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Dave Smith    Posted 10-25-2017 at 15:18:23 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Ford Aircraft engine
  • I thought some of you might be interested in this.
    Ford flathead V8 engine set up for aircraft use.
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    Tony    Posted 10-25-2017 at 22:23:17 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Used in the Ford Arrow Sport. Not a great aircraft engine. Heavy, for 80hp, 400+# vs. less than 200 for a Continental. Alloy heads, pistons, pan and a 2:1 gear reduction to the prop.

    Probably wasn't a threat to the Staggerwing market in the day.

    A little off topic but........Late sixties, early seventies I drove to Port Clinton Oh. from Detroit with my girlfriend to fly the Port Clinton / Put in Bay route in a TriMotor. Regular service then. About 17 to 20 minutes IIRC Canvas seats, loud, lots of vibration, clear view of the engine instruments on the pylon. THen to Sandusky for an afternoon at Cedar Point. DId it quite a few times, and........... WE LOVED IT! Also found a joint there that served Cincinnati Chili almost as good as the original at the Skyline.



    duey    Posted 10-26-2017 at 12:14:07 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Ford Motor Company also contract-manufactured Pratt & Whitney R-1830 radial engines during WWII... The data plate that was attached made that perfectly clear... I installed one of these Ford-built engines in a Japanese Dive Bomber for a Museum display...

    That particular engine came from a South African operated DC-3. I'd like to post a picture of the data plate for you but am unable to...

    John in Mich    Posted 10-26-2017 at 05:35:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I have been to P-I-B many times by ferry and by air. Never flew in a tri-motor. We were just talking last night about going over for New Years.

    SteveVa    Posted 10-25-2017 at 15:41:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I don't see a water pump. I wonder how they cooled it??


    Your post lead me to this interesting link.

    36 coupe    Posted 10-25-2017 at 21:11:49 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The water pumps and fan belt are missing.Exhaust manifolds are missing.Carb is backward.Heads are aluminum.The engine is from 1933 1936 era.The Ford fuel pump gave much trouble with weak fuel delivery.I always kept a new spare in the 36.You could buy a new pump in the Western Auto for 2 bucks.A leather shim could make a weak pump work longer.I can change Ford pum in the dark.I would never get into an air plane with a Ford fuel pump in it.

    Dave Smith    Posted 10-25-2017 at 15:59:02 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Also notice, It does not have a starter. (no flywheel) It looks like it must have a gear connected to the crank shaft to reduce the output RPM And hand flipped to start.

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