Jeff McNeal wrote:
>> Let's not forget that the Spitfire sports what amounts to be a modified
>> tractor motor....
Joe Curry replied:
>I have heard that said all too often. However it is completely false!
>The Spitfire motor does not share any common lineage to tractors. That
>is the TR2,3,4 wetliner engine that is the same basic design that was
>used in Ferguson tractors. The link in in name only.
Right, Joe. Some would say that the wetliner engine, also found (first by
months, as I recall) in the Standard Vanguard, is a bit of a "tractor" motor
regardless of application.
Meanwhile, the Spitfire motors -- indeed, also the six-cylinder motors found
even in the mighty TR250/5/6 -- all trace their origin to the mighty 803cc
Standard 8 engine circa 1953. And I'm not kidding about the "mighty" part:
upwards of 25-26hp or more in original tune! :-)
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