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Best engine??

Post by Frankshaft » Sat Feb 10, 2018 11:51 am

This should stir the pot, lol, but, as the title says, what do you think was the best, engine available, domestic V-8's that is, Ford, Chevy, Mopar, Buick, Olds, and why. I also mean, using 90% of the main parts for the build. Rods, crank, block and head cores. Mixing and matching FACTORY installed parts is ok. Example, using a forged crank in a 4 bolt block, with rectangle port heads, etc. If your core came with a cast crank, for example, if the factory installed a forged version in something that was available to the masses, that is ok.

I will start, Big block Chevy. It is hands down the KING. Here is why. What other engine, can you use 90% of all the parts that came with the core and make the kind of power you can with them, and be reliable. Pretty hard to beat. Even a 80's big oval port truck engine, with 3/8 rod bolts and a cast crank will STOMP just about any of them, and live. Heck, even a later peanut port core will. A 4 bolt block, steel crank, 7/16 rods, and some 990 rectangle ports. 800 reliable horsepower would be easy. 1000 would be possible, but, the rods may not hang. Oh, I should add, cost should be a factor as well, making this thread, maybe over, lol. Whoops.

Lets see if we can beat the record for pages, with a fun conversation, other than some controversial tech idea that turns into a giant argument and bash fest.

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Re: Best engine??

Post by SupStk » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:04 pm

This thread will no doubt ruffle some peoples feathers and run into pages of rabbit chasing.
Feel I need to do my part...:D. For N/A engines a SBF gives a good return considering HP/CI.
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Re: Best engine??

Post by turbo2256b » Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:33 pm

I would go for the 351C motor and the 385 series ford motors also mopar Hemis and wedges.

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Post by englertracing » Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:16 pm

turbo2256b wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 1:33 pm
I would go for the 351C motor and the 385 series ford motors also mopar Hemis and wedges.
I second that in that exact order but raise you to a 400c

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Post by oldjohnno » Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:21 pm

I think you need to refine the question a little - best engine for what? Drag racing, dual purpose, daily driver? The BBC has plenty of potential no doubt but it's heavy too. I always liked the 455 Buick for a daily - not particularly high hp but light for its size, torquey and relatively fuel efficient.
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Re: Best engine??

Post by hoffman900 » Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:56 pm

Engines are inanimate objects. They don’t care what they are.

People anthropomorphising engines with these silly arguments
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Post by oldjohnno » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:26 pm

hoffman900 wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 6:56 pm
Engines are inanimate objects. They don’t care what they are.

People anthropomorphising engines with these silly arguments
I don't know what you're talking about...

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Post by MadBill » Sat Feb 10, 2018 10:00 pm

:lol: :lol:
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Re: Best engine??

Post by exhaustgases » Sun Feb 11, 2018 12:42 am

Small Block Chevrolet 1955 ------>

Very well thought out design. =D>

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Re: Best engine??

Post by englertracing » Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:17 am

https://youtu.be/DnCsQPpY6xA
How about in turbocharged form?

Ford modular
Holding down 2500ish HP with a stock block/crank/heads

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Post by turbo2256b » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:05 pm

englertracing wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:17 am
https://youtu.be/DnCsQPpY6xA
How about in turbocharged form?

Ford modular
Holding down 2500ish HP with a stock block/crank/heads
There was a time that the turbocharged quad 4 held the standing mile and flying mile records

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Post by turbo2256b » Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:10 pm

another rare engine was the ford semi hemi got slammed in most racing venues because of its powers.
just after purchasing my 69 Shelby GT350 the boss 429s hit the show room floor. told my sales guy wanted to trade in my 2 month old shelby for it he thought i was joking. gave me all kinds of excuses as to why he couldnt sell it to me

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Post by englertracing » Sun Feb 11, 2018 8:53 pm

turbo2256b wrote:
Sun Feb 11, 2018 1:10 pm
another rare engine was the ford semi hemi got slammed in most racing venues because of its powers.
just after purchasing my 69 Shelby GT350 the boss 429s hit the show room floor. told my sales guy wanted to trade in my 2 month old shelby for it he thought i was joking. gave me all kinds of excuses as to why he couldnt sell it to me
The boss 429 is a BBC killer.

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Re: Best engine??

Post by 340king » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:01 pm

Well, my username says it all. Small block Chrysler, more specifically, the 340. In a well prepped Duster it was a big block eating machine!

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Re: Best engine??

Post by hoffman900 » Sun Feb 11, 2018 9:08 pm

I think when you see LS and Mod motors being used in 24hr endurance road racing, with a lot of factory peices, running at the pace they do, with service intervals of thousands of miles, it makes the old stuff look exactly like it is. Dated.

The Mod motor, with with OEM heads (casting), block, rockers, and intake bested a LSX with just about everything aftermarket at the EMC some years ago. There is something to be said for 4 valves per cylinder...
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