In Volume 30, Number 4 July-August 1995 copy of the Vintage Ford there is a story about a guy (Kirk W.) in Scottsdale Arizona that built a 6 cylinder T engine. The last paragraph in the story reads;
"With the "internals" installed and the other normal assembly completed, we were ready to see if our efforts had been successful. With a few turns, the engine came to life. It sounds great, runs strong-but sounds a lot like a Chevy!"
Was there ever any follow up?
Thank you! Reading the story, it just kinda ended...Great update.
Mike, Thanks for the link!
Kirk was an interesting guy. He left us way too early--RIP.
As I recall, the article in the VF was titled "The Joy of Six". Well read folks will get the joke. Incredible workmanship and engineering. This is what happens when you have too much time on your hands.
Kirk was a great guy. We miss him very much. We provided the grind for his 12 lobe camshaft for the engine. We also had the pleasure of attending the 1ST annual speedster reunion with him at Speedway Motors in Lincoln Nebraska. I presented a history of Glover Ruckstell and the Ruckstell Axle at the meeting. Had a great time when Speedy Bill was still alive.
I don't know why he just didn't go for eight cylinders. Many cars in history have had straight eights. If you are going to have to lengthen a frame, go big.
My thoughts exactly...
Rumor has it that Ford did make an experimental Model T V8.
Yeah, Ken, I have seen that before, My point was since Kirk was already going to use an inline design, why not just join two T blocks together in the fashion that he did to make a six. Making an inline eight would have made it sound like a Packard or a Pontiac. Ha.
I don't think 8 fingers will fit in an Anderson time case. That might have been the reason he didn't merge two blocks together to make an I8.
Could not find or afford a "K" and wanted to go through the process. The idea had been in the back of his mind for many years. If you have the story to read he put a LOT of hours into this project.
The Model T V8 pictured above was not made by Ford, it was made by a big dealer who was, I think, located in the Los Angeles area.
When Ford found out about it they told him to stop, and if he didn't, they would take away his Ford dealership franchise.
He did stop making them, but there is still one or two left, and at least one of them is in a museum somewhere.
There is an original complete V8 like the one above that is hanging on a stand in the show room floor at Snyder's Antique Auto Parts in Ohio. The people there told me that Don Snyder used to start it and run it for customers. This thing is awesome!
I believe the one currently in Snyder's was originally on display at the Henry Ford until they had the auction in the eighties.
I seem to remember the engine being a Jensen.
I wonder how much more powerful the v-8 was. Is there any documentation on its performance?