The Ford Engine Quiz

By: Robin Tyler
Estimated Completion Time
4 min
Which of these Ford engines, produced for the first time in 1932, is a favorite with hot rodders?
Flathead V8
The Flathead V8 was a revelation by Ford in 1932. Quite simply put, at the time, there was nothing similar to it out there. Most importantly, it was cheap, which made it more accessible to people struggling through the Great Depression.
Scorpion Diesel V8
Triton V10
Consul 4

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The Ford Model A was introduced by the company in 1903. What was it powered by and what was the top speed?
1668 cc two-cylinder engine, 30 mph
The first incarnation of the Ford Model A was released in 1903. And technically, although it was designed by Henry Ford, the engine was in fact from Fiat. It was a 1668 cc two-cylinder gasoline engine which gave the Model A a top speed of 30 mph.
200 cc four-cylinder engine, 10 mph
1000 cc three-cylinder engine, 15 mph
None of the above

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Henry Ford's first motor vehicle was designed in the late 1890s. Called the "Quadricycle," what propelled it?
A six-cylinder gas engine
An electric motor
A two-cylinder ethanol engine
Henry Ford's Quadricycle wasn't anything special. It did get him into car design, however. Running on four bicycle wheels, the Quadricycle had a ethanol-powered, two-cylinder engine which produced 4 horsepower and managed a top speed of 20 mph.
A steam engine

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Following on from the Model A, Ford introduced the Model N in 1906. What engine did it run?
Eight-cylinder 3.0-liter V8
Six -cylinder 2.5-liter V6
A hybrid motor system with a gas and electric engine
2,440 cc inline-4 engine
The Model N was produced between 1906 and 1908. It was powered by a 2,440 cc inline-4 engine, the first four-cylinder engine produced by Ford.

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Ford followed the Model N up with the famous Model T. Of the options below, which was the power plant for the "Tin Lizzy"?
2.9-liter inline four-cylinder
The first Model T's were powered by a 2.9-liter inline four-cylinder which produced 20 brake horsepower. This gave "Tin Lizzy" a top speed of around 45 mph.
1.0-liter Ecotec engine
5.4-liter Supercharged V-8
Ford Kent Engine

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The Model T engine was capable of running on kerosene, ethanol or _______?
Nitromethane
Gasoline
Early Model T engines were capable of running on kerosene, ethanol pr gasoline. Ethanol became too expensive so when the price of gasoline eventually dropped, it quickly became the favorite form of fuel.
Bio-fuel
None of the above

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True or false? The first 2,447 Model T engines were cooled using water pumps.
True
The Model T's 2.9-liter straight-four engine, which at first produced around 20 bhp, was initially water-cooled. Well, the first 2,447 were. Ford then changed to cooling thermosiphon action where natural convection circulated water without the need of a pump.
False

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Despite electric starters having been invented around 1911, Ford didn't immediately use them on the Model T motor. In what year did it finally arrive?
1911
1912
1919
The Model T engine was hand-cranked to begin with, much a like all early engines. The option of the electric starter arrived in 1919.
1932

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Model T engines delivered power to which set of wheels on the vehicle?
Front
Rear
The Model T engine delivered its power to the rear wheels of the car using a planetary gear-based two-speed gearbox. Interestingly, Ford called it three-speed but that doesn't really count, as one gear was reverse!
All four wheels

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How would a driver apply the throttle in a Model T?
With a lever near the steering wheel
In the early days of motoring, there were many configurations for brake, clutch and throttle control. To use the throttle on a Model T, the driver would adjust a lever near the steering wheel.
With the pedal near their right foot
With the pedal near their left foot
None of the above

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True or false? A version of the Model T, known as the Speedster, was faster than the standard car.
True
Model T's could be customized quite a lot, depending on what the new owner wanted. For instance, a model called the "Snowflier" added skis to the front of the car in place of wheels to allow for driving in winter. And yes, there was a "Speedster" model as well which pushed out 35 bhp over the 20 bhp of the normal engine.
False

