i seen a thread from 2012, where some were talking about a motor that my great grandfather built. he did it in 1919 and it has been in the family ever since. i couldn't figure out how to post in that thread, so i thought i would create a thread and share some pictures. cheers!
Being a proponent of 6 cylinder Fords, great thread. There were other 6 cylinder Fords built "in the day." At least one was a successful racer.
Thanks for posting.....
Some years ago there was a feature article in the VF mag about one of these. I believe the builder was Kirk Wright? Article was titled "The joy of six" Some guys have too much time on their hands. I wish I did.
Here's the 2012 thread on four to six conversions: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/257047/288037.html?1337594869
It's impressive that a crankshaft that was welded together from five pieces in 1919 is still holding up
I wonder how much it has been run?
Maybe we shouldn't discard cracked cranks found with magnafluxing - they could be welded and used for years afterwards?
Thank you for adding the photos and additional history on the engine. Is it still mounted in the 1926-27 style Roadster Pickup chassis?
This appears to be your first posting -- welcome to the forum!
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Ford did build a six cylinder Model T ford ,it was the model J . When I was young I would go to all the old garages in all the near by towns looking T parts . That's were I first was told of a man that had a six cylinder Model T back in the day . Later I read a article on the Model J Ford . There was also a six cylinder Model N Ford .
Oh, what could have been if Henry hadn't despised the poor 6 cylinder.
Here is a short story from "Secrets" magazine (Secrets of Speed Society) about Kirk Wright's 6cyl. T.
this is the chassis it's currently in. 26 model extended 10"
Ford did not dislike the 6 cylinder it was the cost. That has been gone over many times here on this forum.
Believe it or don't, there was also a five cylinder Model T. I saw one in a museum in about 1960.
Angelo, that's a fascinating piece of history, thanks for sharing both the story and the pictures! Do you plan to get it back on the road?
Very interesting photos. What crank is in the engine and is there only 3 bearings in the block ?
Just got answer from the article . Did't notice the text at first.
Angelo, I used to tour with Jim in the old 6 cyl. roadster pick up. Enjoyed every minute of it, great guy, fascinating well done conversion on that engine. Hard to see where they were joined together. Sad loss when we lost Jim and I often wondered where the car ended up.
Ed aka #4
very cool to hear Ed! my grandpa would drive dad around in it when he was 4 or so years old, and dad would drive me around at around the same age. i now have a lil girl going on 4 so i am about to do the same. she still runs, but only for a few seconds. i have to rebuild the carb and she will be as good as new!
That obviously was quite an accomplishment to have done it and it be dependable enough to use it. Great story. I have heard that someone also built a V8 model t engine.
Angelo, it's great that you still have this car!
Having a family heirloom car like this is cool.
Having a family heirloom car modified in this fashion, with an old newspaper write-up is beyond cool.
I think I speak for many when I say that we'd love to see many more photos and even a video or three if you can manage.
What a great piece of ingenuity.
I would love to hear it run!
Some years ago the Oklahoma Special T's had a tour at McAlester, Oklahoma. One of our stops was at a car show at Robbers Cave State Park. The car parked next to me was this 6 cylinder roadster. Ed
That sure looks like the same engine to me.
I'm sure it is the same engine. Ed
finally got it going
Sounds sweet !!
That really does sound good, congrats to them for getting it running.
I realize that T guys love their fours, but can you imagine if Henry had produced a six cylinder Model T? Cost to manufacture would have been just an few dollars over the four. While I realize the T was a huge sales success, just imagine having the choice for a wee bit more power for just a few pounds more cast iron!
What's the firing order? And I'd be really curious to see what the power difference is.