Did Ford put cotter pins in the castle nuts that are on the engine? The '14 Touring I bought has all lock washers, but they sure look like they have holes for cotter pins.
Yes. But rebuilders today will often use lock washers on the two big nuts where the throttle linkage passes through the engine. Easier to remove when the time comes.
Bill are you talking about the big nuts that hold that mains in the engine or do you mean the block-to-pan nuts? I believe all of them were cotter-pinned originally.
Steve, you posted a thread I think some time last year where you had gone through and lined up and cotter-pinned all of your block-to-pan nuts/bolts. There were some great pictures. I'm trying to find the thread but I can't remember if it was a thread you started, or if you were responding to someone else.
Maybe these. I cheat and use stainless pins.
Ford started using lock washers and dropped the cotter pins on the crank case bolts december 2, 1924 (documented in a feb. 2, 1925 letter) according to the encyclopedia:
The holed bolts and castle-nuts that hold my oil pan (crankcase pan?) and engine block together should have cotter-pins in 'em, but they don't. Of that multitude, most are difficult to access for pinning and it's just easier for me to crawl underneath with a couple of wrenches and do a once-a-year check of tightness.
So far, I've noticed no problem with those nuts and bolts loosening up. That seems odd because we're talking about the center of the core of the part of the car that produces at least as much vibration as it does horsepower. But hey, when I get inexplicably blessed, I don't try to solve the mystery. I just look up and say, "Thank You."