Today In Ford History--nov. 25 - Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 11-25-02, 05:25 AM Thread Starter
Mr. Embargo
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Embargoland
Posts: 3,745
Today In Ford History--nov. 25

On Nov. 25, 1953, Ford Motor Company’s Rouge Engine Plant rolled out the last of the flathead V-8 engines—21 years and 16,388,762 engines after Henry Ford’s affordable design put 8-cylinder power within the reach of everyman. When it switched to the new overhead valve design in1953, Ford had built more V-8 engines than all other manufacturers combined.

The Ford flathead was a favorite of early hot-rodders in the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s because it was light, powerful and easily modified. Ford flatheads won Europe’s Monte Carlo rally in 1936 and 1938, and in 1949 a flathead-powered Lincoln won the first ever NASCAR race. By the 1960s, the V-8-powered ’32 Ford was immortalized in American pop culture by the Beachboys’ “Little Deuce Coupe.”

Nearly 50 years since that last flathead rolled out of the Rouge, the original V-8 design remains popular with loyal Ford enthusiasts like California’s Ron Main. At Bonneville, Utah, last August, Main and his streamlined “Flatfire”—with a supercharged, 700 hp engine that began life as ’46 Ford V-8 flathead—set a new world record with a top-end speed of more than 302 miles an hour.

Like the Model T and assembly line, the flathead V-8 was another Henry Ford masterstroke, blending technological innovation with an intuitive sense of what motorists wanted, before they knew it themselves.

Before 1932, V-8 engines were the hallmark of luxury automobiles because they required hand-tooling by highly-paid skilled craftsmen. With his own racing roots, Ford had longed to offer the common man an affordable V-8 and that took on greater urgency in 1931, when the four-cylinder Model A introduced in 1928 was being outsold by newer, bigger, faster competitors with six-cylinder engines.

In a top-secret crash program, Ford and his best engineers, foundrymen and manufacturing experts took less than a year to develop a V-8 engine block that could be mass-produced cheaply in a single casting.

With a 221 cubic inch displacement (CID), only 20 percent more than the four-cylinder Model A, the 1932 flathead produced 62 percent more horsepower, 65 @ 3400 rpm. In their last production versions from 1949 to 1953, the Ford flathead V-8 had 239 CID and 100 hp and the Mercury 255 CID and 112 hp.

Attached Images
File Type: jpg henryford1.jpg (39.0 KB, 518 views)

RPO83 is offline  
Sponsored Links

  Ford Forums - Mustang Forum, Ford Trucks, Ford Focus and Ford Cars > Fordforums Community > Latest Ford News and Racing News > Ford Worldwide News

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ford family celebrates 100 years of cars Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 06-10-03 05:46 AM
FORD TOUGH: The pressure's on for Bill Ford Jr. to finish first Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 06-10-03 04:52 AM
'Henry had the dream' Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 03-28-03 05:58 AM
A CENTURY OF VISION: Fords built city, changed the world Stacy94PGT Ford Worldwide News 0 03-12-03 07:17 AM
Ford Product-Led Transformation: 2003 RPO83 Trans | Driveline 0 07-22-02 06:48 AM

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome