Ford’s Romeo Engine Plant Builds Ten-Millionth Engine
Ford’s engine plant in Romeo, Michigan, reached a historic milestone yesterday: it produced its ten-millionth engine.
Originally a Ford tractor plant, the facility was converted into an engine factory in 1990. Although it’s previously been home to such exotic mills like the Ford GT’s aluminum-block supercharged 5.4-liter V-8, the plant currently builds engines destined for the F-150, Mustang, E-series, and Mercury Grand Marquis.
The historic ten-millionth engine is one of Ford’s 4.6-liter three-valve V-8s, most commonly seen in the F-150 and Mustang GT. This particular engine is being shipped to Ford’s plant in Flat Rock, Michigan, for installation in a new 2010 Mustang GT.
Ford’s Romeo engine plant not only produces 140 engines per hour, but also many of the major components found inside the engine. Engine blocks, crankshafts, cylinder heads, camshafts, and connecting rods built in house are then sent to one of the plant’s two production lines. The high-volume line produces two- and three-valve 4.6-liter V-8s, while a “niche” line allows the Shelby GT500’s 5.4-liter supercharged V-8 to be hand-built.