Ford Model T engine

Ford Model T Engine

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The Ford Model T used a 177-cubic-inch inline 4-cylinder engine. It was primarily a petrol engine, but it had multifuel ability and could also burn kerosene or ethanol. It produced for a top speed of . The engine had side valves and 3 main bearings and was built in-unit with the Model T's novel transmission (a planetary design), sharing the same lubricating oil. The engine bore was and its stroke was even, for a total displacement of . Casting all four cylinders in one block was an uncommon practice when T production started in 1908.

The spark plugs were powered by a magneto (as typical of the time), and the ignition system included a manual advance/retard control. Starting was via a hand crank.

The Model T engine was produced continuously from September 27, 1908 through August 4, 1941, exactly 12,000 days. This makes it one of the longest engines in series production, especially considering that the specifications remained mostly unchanged for this entire duration. Its production run for the U.S. consumer market for passenger cars and pickups was shorter, being the 19 years' production run of the Model T itself for that market (1908 to 1927). But the engine continued to be produced and sold to various consumer, industrial, military, and marine markets throughout the world until 1941.

The following major changes were made (listed by year):
  • 1909 — Water pump was discontinued; subsequent Model T engines used thermosyphoning to circulate the coolant.
  • 1911......
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