Historic Engines - The Ford Model T

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Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Tom Magee on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 01:28 am:

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I have only skimmed over the article but it seems rather positive regarding Henry's stove.

Here is the link:

http://www.enginelabs.com/engine-tech/engine/historic-engines-the-ford-model-t/


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Gary Blake, Kansas City on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 09:15 am:

Yes, very positive and surprisingly free of a lot of the mythological misinformation that surrounds the Model T. We could quibble on some minor technical details but no need for that.

I am surprised no mention made of the detachable cylinder head or single casting for the block. Weren't those a firsts for the industry?


Top of pagePrevious messageNext messageBottom of page Link to this message  By Royce in Dallas TX on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 11:34 am:

Gary,

They were not firsts for the industry, but the Model T combined a variety of features that packaged together made the Model T revolutionary for offering so many advanced features in a relatively low priced car.

The Model T ignition system, light weight, en - block crankcase, detachable cylinder head, and enclosed clutch / gearbox features were all very advanced for the 1909 model year. More importantly, the design was easy to assemble, utterly reliable, and adapted well when Ford moved to mass production assembly line techniques in 1913 model year.

Then there is the streamlined company management and design staff, which were directed by the same person. This created a powerful combination of forces that understood both the market and the engineering. Henry did what no team of beaurocrats and engineering and salesmen could have ever done. His decisions were sound and there was no competition that ever threatened the Model T until the mid 1920's.


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