What 108 years of Ford Engines looks Like.
Don't forget the Model B
You can see the 1905 Model B running on youtube at 2011-09-09_14-03-24_262.3gp
This was at The Henry Ford before the Old Car Festival in 2011.
Model K, 1906-1908. 406 cu. in., dual ignition:
1904 Model A, 2 cyl., 10 hp:
Sorry Mark, I shouldn't have included pre 1906......
Maybe we'll see a Model A and V-8 motors too?
Keep the Ford engine pictures coming. 1903 to ....
Rob, You posted the wrong picture. This is a Ford 406 Cu. in.
Good one Chuck!
Chuck, it just looks different in color
Does this count?
1904 14 -16 hp air cooled Ford:
There was basically no significant evolution between 1908 and 1927 in Ford engines other than the self starter, possibly the most important improvement in the history of internal combustion engines. Even so, Ford was late in adopting it.
Here's the 1912 prototype 6 cylinder Ford from the car that was destroyed by Henry as recounted in the book Tin Lizzie by Stern:
A cover story was released to newspapers, an attempt to convince reporters that the only reason the engine was developed was for 19 year old Edsel's speedster, which is not a credible premise given the sophistication and the amount of work necessary to bring something like this to reality from design.
There was no relationship between the article posted above (that I posted earlier) and the car Henry Ford destroyed upon his return from Europe. It's well documented that the FMC experimental department built at least six 6-cylinder experimental engines, one of which was probably the motor in Edsel's speedster. Another appears to have been in the six cylinder sedan Henry Ford was reported to have driven between 1910 and 1915 ("Reminiscences", E. Liebold, pages 22, 1123 and 1124):
The car destroyed by HF after returning from Europe:
In fact what you have posted supports my statements Rob. I know you don't like it, but it is what it is.
There is no indication the car HF destroyed was a six cylinder. George Brown ("Reminiscences", THF) was purchasing agent, and was ordered to cancel all orders for the new car (That Henry Ford destroyed). Mr. Brown's transcript clearly states the most expensive component of the new car was the body (cancelled orders with Beaudette). I think most reasonable people would conclude there wasn't a six cylinder engine involved with this incident if the body was the most expensive component. Other recollections also mention the incident, with no mention of a six cylinder engine, only that the body was different with a 12 to 15 inch longer chassis.
Mr. Brown, on canceling orders for the new car:
Unfortunately, in my opinion, this is one of the "legends" that have become confused with "fact" in Ford history (that the car Wills, Sorensen and others built while Henry Ford was in Europe was a six cylinder, therefore additional "proof" that Henry Ford "hated" the six cylinder engine). We do know, from Ernest Liebold's transcript, that Henry Ford had a six cylinder sedan during this period. However, we don't see that "fact' represented in any Ford history that I'm aware of.
Now, back to Ford engines. As long as we've on sixes, how about a few more experimental s, the six cylinder racers:
The 1905 version, with Henry Ford driving. I'm not sure, but it looks like possibly a chain driven timer/distributer on top of the motor?
The 1906 version. Some reports say this was a 6X6 engine, (as were the 05 and 07 versions), while some say 6 1/2 X 6. If it's a 6 1/2 inch bore, then over 1100 cu. inches. At 6 X 6 these racers were over 1000 cu. inches:
And the 1907 racer motor:
And as it sits today, off display at THF:
We don't have any evidence of any other prototype engine from the era. It makes perfect sense that Henry would use the prototype chassis and six cylinder engines to make cars for himself, Liebold and Edsel, which in fact he did. Henry made the decision not to proceed with production. We have the engine in the flesh, the car in the flesh, and the story fits perfectly.
There is no car remaining. Liebold clearly described the car HF destroyed as a touring car with four doors. He did not say the car had a different engine (from the Model T). He did describe the body and a longer chassis. Furthermore, George Brown, FMC purchasing agent, cancelled the orders for components, saying that the most expensive part of the new car was the body.
Do you (or anyone) know when Henry Ford (and family) returned from Europe?
Additionally, Edsel Ford drove a six cylinder speedster for sometime. It was developed at Ford Motor Company (as were at least five other six cyl engines), and that was obviously known and acceptable to Henry Ford. And now, we know even HF had a Ford built "special" sedan that was a six cylinder car during this period (Liebold Reminiscences).
let's not forget the X-8 engine that Gene Farkas worked on around 1920. One is on display at The Henry Ford.
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There was a water cooled version also.Bud.