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Modified Ford Model Bs – Bill Holder @EngineBuilder

Modified Ford Model Bs – Bill Holder @EngineBuilder


It was known as the Model B engine and was produced for only four years beginning in 1932. Sporting only four cylinders, it was basically an upgrade of the earlier Model A powerplant. The “B” engine sported an impressive 200 cubic inches of displacement. Its compression ratio was a super-low 4.9-1. The paltry 50 horses it produced came at about 2,200 RPMs. The engine certainly didn’t appear likely to be a candidate for upgrading, but that wouldn’t be the case.

It was known as the Model B engine and was produced for only four years beginning in 1932, hence the ‘Deuce’ for that number in its model year

In addition to its carburetors, Winfield also produced a B Block compatible head, shown here.

Sporting only four cylinders, it was basically an upgrade of the earlier Model A powerplant.

The “B” engine sported an impressive 200 cubic inches of displacement. Its compression ratio was a super-low 4.9-1.

The paltry 50 horses it produced came at about 2,200 RPMs. Its main components included an ignition system, which included a coil and a centrifugal distributor.

The engine certainly didn’t appear likely to be a candidate for upgrading, but that wouldn’t be the case.

Shortly after its introduction, there was a wave of professional upgrades that evolved making every stock Deuce a potential race engine.

And, single-car garage engine builders would find many different ways of devising methods to triple, and sometimes more, its horsepower with a multitude of aftermarket and homemade performance parts.

It was a favorite of two types of motorsports fans.

First, there was the type that looked at it for performance street. But the performance improvements that were possible also made it an excellent candidate for oval track racing with the sprint car (then called big cars).

There was one common component in a majority of the conversions, that being a pair of two-barrel carbs, usually Winfields.

All these conversions could run on either alcohol or high-test (then called ethyl) fuels, but for alcohol, it was necessary to open up the jets for more flow. The compression ratios were also higher for alcohol use.

Established B Block Aftermarket Conversions:

HAL B Block Conversion

This high performance head was licensed by Chrysler for use by Ford. On the head was the warning to use high-performance spark plugs.

The HAL conversion was a popular racing conversion for the Deuce. This conversion lasted into the 1950s where it was still competitive. On some occasions, the block was bored out to about 220 cid.

Besides the HAL cylinder head, there was also a balanced crank, and either a single or double overhead cam. The latter was the preferred system if the pocketbook would allow it.

It also used a pair of single-barrel carburetors. It’s compression ratio was about 7-1. It was reported that some of these set-ups were capable of producing one horsepower per cubic inch of displacement, which was a pretty heady accomplishment for the time period

In addition, the very early HAL engines had carburetors sitting on top of the engine instead of the normal side-draft position. Hal B Block conversions have been noted with different displacements, some bored out to 220 cubic inches and sporting a balanced crank.

One restored 1934 HAL sprinter had an illustrious history and carried Flynn carburetors along with magneto ignition.

It burned alcohol. During its racing days, it won the NARA Northeast series and was reportedly driven by Indy 500 driver, Bill Holland

Dreyer B Block Conversion

Pop Dreyer was one of the best-known engine builders of the period. His cast iron heads connected to the B Block provided one of the best sprint car powerplants during the 1930s. The engine also sported twin Winfield carbs, aluminum intake manifold and a SOHC cam set-up. It was reported that these engines could produce over 200 horsepower.

He later would build a block of his own which would incorporate a double overhead cam and five main bearings instead of the three on the standard B Block

RAMAR B Block Conversion

This RAMAR conversion features a steel head, a dry sump soiling system, and 1.25 inch Winfield Carburetors

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Evapo-Rust and Ultrasonic Cleaner Meets Model B Transmission Parts


As you can see the caps above were still in a pretty rusty state and this was after some soaking in paraffin.

So onto the next stage which involved the double team of Evapo-Rust and the Ultrasonic Cleaner

And as you can see after about a day just soaking in the Evapo-Rust and then a few hours in the Ultrasonic cleaner the results are very pleasing.

Model B Rear Gearbox Mount

The mount as you can see is in similar condition and is currently residing in the paraffin bucket and is destined for the Ultrasonic/Evapo-Rust combo if it it will fit!

1932 Ford Model B Truck Rolls Out of Long-Term Storage, It’s a Fantastic Survivor – Ciprian Florea @Autoevolution


Introduced in 1932, the Ford Model B wasn’t as popular as its predecessors, the Model A and Model T sales-wise. However, it brought a couple of important changes to the company’s full-size car.

While similar to the Model A on the outside, the Model B was a brand-new car riding on an outward curved, double-dropped chassis. But the biggest innovation was the 221-cubic-inch (3.6-liter) flathead V8. The 65-horsepower mill turned the Model B into the first low-priced, mass-marketed car with a V8 engine.

Granted, the V8-powered version was actually called the Model 18, but it was mostly identical to the Model B beyond the engine. The latter came with a 201-cubic-inch (3.3-liter) four-cylinder unit, essentially an upgraded version of the four-banger that motivated the Model A.

