Gear Head Tuesday – See Through Engine

Gear Head

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Hat tip to “Chris-to-Fear” for today’s theme.

A see through glass head was installed a on Briggs and Stratton engine. The combustion process is shown in Slow Motion and 4K Slow Motion. You can see just how and engine really works. (And, if you are like me, marvel that a flat head engine can breathe at all – you’ll get an idea of why overhead valve engines, particularly V-8s, became such a rage in the early to mid 1950s.)


More on the Packard – Ford connection:

Packard V-8 Roster Keeper for the Packard Club, Stuart B, writes:
When James Nance joined Ford Motor Co. on November 1, 1956, it was as Ford’s vice president of marketing. The next year, Ernest Breech and Henry Ford II tasked him to combine the Lincoln and Mercury divisions. Thus, on September 4, 1957, Nance became the vice president and general manager of the newly combined Lincoln and Mercury divisions. (The name was the “Lincoln and Mercury Division,” not “Lincoln-hyphen-Mercury” as it had been in the past – and would be again in the future.) In January 1958, Breech dumped the Edsel division into Nance’s lap, with the division now designated M-E-L [for Mercury, Edsel, Lincoln]. However, with the recession of 1958 digging in, car sales were way down, and Nance was blamed within Ford by Robert McNamara for the poor sales efforts. Richard Stout, who worked with Nance at Packard, and no doubt had his ears bent by Nance on the subject, boiled Nance’s departure from Ford in September 1958 down to these words in his book “Make ‘Em Shout Hoorah!”: “McNamara gave an ultimatum to Henry Ford II. Dump Nance or, as a group, he and the Whiz Kids would leave. Nance would get thirty days notice.”

Dave B writes:
It is good to actually see Henry Ford’s last trip in a picture. At least, the Packard was followed by a Lincoln, probably the first of many in the cortège. I believe that the granite building in the background, with the arched windows is the famous Detroit Public Library, home of the world’s most extensive auto photo library. That photograph possibly came from the very building pictured.


Packard and Studebaker historian George Hamlin writes:

Two things about Henry’s last ride:

1. The attached photo, which ran in the HENNEY PROGRAM OF PROGRESS a year or two ago, shows it in front of the church. A photo taken a few seconds later – which I cannot locate – would have shown a staffer leaping on board to pull the hand brake, which the driver had forgotten to do; soon as the pallbearers pushed it from behind to roll the casket it, the car began rolling ever so slowly.


2. The (ptui!) Washington Post ran a story, years back, written by one Haynes Johnson. It said that the C….lac was so iconic that even Henry Ford was carried out in one. I wrote, with a photo, and pointed out that this was pure horse hockey – and to this day, there has been no acknowledgement, no return correspondence, no correction.

Joe P. writes:
“Received this reply to your story on Edsel Ford from a friend who I sent this article to. I thought that you would like to read it:

“Thanks, Joe. for further reading, there is an excellent Ford bio, entitled “Henry ford, the People’s Tycoon”. Apparently Henry constantly undercut Edsel by telling Ford management not to pay any attention to Edsel. The book also speculates that the constant stress on Edsel might have been a major cause for his cancer and early death.”

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  1. loved the transparent cylinder head, sending it to our car club guys.


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