Got a few pics of an engine pan currently located in Malta. Obviously modified, but what for? Snout cut off and pan ears gone. The ears look very neatly removed with little obvious evidence of them having been there. Also, interesting engine number markings.
Looks like two inspection covers? The inside view does not look the way you would expect, given the outside view.
The side accessible oil drain plugs probably point to a very tight, limited clearance application, like a boat. And it is on an island...
Are those oil connections to the bottom pan? Maybe it's part of a boat conversion at one point? - Matt
I assume they're oil connections. Boat conversion is a thought.
I don't think those are drain plugs. Too high up to drain any oil.
Notice also what appears to be an oil spout headed into the #1 trough.
The serial number is a 1926 model year engine made in December 1925. The Ford USA stamping is normal for export engines by the mid 20's - our Swedish engines that came through the Copenhagen factory has it too.
Also no wishbone mount.
Good catch! And like the mounting ears, doesn't look to have ever had one.
Looks like a factory-made (stamped) accessory inspection plate, due to the two drain plug "blisters" as well as the dams on each of the three rod bearing troughs.
Don't you find it odd that the two raised oil connection areas on the outside of the cover are not visible from the inside? Looks like the cover is a two piece affair, but the purpose of that seems unclear.
The trough dams, being angled as they are, suggest that the engine was not meant to operate while sitting horizontal, as with boat engines.
Jerry - I said "drain plugs", but in thinking about it,....I think you're right. I think oil lines were connected to those two fittings on what I called "blisters" in an effort to keep the rod bearing troughs as full as possible while the engine was running! Seems an even better idea than the single accessory oil line modification to the timing gear area at the front of the engine that we're all familiar with, huh?
Yup! A "two-piece" affair for sure! Very confusing to my feeble mind for sure!
Well,....now I'm REALLY confused, as there are the horse shoe reinforcement rings to consider too!
Perhaps for a boat motor ??? Malta is an island after all.
If it was for a boat, would not the front of the engine be raised to allow less of angle for the drive shaft through the hull. Therefore need the dams in the oil troughs. Oil pumped into the front opening and out the rear. Cannot tell how thick the accessory plate is, but has to be thick enough to hide the openings. Also, have the troughs been modified to have less depth with dams in the rear? Hard to tell with just these photos.
Wild guess, how about a airplane application? No pan snout needed if the prop was off the front of the crankshaft, also the engine would have a angle on the runway with a tail dragger. Wild guess
For airplane, wouldn't need a transmission and I think the prop would have been mounted to flywheel flange. I agree about being boat motor, re the prop drive shaft being at the same angle as the motor.
The crankcase is from the engine of a Falcon, a Maltese Falcon.
Lol Mark!! Good point, what the heck was I thinking! Lol
Bill has it. The pan is from Sydney Greenstreet's Falcon.
Ford Canada offered a marine conversion with a "high speed" reverse using the planetary transmission. It appears in the 26 parts catalog
Its got the Terry Horlock oil dams in the inspection cover so must be a mountain ford!
That's very interesting! Wonder if this is part of that set-up.
I have pics of the engine block as well, but there is absolutely nothing unique about it. There was no flywheel or transmission found with this thing. Maybe that means it was just missing, or maybe it wasn't used for the purposes of this set-up.
After reading the question about taking off the water pump got me to thinking, I wonder if the extra plate on the bottom, because it has two fittings, is part of the cooling system. Something like the extra deep finned plates used on race cars, only in this case using water instead of air to cool.
I wondered the same thing. Was hoping someone would pop up with an original ad, showing this set-up, as happens often on this forum.
Having owned 8 Ford Falcons, I find the Maltese Falcon joke very funny
I have on loan to me a copy of the Ford of Canada parts book, it shows the marine conversion parts. I am having issues with getting the scans from the printer to convert to PDF/s to post. I will try later and post them if I can. That is if someone doesn't beat me to it, hint hint
Don't you need JPG's to post here?
Right now, no go on posting the pages. I can't get the photos do what I need.
John Page, Australia.
That is some VERY cool information! Thanks!