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Old 12-10-2015, 09:43 PM
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Yesterday I came across a mercury flathead v8 out of a 51 Lincoln. The guy says it's all there but needs rebuilt. He is asking $2500 for it. I personally think that is outrageous. I have no need of it, but have several ford friends. I don't want to send them to a guy that is just nuts on his pricing. Is that what they are going for?
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Old 12-10-2015, 10:08 PM
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I've read that you have to buy 8 or 10 to find one that is rebuildable due to cracks. I don't think it is worth much without a machine shop inspection.
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Is he sure it's a Mercury? Lincoln had their own version of the flathead that looks like the Ford/mercury version, but is larger.
$2500 is way too much IMHO. $100 for a core that might not even be any good would be my top dollar, but I'm cheap....
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You can buy runners all day long for less then a grand. And rebuilders for $200 and up. I would of asked the guy where he got his price at.
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I would expect to pay less than $2500 for this: http://fayar.craigslist.org/cto/5317853263.html

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1946 mercury four door project. runs and drives. flathead V8. all original.

Then there's this: http://springfield.craigslist.org/pts/5339365963.html
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I bought 3 and they were too cracked up to fix. Henry Ford had the v8 built from his will, not from good sense of design.
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Price is way out of line. And it doesn't look like a Lincoln Flathead to me. The big Lincoln Flatheads had the distributor at the back of the block. They were 337 Ci's and are really considered boat anchors. They were also used in some of the Ford big trucks. The Mercury flathead was more like the Ford. The Lincoln was different.
There is one for sale near me and the guy wants a grand for it and it is seized up. Claims that it came from a fire truck with only 6000 miles on it.
The price of running flatheads seems to be becoming more reasonable as of late but there is always going to be someone that thinks theirs is worth a fortune.
Here is the link to the one near me.
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It has Mercury stamped in the head.
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It has Mercury stamped in the head.
It would have to be stamped in gold to worth what they are asking for it.
Compression on the Mercury Engines is actually lower than the Ford due to the chamber size in the head.
Most guys buy them for the bigger crank and use the internals to stroke and bore the Ford block.
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You can buy runners all day long for less then a grand. And rebuilders for $200 and up. I would of asked the guy where he got his price at.
I agree with you Willys ... A running flatty , I mean one you can hear RUN is well worth top price of a grand .... I have a bone yard of "" it turns over " and ""ran when parked "" motors out back ....
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