Cubs and flat heads

Fri Jun 28, 2013 6:09 am

Cub production stopped in 1979 , was 79 also the last year of large flat head engines :?:

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:04 am

I'm no expert but I think the Cub was the only Farmall with a flat head. When they were done flat heads were done.

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Fri Jun 28, 2013 7:16 am

The basic cub engine continued into the numbered loboys (154, 185,184). Also I believe some of the early F-12s used a flathead engine. I.H. outsourced the F-12 engine until their own design was ready.

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:38 pm

Guess I should phrase the question differently, flat heads in general were of the 20's to 40's time period then OHV started taking over and of course the Cub with its flat head was still in production up to 1979, question is after 1979 was any manufacturer other than the small single piston lawn mower engine companies still making a flat head :?:

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Mon Jul 01, 2013 12:23 pm

because of the simplicity and reliability i have seen a lot of fork lifts and have heard of boats using flat heads.
so a look at industrial engines might be interesting

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Mon Jul 01, 2013 1:04 pm

Dodge and Plymouth used a 6 cylinder flat head. I think up to 1957 or 1959. Then they went to the slant 6 cylinder.

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Mon Jul 01, 2013 7:11 pm

A lot of the older forklifts had a Continental or Waukesha (or even Jeep) engine. A lot of other industrial applications used the same or Chrysler engines. I don't think any of them were still building flatheads by '79. A lot of newer forklifts have OHV engines. I can't think of any other flatheads in production in '79, other than the 1 or 2 cylinder engines such as Koehler etc.

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Mon Jul 01, 2013 9:52 pm

I've been Gooogling and thinking and come to the conclusion that the Cub was most likely the last production flat head, going to keep on researching it , kinda cool info imop ,

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Tue Jul 02, 2013 5:34 am

Nothing sweeter than a 53 Ford Flathead V-8.....Ford went to overhead in 54....I'm not sure of their tractors.....But their cars went from 32-54 with a flathead V8, I believe....Dave

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Tue Jul 02, 2013 7:44 am

pickerandsinger wrote:Nothing sweeter than a 53 Ford Flathead V-8.....Ford went to overhead in 54....I'm not sure of their tractors.....But their cars went from 32-54 with a flathead V8, I believe....Dave


I totally agree! I myself have had my 1953 ford F-100 flathead V-8 for 22 years now. 2 years ago a good friend gave me his Jubilee Ford tractor that had some issues with it. got it running great after some work and good tuneup. Now I have both the Ford truck and Ford jubilee 50th Ford anniversary pieces. The flathead truck engine is my favorite, the Jubilee does have the overhead valve which started on tractors in 53.
In 1954 all ford vehicles in US went to overhead valve I have heard. in Canada the Flatheads in Fords hung around awhile longer.

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:02 am

I saw a ford 8N last year at a tractor show with a flathead ford V8 in it.....I guess they at one time made a kit for the application.....Cool....

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:04 am

StaufferV8.com

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:17 am

Continental flathead last produced....1985.....Interesting note... flathead plymouth 1950 got 30 mpg.....If you believe everything on the internet....lol....Well, ol Flathead is off to the garden....

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Tue Jul 02, 2013 8:39 am

The Harley Davidson 45" flathead was in production until 74, they came out in 32

Re: Cubs and flat heads

Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:39 pm

Must be getting old Tim :headbang I totally forgot about Harleys.... :lol: Haven't even fired mine up yet :oops: