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Hugh Pardo
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Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 08:19 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a '32 grew 3cockpit barrel back. Acording to the old fellow that sold it to my father the original engine was to slow so it was replaced with a 1932 ford flathead v8.It hasn't run in 25 years but has had oil put in the sparkplug holes and turn over with a wrench from time to time. It's not frozen but the exhaust manifolds have been cracked and brazed many places long before my time.I'm trying to idenify the engine so as to hunt down new manifolds before getting in rebiult. It has "ford" cast in the heads. WHere would I look for ID #'s?It's time to put the old girl back in the water.
Any help greatly appreciated. thanks Hugh
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repete
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Posted on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 11:22 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello Hugh,

Glad to see Im not the only nut whos interested in marine Flatheads. Im restoring a mid 30s Peterborough runabout which has an Osco conversion Flathead. Do you know which company did the marine conversion for your flathead? Looking at the flame arrester or transmission may help. Knowing which Flathead block you have is not really important as the exhaust manifolds are interchangeable. Do you have any pictures you can send me?

Peter.
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repete
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Posted on Wednesday, March 23, 2005 - 10:28 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hugh,

If you haven't found a set of exhaust manifolds yet let me know as I've have a set that may work.

Peter.
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hugh pardo
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Posted on Friday, April 01, 2005 - 09:38 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Peter'
This engine has a kermath transmission(that needs 3 cover bolt holes retapped)but pardon my ignorance but "flame arrester"???.Just getting started so I'llhave to have a closer look at the hole tranny to see if there is any markings.
I'll check into getting e'mail pics
Thanks Hugh
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repete
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Posted on Monday, April 04, 2005 - 01:41 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP Print Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hugh,
Since Flatheads were not originally designed to be marine engines, companies like Kermath, OSCO and St. Lawrence put together conversion kits which enabled these engines to run in boats. The kits included the transmission (often a Paragon), water cooled exhaust manifolds, external water pumps, offset for the carburetor and the flame arrest (air filter). The flame arrest prevented a back-fire from setting the boat on fire. As I mentioned earlier, I know someone who has a set of exhaust manifolds for sale that would fit the engine. One concern is that the output of the manifold is angled down and this may be a problem.

Peter.

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