An engine of a friend of mine from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Thought it was gonna jump off the stand when we fired it up today. It will be at Hershey.
I didn't know your barn could hold all those horses.
I wonder why Ford waited so long to go to over head valve engines, the extra power that is made from them?
I've never seen that head before. A real treasure! Can you put 3carbs on it? Ford believed in KISS
Looks to be a model B engine, three bolt water pump and can't see the oil return pipe on the rt. side.
"Why did Ford wait so long to go to over head valves", you ask?
why did Chrysler wait until '60 to go to overhead valves on their 6? Why did Pontiac wait so long?
The flat head engines Ford built were never known to bend push rods, break rocker arms, piss oil out of the valve cover or have the oil line plug up going to the rockers.
If Ford wanted more power they would increase the size of the engine. I never heard car owners complain that their cars & trucks were underpowered, they could easily keep up to the Chevys. Only racers needed more power, and they went to overhead noise makers themselves.
Aaron makes the points I would have, if you want an engine to last, you do not go for more power, but less. The early Ford engines were designed to be simple and durable. When you see someone leave a stop light and leave a bit of rubber behind, you know that their daddy is buying their tires for them.
I'd love to stuff something like that in my Midget.
That is a Roof 101 Cyclone four port OHV .
They are being made again in kit form.