2013 Gold Cup Ford Flathead Powered John V8 Deere 200 Lawnmower Tractor Nostalgia Drag Racing
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August 17-18, 2013 - Third Annual Gold Cup - Empire Dragway
I don't know which is cooler. A '37 Ford Flathead stuffed between the
frame rails of an early 70s John Deere 200 lawn tractor, or the fact that a
then 16-year-old kid from Lottsville, Pennsylvania, designed, built and
owns it. I think I'll just roll with both on the equally cool meter.
While roaming the pits of the 2013 Gold Cup at Empire Dragway, my husband,
Mark, happened upon Todd and Wanda Johnson's pit area and found this
uber-unique pit vehicle. It's not like we were at a county fair; it was a
Gasser meet, after all. During the between rounds pit visit, Mark was able
to get a quick chat in with Todd Johnson who stated that his son, Tyler,
built the entire combination and where they were from. Armed with that
info, I was able to track Tyler down to find out the "hows and whys" of
Me -- "So what was the inspiration behind the this project?"
Tyler --"Well, way back in the day, I used to restore and pull old John
Deeres. A customer of ours knew this and told my dad that he had an old
lawn mower that quit running and was just sitting in his barnyard. He said
I was welcome to it and see if I could get it running again. I was 14,
maybe 15, when we got it. We brought it home, and I ripped the motor apart
only to discover it just wasn't repairable."
Me-(chuckling to myself over the "back in the day" response) "And you're
how old now?"
Tyler --"I'm 23 now."
Me- "Okay. So the John Deere engine is a no-go, how did the Flathead come
about as a replacement?"
Tyler --"About a year before getting the lawnmower, we went to an auction
and bought a few Flatheads. One of them was a complete car that we paid 10
bucks for. We were told the car ran when it was parked over four decades
earlier, but in reality it was beyond junk. We were surprised it even made
it home on the trailer. The closer we got to home, the more the rusted out
body kept leaning to one side. We ended up salvaging the engine, rear end
and transmission, and scrapped everything else. Those parts sat untouched
until one day I drug it into the garage to see if I could get it running.
It was just a motor and tranny sitting on the floor with a battery hooked
up and some tape holding the spark plug wires together. I sprayed some gas
down the carb and hit the starter with some power and it lit right off.
That was enough for us to decide that was the motor we wanted to run."
"With that in mind, I visited a friend of mine who was already building a
Cub Cadet with a V6 and I got the tape measure out to see if it would fit
in the John Deere. I measured the John Deere and decided then that we
could make his plan work. This was December of 2006. For Christmas, my
parents bought me some C Channel for a frame and I started there. However,
my mom put a $200 budget cap on the project. I used a rear axle from a
mid-80s S-10. I wanted the wheelbase to be as close to original as I could
get it, so there's no drive shaft it's just a u-joint instead. I made the
rear fenders 4" wider, and it still has the lawnmower front axle (which I
want to change soon)."
Me --"This is great stuff, Tyler. How long did it take you to build, and
what are your future plans?"
Tyler -- "I finished building it in 2007 when I was 16, and it didn't quite
take a year to build. Progress slowed down when it got to the point of me
starting to drive. Right now, I can't run it too long before it overheats,
and I want to rebuild it so it has a radiator. But I started working on my
Karmann Ghia, and so the lawnmower plans are now on hold."
John Deere Ford Flathead V8 Rat Rod
1932 Roadster Flathead V12
Some footage of my dad's 1932 Roadster with a 1948 Lincoln V12 flathead.
Captured with a GoPro Hero HD camera.
Ford Flathead 59AB
Removing the head from a 1947 Ford flathead after sitting for 30 plus years
with water in it.
Ford Flat Head Motor For Sale sold! sold! sold!
This motor is in perfect condition and is original equipment for 1942-1948
Fords and Mercurys.
The Transmission and OD rear-end is also for sale.
Bid on EBAY, or call 949-831-1282
Flathead Ford Engine Start Up
we found this in a field. we kept the stock crank, rods, and pistons. this
has new valves and guides. new crane cam, and aftermarket edelbrock heads,
with fenton duel 2x2 intake with a pair of rebuilt holley 94's. i added
headers with harley davidson mufflers, and a high torque mini starter. ive
had some of my friends laugh at my color scheme, they thought it should be
in a circus. a girl on a facebook page thought it was a spaceship so we
launched it today.
Lincoln Zephyr V12
This is a video of a Lincoln Zephyr V12 engine break in. This engine will
be installed in a 1939 Zephyr 4 door sedan. The last time the car saw day
light was in 1970 and has been in storage ever since. After this video was
shot more detail to the engine was done including the Exhaust system coated to deflect the heat and
also to have it as per the original appearance from the factory.
1935 Ford Flathead Startup
1935 Ford Flathead Startup Rod 5 window coupe with 1937 21 stud flathead
dual carb Holley 94 offenhauser intake barn find no rust
I'm well aware that ether is bad. Thanks for the concerns.
1947 Ford engine starting after 31 years
Old Henry, our 1947 Ford, engine starting after 31 years.
For video of the car's first drive shortly after click here:
For video of the car's second drive with the old man that purchased the car
in 1959 click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OImNZD7L6U
For later photos of the car restored and on the road click here:
Here's a recent one driving in the snow:
Here are all of the road trips he's been on since we restored him:
Monument Valley in March 2013:
Bryce Canyon in February 2013:
Milford, Utah in December 2012:
Nevada and Idaho in November 2012:
Rocky Mountain National Park in September 2012:
Yellowstone National Park in May 2012:
Death Valley in February 2012:
Pike's Peak in July 2011:
Route 66 in April 2010:
Startup Ford Flathead 265cui Isky 400
First "pop" today - 24/9 2011. After some adjustments to a tricky fuel pump
the engines runs and sound nice and really strong...
# Ford Flathead 59L block, bored 3 3/16 + 0.060"
# 4" Mercury crank # Ross-Racing forged pistons
# Navarro std dome polished heads, machined for bigger valves/higher lift.
# Isky 400jr camshaft # Johnson adjustable lifters
# Chevy 1.60" stainless valves in/exh.
# Original ´46 distributor with petronix 12V conversion
Test run performed with a single Stromberg 97 on a standard intake. This
will be upgraded to a Thickstun hi-rise 2 x 2 intake...
This practically engine will be dropped down between the frame rails of a
´36 Ford 3W Coupe... /JE