Ralph took the block to Evans Speed Equipment for machining. Evans has been machining and building engines since the days after the war–the big war–when dry lakes racing was in its golden era. Jaime Gonzales squared the block, bored it 0.060 over, and turned the crank 10-10. Ralph then assembled the engine using new French rods, four-ring pistons (Flatheads typically use a three-ring piston, the fourth ring is added for extra oil control), and a mild Isky cam. The heads are one of the 200 sets of the rare Wilson & Woods Bonneville heads. He topped it with a Rochester Quadrajet and added a Chevrolet distributor. The carburetor with its small primaries provides excellent throttle response and the distributor offers a wide variety of tuning options over a stock flathead distributor. Jim Warner, of Warner’s Muffler in Oceanside, made the custom headers and exhaust system. Backing up the stout Flathead is a 700-R4 transmission connected by a Wilcap adaptor and shifted with a Lokar shifter, and a 4.11:1 9-inch Ford rearend–a combination that provides for acceleration and comfortable cruising.

If someone had to give this former auto shop teacher a grade on his project, it would have to be an A+. Its vintage engine and modern driveline reflect a high level of ingenuity, producing power and reliability, while the exterior maintains an elegant, low-key look. And extra credit has to be given for the truck’s stance! CCT