Does not look like there is a firewall between the engine and driver.
Very cool! The Mt. Clemens Speedway was in operation into the 1980's I believe. I live maybe 15 minutes from there.
Interesting terms. I had not considered that the word "Flathead" would have been used that early. It makes sense as Buicks and Chevys had overheads. Fords had "Dashboards" I assume the word "Firewall" came with fuel pumps. Or were there a lot of leaking carburetors?
I believe "dashboard" is a carryover word from the buggy/carriage era, while "firewall" probably came into use shortly after the first instances of engine fires, which probably happened at a very early date. Obviously, for a long time both words were, and still are, used.
Car manufacturers today do not use the word "firewall", as it suggests it will contain a fire, which it will not, hence potential lawsuits. It's known as a bulkhead, which seems to prevent litigation, so far anyway...
Jerry, I was just going to reply with the word "bulkhead"!
Certainly dashboard is a carryover from horse drawn vehicles, it keeps them from dashing on your feet!
Had always suspected that firewall came into use when instruments moved from near the engine to a new panel closer to the passengers. Instead of using the British "instrument panel" we call it the dash.
Does anyone have picture(s) of a SOHC Green Engineering race car?
Would really appreciate seeing same. Thanks
At one time the phrase "instrument board" was used too.