Ford Flathead V8 Powered Trike!


Have an old Ford Flathead V8 laying around? Great, build a trike around it. Take a look at this beautifully engineered custom trike powered by a 1946 Ford Flathead V8.

This Ford Flathead V8 is a stroker (meaning the size was increased by adding a longer stroke to the connecting rods). We are not sure of the current cubic inches but an original flathead (depending on the size model) made around 65-85hp. With a longer stroke and a modern Mallory ignition, this trike makes anywhere from 100-150hp. Not breathtaking in the way of power, but then again, that’s not really the point.

The bike was built in 2006, featuring a ton of custom goodies including handlebars with integrated throttle cables, and an elegant gas tank. Notice the chrome grill in the center of the tank? It’s a cover for the engine’s intake.

It looks like they started with a Harley-Davidson Servi-car chassis, which was a service three-wheeler motorcycle used for everything from police officers to funeral homes and ice cream trucks (although, hopefully not two of those jobs for a single trike).

The street rod style wheels are an updated Model A spoked rear wheel wrapped in Goodyear Eagle F1 285/40ZR17 tires. Up front the 21-inch wheel is wrapped in modern Metzler rubber.

It uses a leaf-spring suspension on the seat, and what looks like a shortened Model A rear axle that is solid mounted to the frame. Luckily they were able to keep reverse gear in the original transmission.

The trike was up for sale on eBay a while back, so hopefully it has a good home with a caring new owner.