Engine Block

Summary

The Model T's one-piece engine block, with its four cylinders cast as a single unit, was cutting-edge when Ford introduced the car for 1909. At the time, most automakers used cylinders cast singly or in pairs and bolted to a separate crankcase. The T's block was simpler and less expensive to produce. The design ultimately became standard practice.

The Model T's one-piece engine block, with its four cylinders cast as a single unit, was cutting-edge when Ford introduced the car for 1909. At the time, most automakers used cylinders cast singly or in pairs and bolted to a separate crankcase. The T's block was simpler and less expensive to produce. The design ultimately became standard practice.

Artifact

Engine (Power producing equipment)

Creators

Unknown

Henry Ford Museum
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Made in America

Object ID

2017.0.34.678

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Cast iron

Color

Black (Color)

Dimensions

Height: 11.5 in

Width: 9.25 in

Length: 21.5 in

Inscriptions

on side: 17[illegible]

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