Parts, Manuals and More in Wisconsin
John Gunnell - April 17, 2014 10:57 AM
Jack Meyer enjoys talking about flathead V-8s engines.John Gunnell
Piston and connecting rod assemblies are organized and carefully stored.John Gunnell
Fans of the flathead Ford often dream of finding a building filled with parts, hardware and speed equipment for Henry Ford’s once-revolutionary V-8. Jack Meyer of Oshkosh, Wisconsin—a.k.a. “Flatjack”—owns that place and a big collection of L-head Ford parts collected for his engine rebuilding service.
Scores of camshafts hang from the rafters. A heavy board mounted vertically on Jack’s heavy-duty shelving holds an assortment of cylinder heads. Another is filled with intakes bearing legendary names like Fenton, Edmunds and Offenhauser. A third board houses dozens of piston and rod assemblies.
Meyer found his hoard of Ford stuff at swap meets, auctions, on the Internet and junkyard excursions. A plumber by profession, Meyer has been rebuilding Ford flathead V-8s for a long time and knows some special techniques. In addition parts, he has collected many of the manuals that once guided Ford’s factory technicians through the engine rebuilding process.
Flatjack admits that he has more flathead parts in stock than he can ever use himself. Collecting them is part of his hobby, but he also helps other enthusiasts get the parts they need or get their engines expertly rebuilt. Most of those he helps learn about him through word of mouth. He doesn’t have a website or cell phone number, but his calling card lists his number as (920) 235-2300.
Meyer continues to look for new sources of flathead parts, but admits they are not as common as they once were. Still, Jack is finding parts that owners wouldn’t have dreamed of parting with 10 years ago.