Most of us have had the experience at an auction of buying a pile of stuff to get something that's in the pile. Sometimes when you sort things out later you find some interesting items. That brings me to this engine. I thought maybe Ford Model A (I don't know anything about those modern cars) but so far I haven't found any Ford markings on the block or the rods. Can anybody tell me what this is? Do the stars before and after the serial number mean Durant?
January 1929 Model A per the stamped number. If the pad is as-cast, then they're probably original to the block. Stars were originally stamped before and after the number. Numbers also became a special font later in production to discourage tampering.
Model A engine, January 1929
OK, thanks. I suspected Model A, but the lack of a Ford logo anywhere had me wondering because it's on lots of T parts
Is it one of the desirable super strong (extra thick castings) engines or a standard model A engine?
The front cover is for a solid front mount, not the usual sprung mount--can't remember when that change happened, thought it was way before '29, although the later mount will bolt up to it just fine. The bracket looks like it MIGHT be for a powerhouse generator, another 'early' A feature.
Kep, unless it has a 5 bearing camshaft support, it's just a standard block.
As stated, 1-29 Model A engine. The front cover has been messed with so it may not be original to this engine. Even so, it is the correct type since ford used this type till all were gone before the change to the later style. The block has the characteristics of ma 5 cam bearing block but the exterior bosses on the rear are not always the best indicator. The block is too early to be a reinforced block which have the diamond or a 31 build date. The pad and number look like the originals. A look inside would confirm the cam bearing quandary.
I have a collection of parts from these motors which include 30 blocks, many pans, timing covers from 28-38, and dipper trays, all to study the changes from 28 to end of production.