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Ford Early V8 History

In late 1929, Henry Ford, considering the production of his own V8 engine, instructed engineer Fred Thoms to acquire as many available eight-cylinder engines as possible. At that time, most of the eight-cylinder engines were found in high-end automobiles such as LaSalle, Cadillac and, acquired by Ford in 1922, Lincoln. Ford intended to study the design of the engines and use his research to develop a cost effective V8 that could be mass-produced.

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Vehicle Identification

1932
1932 Ford Model B

Model B Ford Passenger Car
4 cylinder engine
(106" wheelbase)

1932
1932 Ford Model 18

Model 18 Ford Passenger Car
8 cylinder engine
(106" wheelbase)

1933 1 hood handle
1933 Ford Model 40 Identification Drawing

Model 40 Ford Passenger Car
8 cylinder engine
(112" wheelbase)

4 cylinder engine
(106" wheelbase)

1934 2 hood handles

1934 Ford Model 40 Identification Drawing

Model 40 Ford Passenger Car
8 cylinder & 4 cylinder engine
(112" wheelbase)

1935

1935 Ford Model 48 Identification Drawing

Model 48 Ford Passenger Car
8 cylinder engine
(112" wheelbase)

1936

1936 Ford Model 68 Identification Drawing

Model 68 Ford Passenger Car
8 cylinder engine
(112" wheelbase)

1937

1937 Ford Model 78 Identification Drawing

Model 78 Ford Passenger Car
8 cylinder 85 HP engine
(112" wheelbase)

Model 74 Ford Passenger Car
8 cylinder 60 HP engine
(112" wheelbase)

1938

1938 Ford Model 81A Standard Identification Drawing

Model 81A Ford Standard
8 cylinder 85 HP engine

Model 82A Ford
8 cylinder 60 HP engine

1938

1938 Ford Model 81A Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 81A Ford Deluxe
8 cylinder 85 HP engine

1939

1939 Ford Model 91A Standard Identification Drawing

Model 91A Ford Standard
8 cylinder 85 HP engine

Model 922A Ford
8 cylinder 60 HP engine
(112" wheelbase)

1939

1939 Ford Model 91A Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 91A Ford Deluxe
8 cylinder 85 HP engine
(112" wheelbase)

1940

1940 Ford Model 01A Standard Identification Drawing

Model 01A Ford Standard
8 cylinder 85 HP engine

Model 022A Ford
8 cylinder 60 HP engine

1940

1940 Ford Model 01A Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 01A Ford Deluxe
8 cylinder 85 HP engine

1941

1941 Ford Model 11A Deluxe & Special Identification Drawing

Model 11A Ford Deluxe
8 cylinder 90 HP engine

Model 11A Ford Special
8 cylinder 90 HP engine

Model 1GA Ford Deluxe
6 cylinder 90 HP engine

Model 1GA Ford Special
6 cylinder 90 HP engine

1941

1941 Ford Model 11A Super Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 11A Ford Super Deluxe
8 cylinder 90 HP engine

1942

1942 Ford Model 21A Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 21A Ford Deluxe
8 cylinder 90 HP engine

Model 2GA Ford Deluxe
6 cylinder 90 HP engine

1942

1942 Ford Model 21A Super Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 21A Ford Super Deluxe
8 cylinder 90 HP engine
(114" wheelbase)

1946

1946 Ford Model 69A & 6GA Deluxe & Super Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 69A Ford Deluxe
or Super Deluxe

8 cylinder 100 HP engine

Model 6GA Ford Deluxe
or Super Deluxe

6 cylinder 90 HP engine

1947 & 1948

1947 & 1948 Ford Model 79A / 7GA / 7HA / 89A / 8HA Deluxe & Super Deluxe Identification Drawing

Model 79A Ford Deluxe
or Super Deluxe

8 cylinder 100 HP engine
Model 7GA Ford Deluxe
or Super Deluxe

6 cylinder 90 HP engine
Model 7HA Ford Deluxe
or Super Deluxe

6 cylinder 95 HP engine
(114" wheelbase)
Model 89A Ford Deluxe
or Super Deluxe

8 cylinder 100 HP engine
Model 8HA Ford Deluxe
or Super Deluxe

6 cylinder 95 HP engine
(114" wheelbase)
 

 

Commercial Vehicles Definitions

Early V8 Ford Pickup Wheelbase Drawing

 

Hood Measurements & Typical Panels

Ford Early V8 Hood Measurements Drawings

Early V8 Ford Hood Top & Side Panel Drawings

 

1932-48 Passenger Car & 1939-48 Mercury Body
& Model Style Numbers By Year

 
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1946
1947
1948

85 HP

18
40
40
48
68
78
81A
91A
01A
11A
21A
-
-
-
60 HP
-
-
-
-
-
74
82A
922A
022A
-
-
-
-
-
90 HP
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1GA
2GA
6GA
7GA
-
95 HP
-
-
-

-

-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
7HA
8HA
100 HP
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
69A
79A
89A

 

