Lot 0304: Ford GAA Engine (Mock-up)

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Lot 0304: Ford GAA Engine (Mock-up)

Without any doubt the best US tank engine in WW-II.

DESCRIPTION

The Ford GAA engine is an American all-aluminum 32-valve DOHC 60-degree V8 engine engineered and produced by the Ford Motor Company during and after World War II.

It was without any doubt the best US tank engine in WW-II.

For its time the GAA was a marvel of engineering. Due to its military role, it had no belts or chains whatsoever; everything was gear driven for durability and to reduce maintenance. There was a power divider to drive the cams, distributors, and pumps.
It was a true Double Overhead Cam engine with two exhaust valves and two inlet valves per cylinder.

The 18-litre V8 produced 500 hp (370 kW) at 2,600 rpm, but also producing a monstrous 1,000 pound-feet (1,400 Nm) of torque from idle to 2,200 rpm. It was designed to live at low rpms to keep sustained powerful output. Due to this a governor had to be installed with the limit set at 2,600 rpm.

The GAA was one of the largest displacement mass-produced gasoline V8 engines used in land vehicles. It powered several models and derivatives of following tanks, tank destroyers and SPG’s: All Sherman M4A3 models, the M10A1 (and M36), and the Priest M7B1 and M7B2

SPECIFICATION

Dimensions:              155 x 87 x 153 cm

Weight: approx.       700 kg

Engine Nr.:                AH 4184

REMARKS

Location:                   Nederweert, the Netherlands

Condition:                 The engine has been built for exhibition purposes only.
Internally it is empty, so there is no crankshaft, connecting rods, pistons, etc.

Permits:                     No permits will be applicable

ESTIMATE VALUE

Between € 3.000 and € 5.000