Alright, here at Coker Tire, we like Ford Flathead V8 engines. We have one in our Double Exposure ’32 roadster, one in the GR3 roadster pickup, one in my personal ’53 Ford F-100 daily driver….you get the point. Well, this morning we had a couple of guys drop by Honest Charley Speed Shop for a visit, and they happened to be piloting a ’34 Ford five-window coupe, powered by an all aluminum Flathead. Yes, we said all aluminum!
The block is cast from aluminum and features a great number of changes from the original cast iron design. There are several reasons for developing a new aluminum block for the Flathead. The new block is capable of much more horsepower because of additional webbing and four-bolt mains. The block also has a number of upgrades internally, in terms of its intake and exhaust ports, as well as its valve guides.
The man behind it all is Mark Kirby of Motor City Speed Equipment, out of Dundee, Michigan. His traveling partner for this trip was Phil Goller of Goller’s Hot Rods, which is based out of Defiance, Ohio. The duo drove this ’34 Ford to the Turkey Rod Run way down in Daytona Beach, Florida and decided to pay us a visit on the way back home.
Motor City also manufactures aluminum cylinder heads for Flatheads, and plans to build these all aluminum Flatheads in crate engine form. The Flathead in the five-window coupe is the test mule, and Motor City plans to begin production soon.
We love the new engine, and we might just have to figure out a way to get one of our own, as soon as they’re on the market. It was great to meet Mark and Phil, and we hope they have a safe trip back to the cold and snowy territory called Michigan.