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Changed my mind - you ever done that?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by jaxx, Nov 14, 2009.

  1. jaxx
    Joined: Mar 22, 2008
    Posts: 401


    Test fired the 225 slant super six that I was planing for the 25/ 26 dodge RPU build and just changed my mind on the engine choice. decided to go with the small block 318 insted - Just couldn't see myself with the six and being satisfied. Any of you ever make that big of a change in plans in the middle of a build? Now I need a 727 tourqflight and an 8 1/4 rearend to go with the 318 I have, but theres lots of them around. Just got to start gathering parts again. Got a decent 225 slant super six - 904 auto and 7 1/4 rear end with 294 gear ratio if your looking! - Guess I didn't want to finish this thing this year anyway- Jaxx
  2. floored
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
    Posts: 470


    Go with the leaning tower of power. Yea I change my mind alot.
  3. plym49
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,803

    from Earth

    Yep -- and good choice. Slant engines never look right in a rod.
  4. chopo
    Joined: Feb 20, 2006
    Posts: 1,265


    I change my mind everytime I mess with the car. No shit I hear ya. 6's are cool. But...... I still am running a flathead 6. They have their limitations.

  5. BigBlockMopar
    Joined: Feb 4, 2006
    Posts: 1,360


    You'll have an easier time finding a smallblock 904 then a smallbock 727.
    And besides, going from 6 to 8 sounds like a normal 'change in plans' anyway... ;)
  6. Boyd Who
    Joined: Nov 9, 2001
    Posts: 2,196

    Boyd Who

    I'm ripping the /6 out of my Essex in the spring to replace it with a SBC. Nothing wrong with the 6, but it's too damn long and I have no room for my feet in the cab.
  7. man if i could stop changing my mind i might be able to finish something.

    i envy people who can make one plan and stick to it through a whole build.
  8. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,676


    Slant 6's are great little engines, but I just think they look terrible in a hot rod. I really like straight 6's and will stay with it in the 54. Straight 6's look great in a hot rod, but it would really be hard for me to commit to a 6 in a fresh build, even though I do love em. I think you made the right choice.
  9. neonloverrob
    Joined: Jan 25, 2009
    Posts: 560

    from newton, ks

    Nope, never! He he he. Thats why I've got enough parts to build 3 trucks.:D AND... still have shit everywhere!
  10. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    The only open engine rod that the Slant Six looked at home in was Tex Smith's XR-6.

    Great engines but not long on looks even when dolled up.
  11. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 6,985


    I guess that's why project cars are never "really" finished! The '57 was going out for paint in 2 weeks. Just couldn't bring myself to keep the 'glass front end & bumper. I didn't like the way it fit the car and knew I was gonna end up hating it. Ordered up a brand new set of front fenders and picked my best steel hood to go on the car. Another big expense, but my painter said it was the best thing I could have done. I think so too.
  12. 1931S/X
    Joined: Apr 5, 2007
    Posts: 667

    from nj

    yeah... i collected motor, trans, rear, adapter bellhousing and flywheel, 2x2 intake and carbs to stick in my 31 essex coupe, and decided i dont want to hot rod it, and i dont really want it anymore. at least i didnt have to take it apart to figure that out.
  13. TexasDart
    Joined: Oct 11, 2007
    Posts: 853


    I have a Slant six in my 65 and I go thru this everytime I change something on the carb...or V8...hmmm....did the I'm still thinking V8.

    I would go with the 904 too. It's probably a little smaller and will handle most anything the 318 would throw at it. They are a lot easier to find too....and cheaper. They can be built to handle quite a bit of HP.
    But if it was me...I'd have to find a 4 speed. If I ever convert the 'vert' to a 318/360 I want a 4 or 5speed. You could make the tranny housing smaller to for more room in the cab.
  14. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
    Posts: 31,255


    I accumulated parts for a .040 over 396 for the 48 over a period of 20 years only to decide to go with a 292 straight six in place of the 250 that is in it now. I still have the 396 and goodies and it will go in something one of these days.
    I thought changing our minds all the time was part of playing with hotrods and customs.
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  15. eddie1
    Joined: Jul 27, 2006
    Posts: 563


    No I have never changed my mind. Oh wait, yes I have. :D
  16. Chevy55
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 409

    from Nebraska

    Why stop with a 318? I would start looking for a 440 to really juice it up. I had a completely rebuilt 396 big block chevy on the engine stand for 10 years and it finally found a home in my 56 Chevy gasser. I have never even fired it yet and I was thinking about replacing it today with a 454 I have. Probably wont just now because someday I need to drive this thing.
  17. teddyp
    Joined: May 28, 2006
    Posts: 3,197


    i did the same thing started a 6 then said hey i could have a v-8 lucky the 50 coupe had a v-8 in it when i got it so i didn,t have to go though that again wait! i have a 3-1 barrel set up and some chome goodie ? no not again
  18. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,584


    Those slants will turn mid-10's in a early a-body.... nothing to sneeze at.
  19. Stevie Nash
    Joined: Oct 24, 2007
    Posts: 2,999

    Stevie Nash

    Change my mind all of the time. Almost bought another project to go in an entirely different direction, then I wussed out at the last second. I need to start slapping myself on a regular basis. Now I'm starting to think about a big block instead of the small block (well, actually I have 2 now) Olds I have... crap!!!
  20. krooser
    Joined: Jul 25, 2004
    Posts: 4,584


  21. Preacher
    Joined: Dec 23, 2002
    Posts: 1,955

    Member Emeritus

    all the time... and I like the move to the 318

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