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Henry Ford’s X-8 Among Topics Covered by 2018 Gilmore Museum Lecture Series

Posted January 08, 2018 10:38 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: classic auto Concept engine Ford

One of Henry Ford’s odder inventions—and one that certainly challenges the notion he only ever wanted to build Model Ts into perpetuity—will get its moment in the spotlight next year as the subject of a talk in the Gilmore Museum lecture series, which for 2018 will include more automotive topics than in years past.

Ford’s interests in the X-shape engine, which essentially uses two 90-degree V-8s V-4s turned on their side and mated on a common crankshaft, dated to about 1920, when he filed for his first patent on the design, noting its compactness, relatively high power-to-weight ratio, and suitability for air-cooling as its advantages. Indeed, according to The Henry Ford’s page on the X-8 in its collections, pictured above, it measures just 17-inches wide, 17-inches tall, and 14-inches deep.

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01/09/2018 12:32 PM

The one truly embarrassing thing about these engines is how little they differ from those produced 100 years later. We really haven't done much to improve the thing.

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01/09/2018 2:33 PM

One of the problems was fouling of the spark plugs on the bottom. I'm wondering if with fuel injection and electronic ignition that would be a problem today.

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