Four-cylinder Ford Model 'T' engine with auxiliary Rajo overhead valve cylinder head conversion. The engine produces approximately 50 horsepower. There are dual carburetors and pressure fed fuel, operated by hand air pump. Internal engine lubrication system is by 'Splash System' (no oil pump). Supplemented by the small tank on the right side under chassis via hand pump and sight feed on dash.
Cooling is by Thermal Syphon assisted by Auxiliary belt driven water pump, Boyce Motormeter Temp Gauge is mounted on radiator cap.
Ignition system is German Bosch Magneto, Geardriven Stewart. There is a 120 mph speedometer and 3000 RPM Tach which are linked chain driven.
The service brake is foot operated and there is a single external drum. Emergency brake is hand operated and works on the two rear wheel drums. Wheels are Periman 23-inch artillery 'wooden spokes'. Top speed is over 100 mph.
Of the many great marques that race at the Historics in class 1-A, it was a real treat in the late 1980s to see one of the original Stutz racing cars from 1915 entered and race ready.
Since the current owner only race against himslef at the Historics, he never thought of competing with the Stutz, it was just pure pleasure to see it in action. Five or six laps into the race on the old 4-turn course, it all happened so fast I could not have planned it. The owner had passed a couple of cars and was steadily decreasing the gap on a few more when, as he exited turn 2, some-thing broke his train of thought and he suddenly realized that the next car in front of me was the Big White Stutz.
Wow! Wouldn't it be great for a lowly Ford to pass an incredible Stutz! He really had no time to ponder it further, just follow the procedures. The timing turned out to be perfect. The long stretch between turns 2 and 4 allowed him to keep his foot in it, passing the Stutz at over 90mph. Definitely a life-long memorable highlight for old #4.Also photographed at :