Ford Flathead V8

Discussion in 'Weapons, Technology & Equipment' started by Dave55, Feb 17, 2020.

  1. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Used in Ford CMP, WOT and Bren gun carriers but I don't think it was used in any American military vehicles.
    Anyone know of any?

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  2. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

  3. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    French Flathead
    Why would the French military use an engine designed in 1930 in their military vehicles through the 1980's? Isn't there any other engine that could do the job as well at comparable cost?

    Ford flathead V8 engine - Wikipedia
    The French military cranks, at least sometimes, had the 5/8 plugs in the 3 3/4" stroke cranks. The 4" crankshafts came in the 1949 to 1953 engines.

    French-built 255 engines were fitted to the Simca Unic Marmon Bocquet [fr] (SUMB) light trucks of the French military

    Also as you say - Universal Carrier - Wikipedia
    Engine 3.9-liter (239 cu. in.) Ford V8 petrol

    French flathead V8

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  4. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Given that the US did build some carriers and the US Army used carriers in the Philippines one could say that the engine was used in US military vehicles
  5. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    I wonder what's going on here. Doesn't look staged. Clearly a Ford plant in Germany or an occupied country but seems an awful lot of officers to examine a routine flathead production line.

    Is Speer or anyone else recognizable?

  6. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    In early 1938 the German army requested that Ford in Cologne begin a project for the design of a command car and a troop carrier both to be powered by the Flat Head V8. Possibly the visit was in connection with this?
    [Daniel Warsh, The Silent Partner - How the Ford Motor Company became an Arsenal of Nazisim, University of Pennsylvania, 2008]
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  7. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Nice painting. If I had to bet I think this is the first Chrysler V8, the 331 Hemi, one of the early OHV engines that killed the Flathead.

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