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Old 09-12-2017, 08:44 PM   #1
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This is an oral history by Harold Hicks,the engineer who took the model a engine from 22 to 40 hp..a story well known,but what isn't known is his other recommendations for the engine,especially one we all would agree on but was turned down by Mr Ford...Hicks also gives his insights into Ford at the time and describes his relationship with Mr Ford,Edsel,Sorenson, Martin and all the others...If your into Ford history this is a fascinating read..
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Old 09-12-2017, 08:59 PM   #2
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What was that we would all agree on?
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Okay...Hicks recommended to Mr Ford a larger main bearing...due to,in his words 'main bearing thump'..this was prior to production. Ford countered ,interestingly,the crankshaft was 'limber' enough to deal with the designed main..
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Okay...Hicks recommended to Mr Ford a larger main bearing...due to,in his words 'main bearing thump'..this was prior to production. Ford countered ,interestingly,the crankshaft was 'limber' enough to deal with the designed main..
It seems a weak centre main bearing in 4 cylinder, 3 main bearing engines was pretty much standard fare in those days. At least Henry did something about it in the B engine with larger journals and pressure oiling. Mr Hicks must have had a giggle to himself!
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A great read. Good that Ford had an interest in getting these stories down.
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