelbrocks) to compare them, and also what you did to the crankshaft. Loved the well-paced commentary!