Saw this engine today on display at Talladega speedway . First overhead cam Ford V8 , 1937
Cool, but I wonder what's Ford in that engine?
(If I had guessed, I would have thought WW1 era aircraft?)
Roger, I thought the same thing. At first glance I thought I was looking at a slightly skinnier Hisso.
I suppose, IF you cut the valve galley off a V-8 block, it could be made to look something like that.
Otherwise I would say it was not standard Ford V8, and something totally experimental, possibly aviation. However, I certainly am NOT an expert in either this area, or era.
The other thing that catches my eye, is that the carburetors appear to be side-draft. Unless height was a serious concern (depending upon the planned application for this engine), I would expect downdraft carburetors would have been the preferred choice by '37.
Although out of my main interest era, it is quite interesting. Thank you Kim D for sharing it.
I didn't get much time to look at it, just to much to see there but I wondered the the same thing about the lack of visible Ford parts. Had a nice visit with Dan Hatch and Gator and Paula Gould on the trip.
Was it built for Indy?? Bud.
Any other pictures of this engine? Would really help to know name cast into cam covers.
Pretty sure this is the engine: https://www.jalopyjournal.com/forum/threads/gene-van-arx%C2%92s-riley-ohv-v8-questions.640368/
Thanks for the link, Howard, interesting story. It's a pity so few were made..