Ed you beat me to it. I was getting ready to post it . . It is strange ... do not think it is for a T.
Definitely NOT for a model T Ford. I had read that Ricardo heads were offered for several other makes of cars and industrial engines. This could well be an industrial/marine motor exclusively.
14.5 inch is pretty short for a four cylinder motor. Could maybe be for a Whippet, but I think even they are a bit longer than that.
Just another bit of history.
Someone should have kept the entire motor if much more of it was left.
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
The head maybe off an Universal marine engine -
By 1923 the Universal Motor Company was manufacturing marine motors, industrial engines, engine driven lighting plants (generators), engine driven pumps, and engine driven electric welders. Universal engines were even being used to open the locks of the Panama Canal.
In 1923 Universal standardized on right hand propeller rotation for their marine engines, except for engines built to use a left hand propeller and designated as such with special model numbers.
The 4 cylinder Model C marine engine first introduced in 1915 was still being produced in 1923... by then designated the model C3. It had a brass water pump running off the back of the camshaft, a brass carburetor, a Dixie magneto with brass covers, Rentz brass top plugs, and was fitted with an "in and out" gearbox.
reference - http://www.oldmarineengine.com/discus/messages/3449/262687.html
1923 Universal Model C5 Ricardo head marine engine
No surprise, Sir Harry Ricardo designed the basic combustion chamber shape, it was then applied to many engines.
The Roof 16 valve overhead valve head patent drawings show a Dodge engine.
I wonder if it is for the English Austin 7?
Looks about the correct size and number of head bolts.
It matches the gasket pattern shown in Victor gasket Catalog as being Universal brand marine engine as George suggested and the auction stated.
Currently on CL, 1922 Universal Power Unit with a Ricardo head (I have no connection to seller): http://boston.craigslist.org/sob/pts/5500273426.html
I have a Universal motor and this is the first time I've found anyone who knew about them. Motor came with a Bosch mag and a governor. I think it has a Zenith carb. PK
Years ago we had an antique commercial cement mixer that was powered by a Universal very similar to these and as a kid I thought wouldn't it be neat to build a car scaled to this motor, never did but wished I had it to tinker with now.
Not much info in the Victor Gasket Catalog but here it is ( kind of wide so stretch out to the right):
Thanks Layden. That's more info than I've ever had on this motor. PK