1932 Ford V-8 Engine, No. 1

Summary

When the V-8 went into production in 1932, Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company once again revolutionized the automobile market. The engine was the first V-8 light enough and cheap enough to go in an inexpensive car like a Ford. The secret was casting the cylinder block in one piece. This is a common practice today but was a manufacturing breakthrough in 1932. Henry Ford personally oversaw the design and development of the V-8 with a selected team of engineers located not in the state-of-the-art Ford Engineering Laboratory, but in Thomas Edison's Fort Myers Laboratory that had been relocated from Florida to Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. It is believed that Henry Ford used the building, tools, and machines that Thomas Edison had used to help inspire the engineers and designers. A brass plate on this engine reads: "This is V-8 No. 1 Motor Hold for Mr. H. Ford."

When the V-8 went into production in 1932, Henry Ford and Ford Motor Company once again revolutionized the automobile market. The engine was the first V-8 light enough and cheap enough to go in an inexpensive car like a Ford. The secret was casting the cylinder block in one piece. This is a common practice today but was a manufacturing breakthrough in 1932. Henry Ford personally oversaw the design and development of the V-8 with a selected team of engineers located not in the state-of-the-art Ford Engineering Laboratory, but in Thomas Edison's Fort Myers Laboratory that had been relocated from Florida to Henry Ford's Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. It is believed that Henry Ford used the building, tools, and machines that Thomas Edison had used to help inspire the engineers and designers. A brass plate on this engine reads: "This is V-8 No. 1 Motor Hold for Mr. H. Ford."

Artifact

Automobile engine

Date Made

1932

Creators

Ford, Henry, 1863-1947 

Ford Motor Company 

Place of Creation

United States, Michigan, Dearborn 

Creator Notes

Made by Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan under the direction of Henry Ford.

Driving America
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Driving America

Object ID

00.136.120

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Metal
Brass (Alloy)
Paint (Coating)

Technique

Die casting

Dimensions

Height: 36 in

Width: 56.5 in

Depth: 20 in

Inscriptions

Brass plate on side marked: THIS IS V-8 NO. 1 MOTOR / HOLD FOR MR. H. FORD Silver plate on carb: FORD / TYPE NO. / MODEL 51 / C32900 / PATENT NO. 178287 / V-8 / MFD BY / DETROIT LUBRICATOR COMPANY / DETROIT U.S.A. On sparkplugs: CHAMPION / FORD / REG. US. . PAT . OFF / MADE IN U.S.A.

Specifications

Make & Model: 1932 Ford V-8 engine

Maker: Ford Motor Company, Dearborn, Michigan

Engine: V-8, L-head valves, 221 cubic inches

Horsepower: 65 at 3400 revolutions per minute

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