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What made Ford's 1932 Flathead V8 unique over earlier V8 motors?
It was made out of aluminum.
The engine block was cast as a single piece.
It took Ford sometime to release their first V8 engine - Chevrolet had done so around 15 years earlier - but when they did in 1932, it was a massive success. It differed from other V8's as it was cast from a single piece of metal which Ford called "en block".
It ran on bio-fuel.
None of the above

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So it certainly was unique, but why was the Ford Flathead V8 so popular?
It was cheap.
Although it had some problems - it loved to burn oil at a high rate - the Flathead V8 became very popular. And yes, it produced some great performance numbers at the time but more importantly, it was relatively cheap when put up against the V8's of other manufacturers.
It looked awesome.
Ford gave it away for the first year.
None of the above

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During the early 1940s, Ford produced a different kind of engine. Can you tell us which one from the list below?
Ship engines
Tank engines
Aircraft engines
During the Second World War, Ford turned their attention to the war effort. They produced over 86 000 B-24 Liberator bombers as well as 57,000 engines under license.
None of the above

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In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Ford was involved in aviation. Around 200 Ford Tri-Motors served with a number of airlines. Did it have Ford engines?
Yes
No
No. Although the company was briefly involved in aviation, the Tri-Motor did not have Ford engines. Early versions were powered by air-cooled radial Curtiss-Wright engines and later models by more powerful Pratt and Whitney engines

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Perhaps Ford's most iconic car, other than the Model T, the Mustang was introduced in 1964. What engine initially powered the low-end models?
5.7-liter V6
2.8-liter straight six
The entry level models of the 1965 Ford Mustang didn't have V-power. They did have a punchy 2.8-liter straight six engine, however. It produced around 100 bhp.
1.2-liter straight four
None of the above

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And what was the most powerful engine put into the first generation Mustang?
4.7-liter Windsor HiPo V8
The 4.7-liter Windsor HiPo V8 was first introduced by Ford in 1963 and was used on their Fairlaine model. It became the most powerful engine put in the first generation of the Mustang and produced around 270 bhp.
5.7-liter V6
3.2-liter V8
None of the above

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In 2017, Ford released the second generation of the GT. From the option below, pick its engine, please.
FE engine
Duratec 8v PS
3.5-liter twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6
The second generation of the Ford GT is a thing of beauty. And it is powered by a great engine as well. The 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged Ford EcoBoost V6 engine produces 647 bhp!
Canadian Essex V6

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Which Ford engine in the late 1960s produced 360hp with 459lb-ft of torque?
Straight-6 226
428 Cobra Jet
The 428 Cobra Jet from Ford is a legendary engine from the American automaker. It was seen in a number of models including the 1968 Ford Mustang. It became known as the "CJ".
300 Inline 6 Cylinder
None of the above

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Ford released a "super truck" in the 1990s, the F-150 SVT Lightning. What powered it?
351 Windsor
5.8-liter V8
The SVT Lightning was introduced in 1993 and essentially is an F-150 truck with a little extra under the hood. The Lightning was powered by a 5.8 liter V8 which produced 240 bhp while handling was improved thanks to an upgraded suspension system. More powerful models followed at the end of the '90s.
I-6
None of the above

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In what year did Henry Ford make his first internal combustion engine?
1893
Ford's first internal combustion was put together in the sink of his home! It later became the powerplant to his first ever vehicle, the Quadricycle, which he built in 1896.
1896
1903
1907

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Can you identify the Ford engine made in Canada?
300 Inline 6 Cylinder
Flathead V8
Taunus V4
Canadian Essex V6
Introduced in 1982, this engine was so named as it was produced in Canada at Ford’s Essex Engine Plant in Ontario. It started as a 3.8-liter displacement engine, but a 4.2-liter eventually followed for use in F-Series pickups.