Just like its predecessor, the Model B became a popular hot rod platform in the 1930s, so many of them soldiered onto the 21st century with notable modifications. Many of them were also abandoned in junkyards as Detroit rolled out increasingly more powerful cars after World War II, so Model Bs that still have original underpinnings and sheet metal aren’t exactly common nowadays.

Fortunately, some of them managed to survive the test of time and emerge out of long-term storage as mostly original survivors. This 1932 Model B pickup is one of the lucky ones.

The video below shows the truck coming out of an old garage with a thick layer of dust and a bit of rust on its body panels. There’s no word as to how much time it spent in storage, but we’re probably talking about at least a couple of decades. Still, the pickup appears to be in surprisingly good condition beyond a few rust spots, weld marks on fenders, and a few dents here and there.

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A Detailed Look Back At The Ford Model B – Jason Collins @HotCars


A classic, elegant cat that shows sophistication and yet has a mean streak underneath the hood of the car.

Ford is a car brand that has been around for a very long time. The Ford Model B range changed the look and feel over the years. We will be taking a look at the history behind this classic car as well as how it turned into the iconic 1932 Ford Model B which was not a good seller back in the day but nowadays, people cannot get enough of it.

The Ford Model B is a better version than the Model A. They took everything that was right with the Model A, removed all the problems, and thought it would be a good idea to add in a 4 cylinder engine which was a first for Ford.

Ford Motor Company produced two different models with the Model B name, Ford Model B 1904 and Ford Model B 1932.

In 1904, Ford introduced the upscale touring car. It had polished wood and brass trimming. It was built at the Ford Piquette Avenue Plant. It was Ford’s first car to use the front-engine layout that had a large 24 horsepower 4-cylinder engine positioned at the front of the car behind a conventional radiator.

It was a 2-speed transmission and the engine was a 283.5CID.

It was priced at $ 2 000 which is equivalent to about $ 57 000.00 today. It was a high-end car that was produced for three years. The sales of the car were slow due to the price of the car and it was replaced by the derivative model K in 1906 which was cheaper for the consumer.

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How to Rebuild a 1932 Ford Model B Zenith Carburetor for a Model A 4-Banger Motor – Ryan Manson @clampdowncomp.com


Big Improvements for the Little Banger

When Ford introduced the Model A in late 1927, it was remarkably different from other automobiles offered at the time, even Ford’s own Model T. In many ways, it was a clean sheet design when compared to Ford’s previous line. Many similarities abound, but the Model T and the Model A differ in more ways than they are similar. And four years later, when the Model B came along, the story was very similar. If the brass at Ford at the time were learning things as they went, it was pretty obvious that they were incorporating those things in real time. So, it should come as no surprise that as the new models came out, hot rodders borrowed parts for their older Fords. Wheels, brakes, shocks, transmissions, engines, even complete frames were common swaps for the earlier T and A models as better components were introduced on Ford’s latest offerings.

Here are the two carbs, side by side; the Model B on the left and the Model A unit on the right.

One of the early hop up techniques for the Model A was to swap to the larger 1932 Model B Zenith carburetor. Equipped with a similar, slighlty upgraded flathead four-cylinder engine, the Model B Ford was fed by a slightly larger updraft carburetor (1 1/8-inch) than that found on the Model A (1-inch). While that small difference in size may not sound substantial, it actually equates to a 26% increase in area which translates into more air and fuel that can be fed into the A engine. That small increase can yield upwards of 4 horsepower. Another inconsequential sounding number, but when added to the A’s paltry 40 horsepower, results in a net gain of 10%. Not too shabby for the 1930s!

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Evolutionary Mechanisms – 1932 Ford Model B – David Conwill @Hemmings



It would be easy to pity the Ford Model B. When people think of the 1932 Ford, the first thing that springs to mind is the brand-new V-8 engine that set the world on its head. The host of that engine, the identical-appearing Ford Model 18, has become almost inseparable from its powerplant. Thus, when the four-piece hood is lifted on a Model B, exposing the 50-hp, 200.5-cu.in. four-cylinder, many will feel disappointed with what appears to be a carryover from 1931.

That’s not true, of course, read the article here



B is for Banger – David Conwill @Hemmings



For 1932, Ford introduced an improved version of the Model A four-cylinder to accompany the new V-8 in its cars and trucks. This 200.5-cu.in., 50-hp engine was known, appropriately enough, as the Model B.

The Model B shared many elements with its Model A predecessor, and the two had a great deal of physical interchangeability–attested by the fact that today, many updated Model A’s incorporate some or all of a Model B engine for improved driveability. A prominent change between the Model A and Model B engines was the addition of significantly more bearing area: Larger diameter bearings for both the connecting rods and mains meant better durability and more potential for power.

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Model B Engine & Gearbox Swap – Evaluate the Gearbox


As the gearbox will be needed for the swap, it needs to be evaluated and work out what’s missing and what may need to be replaced

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One of the key points will be properly identify the gearbox case, gearset, shifter and rear mount.

Here’s an example of some of the differences in the shifter housing from Van Pelt

Investigations begin!