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JANUARY 2020 THE SHOP 45 PRECISION ENGINE mised engine design from the get-go with the exhaust passages running through the block and an equally compromised cooling system. However, keep 'em cool and they'll run forever, as evidenced by David Steele, director of the American Hot Rod Founda- tion. His daily driver is a flathead-powered Model A Roadster pickup originally built by Tommy Sparks. "Old hot rods definitely need to be tinkered with," says Steele, "but they are essentially reliable, and I drive Tommy's RPU (Roadster pickup) all over L.A., where it can get very hot, and frequently on runs with the Pasadena Roadster Club with very few problems." For a final word we spoke to Bob Wilson, editorial director at CarTech, who pub- lished Mike Herman's successful book How to Rebuild & Modify Ford Flathead Engines. "While the world has witnessed an evo- lution in hot rodding with modern tech- nologies and power plants, there always seems to be the biggest crowd of people at shows around the flattie-powered cars," Wilson notes. "To this day, they remain more interesting than their more modern counterparts." B o r n i n E n g l a n d , TO N Y THACKER is an accredited automotive journalist, author and book publisher, and served as marketing director at the famed SO-CAL Speed Shop. A set of ARDUN heads—not cheap! Events around the globe are keeping the love of flatheads alive. Fits 2006-10 Mustang GT 4.6L, and 2011-17 Ford Mustang GT, Boss, GT350, and GT500 5.0L Coyote applications. For a complete list of products visit OEM heritage AFTERMARKET excellence

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