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Which of these is a diesel engine found in Ford pickups?
5.4-liter Supercharged V8
Scorpion V8
The Scorpion V8 is a turbo diesel engine found in Ford F-Series pickups. It is a 6.7-liter 32 valve engine. It was first introduced in 2011.
302 V8
300 Inline 6 Cylinder

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Can you name the engine that was not only found in cars, but tractors and agricultural equipment as well?
EcoBlue
T-88 Series
300 Inline 6 Cylinder
Reliable and strong, the 300 Inline 6 cylinder was a popular engine for Ford when it was first introduced in 1965. So versatile was this engine that it could be found in a range of models as well as agricultural equipment, trucks and tractors.
Zetec-E

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Which engine powered the Ford F-150 Harley Davidson edition, released in 2000 as an option package?
5.4-liter V8
The Harley Davidson option of the Ford F-150 was available between 2000 and 2011. It was powered by a 5.8 liter V8 which produced around 360 bhp.
T Inline 4
1.5 L EcoBoost I-3
Taunus V4

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True or false? Jaguar vehicles are currently powered by Ford engines.
True
Yes they are. And they will be until 2020, at which point Jaguar will replace the Ford engines with power plants of their own making
False

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From this list, which engine went into the Shelby Mustang GT650?
Zetec SE Sigma
Duratorq
302 V8
Ford picked an incredible car to put the 302 Ford V8 into - the Shelby GT350! It provided not only power but reliability. A even more high-performance version went into 1969's Boss Mustang.
York

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Which of these engines was produced by Ford Great Britain?
Duratec 8v PS
GAA engine
Consul 4
The Consul 4 engine was produced by Ford in the United Kingdom in the 1950s and 1960s. The 1951 engine, the first produced, had a 1.5-liter displacement and produced around 47 brake horsepower.
None of the above

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Can you tell us which of these engines is a modern Ford diesel powerplant released in 2016?
I4 DOHC
EcoBlue
Developed by teams in the United Kingdom and Germany, the EcoBlue was introduced in 2016 to replace the Duratorq. Two options are available, a 1.5-liter or a 2.0-liter. The top-of-the-range 2.0-liter engine, found in the Ford Ranger Raptor, produces 238 brake horsepower.
Endura-E
Valencia

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This engine is found in Ford's smaller, more economical models. What is it?
CHT
I4 DOHC
1.0 L EcoBoost I-3
First introduced in 2012, the 1.0-liter EcoBoost engine is a 3-cylinder engine. It can produce an impressive 123 brake horsepower.
Endura-E

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True or false. In 1929, a homebuilt aircraft, the Pietenpol Sky Scout, was powered by the Model T engine.
True
Bernard H. Pietenpol was an aircraft designer who loved using Ford engines to power his planes. His first design, the Air Camper, used the Model A engine. But Pietenpol wanted something lighter, so in his next design, he went with a Model T engine.
False

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The Ford 2300 HSC engine is found in a number of vehicles. What does HSC stand for?
High Swirl Combustion
The 2300 HSC engine was produced between 1984 and 1994. It was found in a few Ford and Mercury models, including the Ford Tempo and Taurus.
Heavy Safety Carburetor
Heat Sink Cleaning
None of the above

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Can you name Ford's range of engines that are both green and offer better fuel economy?
Kent
Windsor
EcoBoost
The EcoBoost engines from Ford are available in a range of configurations and sizes and feature across their models. Ford claims they offer 30% fuel saving while producing 15% less harmful gases.
None of the above

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Which of these engines was a product of Ford Germany?
Kent engine
Triton V10
Taunus V4
A 60-degree V4 engine, the Taunus was first used by Ford in Germany in 1962. It was available as a 1.2, 1.3, 1.5 and 1.7-liter engines.
Scorpion Diesel V8

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True or false? Although the production of the Model T stopped in 1927, its engine was produced until 1941 by Ford.
True
A simple, cheap and reliable engine, the 2.9-liter inline four that powered the Model T was never going to win in the speed stakes. That said, after the Model T was discontinued in 1927 for the Model A, the engine carried on in production until 1941. It was used in many ways including in boats, industry and by the military.
False

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