Body Style
Model Number
1932
1933
1934
1935
1936
1937
1938
1939
1940
1941
1942
1946
1947
1948
Tudor Standard
55
700
700
700
700
-
700C
70A
70A
*70A
*70A
*70A
*70A
*70A
Tudor Deluxe
55
700
700
700
700
-
700B
70B
70B
*70B
*70B
*70B
*70B
*70B
Tudor Driving Sedan
-
-
-
700
700A
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Tudor Driving Sedan Deluxe
-
-
-
-
700
700B
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Tudor Special
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
70C
70C
-
-
-
Roadster Standard
40
710
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Roadster Deluxe
40
710
710
710
710
710
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe Deluxe
520
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe 3 Window Standard
-
720
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe 3 Window Deluxe
-
720
720
720
720
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe Club
-
-
-
-
-
720
720
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe Club Convertiable
-
-
-
-
-
-
760A
76
76
76
76
-
-
-
Coupe 5 Window Standard
45
770
770
770
770
770A
770A
77A
77A
*77A
*77A
*77A
*77A
*77A
Coupe 5 Window Deluxe
-
770
770
770
770
770B
77B
77B
*77B
*77B
*77B
-
-
-
Coupe Sport
50
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe Business Standard
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
67A
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe Business Deluxe
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
67B
-
-
-
-
-
-
Coupe 5 Window Special
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
77C
77C
-
-
-
Coupe 5 Window Deluxe With Jump Seat
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
67A
-
-
-
-
Coupe 5 Window Super Deluxe With Jump Seat
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
67B
-
-
-
-
Coupe Super Deluxe Sedan
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
72
72B
72B
72B
72B
Coupe Deluxe Sedan
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
72A
-
-
-
-
Coupe Sportsman Convertible
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
71B
71B
71B
Fordor Standard
160
730
730
730
730
730A
730C
73A
73A
*73A
*73A
*73A
*73A
-
Fordor Deluxe
160
730
730
730
730
730B
730B
73B
73B
*73B
*73B
*73B
*73B
*73B
Fordor Touring Sedan
-
-
-
730
730
730C
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Fordor Touring Sedan Deluxe
-
-
-
730
730
730D
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Fordor Special
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
73C
73C
-
-
-
Victoria
190
740
740
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Convertible Sedan
400
-
-
740
740
740
740
74
-
-
-
-
-
-
Phaeton Standard
35
750
750
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Phaeton Deluxe
35
750
750
750
750
750
750
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Cabriolet
68
760
760
760
760
760A
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Club Cabriolet
-
-
-
-
760
760B
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Station Wagon Standard
410
850
850
780
780
780
780A
780
78
78
78
78
-
-
Station Wagon Deluxe
-
-
-
-
780
780
780B
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Sedan Delivery Standard
410
850
850
780
780
780
780A
780
78
78
78
78
-
-
Sedan Delivery Deluxe
-
-
-
-
780
780
780B
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
 

* Beginning in 1941, the line expanded to "Special" (6 cylinder), "Deluxe" (formely Standard)
& "Super Deluxe" (formerly Deluxe)

From 1932-1937 all cars were "Standard" models, although most were offered as "Deluxe" models. Deluxe models had added trim & upholstery options, including cowl lamps & dual tail lights. Starting in 1938, "Standard" & "Deluxe" became separate & distinct lines.

 

 

V8 Clubs & Publications

The Early V8 Club of America
PO Box 1715
Maple Grove, MN 55311

www.efv8.org

Early Ford V8 Foundation
PO Box 284
Auburn, IN 46706

www.fordv8foundation.org

 

Original 1932-48 Ford Engine Specifications

 

Firing Order

V8
1-5-4-8-6-3-7-2
6 cylinder
1-5-3-6-2-4
4 cylinder, Model B
1-2-4-3
 

 

Ignition System
Initial Timing (Crankshaft Degrees B.T.C.)

V8 1932-1948
6 cylinder 1941-1942
6 cylinder 1946-1948
4 cylinder Model B

 

V8 239 Cubic Inches

Cylinder Block Angle
90°
Bore & Stroke
3-3/16" & 3-3/4"
Taxable HP
32.5
Crankcase Capacity
5 quarts
Valve Stem Style
Mushroom
Valve Seat Angle
45°
Valve Head Diameter
1.51"
Tappet
Non-adjustable
Intake
0.10-0.012"
Exhaust
0.014-0.016"

 

V8 221 Cubic Inches

Cylinder Block Angle
90°
Bore & Stroke
3-1/16" & 3-3/4
Taxable HP
30
Crankcase Capacity
5 Quarts
Valve Stem Style
Mushroom
Valve Seat Angle
45°
Valve Head Diameter
1.51"
Tappet
Non-adjustable
Intake
0.10-0.012"
Exhaust
0.014-0.016"

 

Distributor Breaker Point Spacing

1932
0.018-0.020"
1933-34
0.012-0.014"
1935-48
0.014-0.016"
Breaking Point Spring Tension
20-24 ounces

 

Ignition Total Advance

V8 1932-1933
21-23°
V8 1934-40
15-17°
V8 1941-48
21-24°
6 cylinder
17-19°
4 cylinder, Model B
24°

 

Valve Timing at Normal
Tappet Clearance

 

 

1932-36

1937-48

Intake Opens B.T.C.
95°
Intake Closes A.B.C.
54.5°
44°
Exhaust Opens B.B.C
57.5°
48°
Exhaust Closes A.T.C.
6.5°
Valve Lift
0.292"
0.292"

 

MAC's DISCLAIMER:

The content MAC's presents on its "Vehicle Identification & Specification" pages & in its catalogs is for information use only and is intended to be used as a guide. While MAC's makes every effort to ensure accurate content, occasionally errors may occur. MAC's does not take responsibility & will not be held liable for any automotive parts purchases, repairs or restoration decisions made as a result of information presented here or anywhere in its catalogs.