The 1948 Ford V8 was the end of an era for Ford as it was by now drastically in need of a modernised makeover of its cars to compete with its opposition.
It still had the cross spring suspension front and rear from the Model T days, the sidevalve V8 motor from 1932 with some modifications overtime to increase its capacity and horsepower, and the enclosed driveshaft.
The distributor was still mounted in the front of the engine driven off the front of the camshaft. It was a proper B to service and prone to getting damp and dirty.
Now that I have my grizzle out of the way it was a nice car to drive, in fact all the V8’s from 1935 on when the first 85hp engine appeared were good.
They had adequate power, reasonably economical, and were quiet mechanically. Would cruise all day at 55-60 mph, just don’t be in too big a hurry to stop although hydraulic brakes from 1939 improved braking somewhat.
A friend had a 1935 coupe and we had a lot of fun in that, lucky we are still alive to talk about it.
Another had a 36 coupe that was super condition for a 20 year old car. I was 16, never touched a V8 engine before and he asked me if I would give it a badly needed valve grind. Was fine once had got the valve system sorted, but having non adjustable tappets was a bit of a pain because if the valve clearance wasnt enough had to carefully grind the end of the valve stem, my job.
If valve clearance was too big then had to tediously grind the valve in some more, his job!
It was also common for the heads to seize around the studs, making them extremely hard to remove if you didnt have the thin hollow drill to clean the head around the stud. Common trick was to remove the nuts and drive the vehicle until the head/s “popped”, sometimes this could be several hundred niles.
This Tudor is in remarkably good condition, runs very sweet as you will see in the video, and still has all original upholstery and carpet. Obviously been well cared for and a joy to see.
Even the spare tire is thought to still be the original one.
The engine is the 239 cub in 100hp model with the 24 stud heads, the 21 stud head models were 90hp, up from 85hp in 1935.
Weight of the Tudor is 3216 lbs, top speed shown as 84mph and gas used average 16 mpg city use, 20 mpg hi-way driving.
You will see in the video the ignition key is still on the steering column, turn the key off and remove it and it locks the steering as many who did this while the car was still moving found out.
No keyless coasting to a stop allowed.
The cylinder heads would often seize in place from corrosion around the studs,
what would you do to remove them?
Special thanks to Saabkyle 04 for this video of a very nice original car, and the screen shot photos.
Links to interesting videos and reviews of some other cars of the 1940’s.