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    Ford flathead V8 i.d. please type ☆B18F☆

    In a few days i have to register my 32 tudor for a Dutch registration.
    Original engine was cracked and not worth repairing.
    For registration i probably have to prove where it came out and what specifications it has.
    Engine now be a 1937 out of probably a firetruck.
    Engine number starts with ☆B18F☆
    Anyone has an idea where it came out originally.
    Some numbers also look odd .
    Any help is appriciated
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    the engine. The engine serial number is stamped into the top of the flange of the transmission where it bolts to the bell housing. This was done to simplify registering the vehicle in jurisdictions where the engine number is recorded on the vehicle registration form. By stamping the serial number on the transmission, the owner did not have to change the registration when he replaced a worn out engine. So that means if the engine is of the correct year for the vehicle it is installed in, it is a numbers matching engine.




    YEAR

    ENGINE TYPE

    MODEL DESIGNATION


    1932

    V8-85

    18


    1933

    V8-85

    40


    1934

    V8-85

    40


    1935

    V8-85

    48


    1936

    V8-85

    68


    1937

    V8-60

    V8-85

    74

    78


    1938

    V8-60

    V8-85

    82A

    81A


    1939

    V8-60

    V8-85

    922A

    91A


    1940

    V8-60

    V8-85

    022A

    01A


    1941

    V8

    11A


    1942

    V8

    21A


    1945
    V8 59A

    1946

    V8

    69A


    1947

    V8

    79A


    1948

    V8

    89A


    1949

    V8

    V8

    8BA

    8EQ*


    1950

    V8

    0BA

    8EQ*


    1951

    V8

    1BA

    8EQ*


    1952

    V8

    2BA

    8EQ*


    1953

    V8

    3BA

    8EQ*


    1954

    V8

    3BA

    8EQ*

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    Flathead Date Code

    On late model flatheads without the bellhousing cast into the block, there is a code stamped on the right rear corner of the intake gasket face of the block which will give you the manufacturing date of your flathead Ford or Mercury. You can see it with the intake manifold and heads still on the engine.

    It consists of a series of a letter, a one or two digit number, and a second letter. The first letter is the month. The number is the day, and the second letter is the last digit of the year.

    The letter code is M=0, G=1, B=2, L=3, A=4, C=5, K=6, H=7, T=8, R=9, S=10, E=11, F=12.

    G 20 B would be an engine manufactured on January 20, 1952.

    As for the other styles of blocks, most folks can identify the engine series if not the exact date of assembly. If you can't, refer to one of the flathead books available or one of the other flathead web sites.

    I should credit Flathead Jack's catalog as my first source for this information, although I have now seen it in several places.

    Please remember that it is possible, even likely, that the year the engine was assembled will be the year before the car's model year. Also, I have heard, but never verified, that if Ford rebuilt an engine, they changed the date code to reflect the rebuild. I have seen flatheads on which the date code appeared to be missing, although I suspect this is an artifact of time, rust, and/or machining.

    Here are four photos to help you find the code. I hope this is helpful.

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    American V8s didn't have the number stamped on the block but British and I guess (some) European countries may have been stamped to meet local requirements. As I understand it, 18 means V8 and F means 'foreign', as in right hand drive. I had a South African '34 Tudor and the number started with C18TF. I can't remember what the C meant - maybe Model C although B on yours wouldn't be Model B if it was from a '37? Never got a straight answer on the T either!

    PS Is it a pump-in-block or pump-in-head engine?
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    Form what I have sourced. B = Truck 18 = 1932 with a 221 cu in ( 3.6 L ) V8 engine F = Right Hand Drive

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    It`s possible the *B18F* could be a reference to part of the chassis ID number, which is the nearest I`ve seen in that kind of sequence; also in some European countries both the chassis and engine number were the same.

    My original `32 frame has it`s number stamped on the frame itself and starts *C18D*, this particular code meant that my frame came from Canada (C) in knock down form, was a V8 (model 18) and was assembled in Dagenham (D), hence the C18D ****.
    If it is a chassis number and being a European motor it`s possible it was a Belgium built car (B) a V8 (18); but, Fords Belgium plant was in Genk, which obviously doesn`t fit with the letter `F`!...
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    And the numbers look fine - I have some Pilot engines with the same oddball font. I think was a European thing as American chassis that I've had had simpler characters but English ones had these stylised ones.
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    Okay. thank you all for the reply. I hope the inspection will be without to much hassle

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