Fewer than 50 days from its maker’s 100th birthday, Ford Motor Company’s 100-millionth V8 engine rolled off the Essex Engine Plant's manufacturing line on Tuesday, marking a milestone more than 70 years after Ford’s first mass-produced V8 was built in 1932. This week also marks the beginning of production of Ford’s new 5.4-litre, three-valve Triton V8 that will power the new 2004 F-150 pickup when it starts production this summer. The milestone 100-millionth V8 engine will be installed in the first F-150 built this year at the Norfolk (Virginia) assembly plant.