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I have this sovereign with this very unusual engine. It is water-cooled a V4. I want to rebuild it but dont know what make or model it is. The radiator is missing in the photos.

Sorry about the bad pictures. Tomorrow you will find out why the subject is "December fools day?"! Lawrence

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Kent
I didn't know the Saab used a German Ford engine... I know they used the V-4 because they were so short and Saab didn't use tranverse-mounted engines in their front-wheel drive... kind of like early Audis.... Never owned nor worked on one, but a friend had one. If these V-4 engines are as good as the 2000cc OHC German Ford engines used in the first Ford Pintos, it's a great engine. But, I think the 1600cc OHV German Ford engine, and it wasn't nearly as good. The 2000cc was used through 1972, I think, and put out 100HP. Ford increased the displacement to 2300cc when they "smog-controlled" it in 1973 with an American-made engine, dropped the compression ratio, and the HP dropped to 76... it was a slug in comparison, and got worse gas mileage....

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PatRarick
Doesn't look like an engine to me. No evidence of a crankshaft out of the front, carb appears to be sitting on something with no evidence that it is bolted down, looks like only two spark plug wires, running from one side to the other with no distributor or magneto in between, and several other "clues". The pitch of the fan blades shows a rotation that would be correct for the tractor though! The "December Fool's" seems to be a pump or compressor that has been rigged to look like an engine. Can see a name plate below the fan in the second photo, but can't make it out. Pat

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Your all rong!!! Its a -40 hp engine made by the Humbug Motor company in Pleasantville TN. Really, some day I hope it runs. Now all I need is a cam and two big blocks af aluminum for the heads. I have it all apart and have things pretty well figured out. Including boring it out 3/8 oversize and putting new liners in! and water cooled? Yes, easy! Tonight i'm working on the "ideal" compression ratio, but there isn't one. Anyway, maybe some day i'll have a lil "Chevy" in a sovereign. I can hear it already! Lawrence P.S. This may never happen, so dont hold your breath! A cam would be pretty hard to find.

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