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Hot Rods Hot rod powerplants, hot or stock

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Feb 14, 2019.


What kind of engine do you prefer?

Poll closed Feb 21, 2019.
  1. Bone stock- nice smooth idle

    16 vote(s)
  2. Stock with a lumpy cam for that potato potato potato sound

    85 vote(s)
  3. Full on ridiculous, gotta run race fuel, kick it up in neutral at stoplights

    25 vote(s)
  1. chevy57dude
    Joined: Dec 10, 2007
    Posts: 4,631


    A vote here in the ''ridiculous'' category.
    It runs on pump gas and I'm not afraid to let it all hang out.
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2019
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  2. Fitnessguy
    Joined: Sep 28, 2015
    Posts: 1,030


    Not stock but yes has to be streetable. Full roller valvetrain and good size cam in her. My 68 Camaro has a 383 with all the good stuff, dart aluminum heads and big cam. Lots of grunt. Can't beat torque on a street motor.

    IMG_6574.jpg IMG_6736.jpg
  3. I like a lower RPM torque motor. Not stock, but not a high winder either. 5500 rpm is OK for me, because I like to drive everywhere with tall gears. I always end up over building everything (stroker crank, Brodix heads, H-beam rods, compression, blower, etc,) but a 260-270 cam for drive-ability and gas mileage on long trips. I like to just barely hear the cam at idle. ;)
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  4. bdynpnt
    Joined: Feb 9, 2009
    Posts: 352


    My Y block has a 270 duration cam and is super driveable and sounds good at idle and idles at 600 rpm in gear and gets good mileage 20181116_145450.jpeg

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  5. I picked 'stock with a lumpy cam' only because I don't want to live with a full-race piece anymore. But with a set of aftermarket heads and the right cam you can make outstanding, reliable power these days while still staying within the 'trad style' category. It does help if you stick with three pedals, but shouldn't you do that anyway?.... :rolleyes:
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  6. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
    Posts: 785


    Need something between stock with lumpy cam and full on ridiculous. That's where mine falls.
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  7. 20170522_140427.jpg Because 20hp stock just won't cut it.
  8. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 2,630

    from Berry, AL

    Right now , my Kool Aid budget demands mine stay stock......for the time being.
    I want to get it back on the road and get some miles on it and sort the bugs out before I go a changing anything else. But a new cam is definitely on the list for later on, something with a good lope and low to mid range torque.
  9. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 981


    A tight budget coupled with a strong desire to drive lots of miles pretty well dictates a pretty much stock drive train. I can over come the disappointment of poor performance by adding cubic inches over what the "factory" offered. A case in point, my newest project originally came with a 230 CI 4 speed, its now saddled with an auto trans, but there is a stock 360 CI in front of that auto. Its going to be fun to drive a lot of miles.

    In my younger years I made the pile of broken parts sacrifice to the God's of Speed, and made my share of donations to local law enforcement. Since I'm not smart enough to keep my right foot in check, I needed to find a way I could still enjoy driving. Stock drive trains help. Gene
  10. ROADSTER1927
    Joined: Feb 14, 2009
    Posts: 2,423


    IMG_0810.JPG IMG_0583.JPG My Roadster is in the ridiculous carb dept, has high compression, ported and flowed heads . A quickchange rear with a locker. The 40 Pontiac has a stock engine with a 4 speed and a torsion Gleason center in the 9 inch rear. The stock engine is a 1963 Pontiac Super Duty 421 so they are both serious fun! So put me in any catagory you want but they both are long distance drivers.
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  11. Frankie47
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
    Posts: 1,577

    from omaha ne.

    Its easy to get 500 reliable ponies out of a mild 440 build......performance and manners.
  12. Repman
    Joined: May 29, 2018
    Posts: 3


    Great work on the engines
  13. Repman
    Joined: May 29, 2018
    Posts: 3


    nice looking motor
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  14. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 18,320


    That's exactly what I am talking about.
  15. Blown35
    Joined: May 20, 2008
    Posts: 187


    My goal was to have both a driveable power plant that had that "hot" and "cool" factor - solved in two very different ways - my 35 3 Window with the blown flathead and the IMG00067-20110507-1342.jpg P9250459.JPG P9250459.JPG m9SNKPknQ9iwOm%zV1R9hw.jpg IMG_1169.JPG the 39 Coupe with the 1951 331 Cadillac (punched to 365cid). Both approaches work very well for me!
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  16. RustyDogg
    Joined: Oct 8, 2014
    Posts: 76


    My 383 ('65) is being built now. It'll be a warmed up set up. Good clean up on the heads, bowl blend, port match and valve job. 230ish @50 on the cam, headers and free flowing intake and 750-800 carb. These days with decent gas being long extinct you can only take it so far and still be livable while driving in traffic. I love power but there's a compromise.
  17. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 3,781


    I always liked sleepers wide LDA cams aluminum heads and intakes painted engine colors single 4 barrels and stock valve covers . Must be a hold over from street racing days. Must run on gas available at most stations
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2019
  18. dumprat
    Joined: Dec 27, 2006
    Posts: 2,131

    from b.c.

    Biggest factor in hot rodding is weather or not you are willing to drive the engine to its potential.

    A lot of the guys around here with big power won't ever push them much past an idle for fear of breakage. I am much happier with a mild performance engine with anvil like reliability that I can beat like a rental..
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  19. I try to keep my engines civil nowadays, I like to drive my cars a lot and on long runs.

    A mild cam and enough get up and go to get out of the way but I will never win at the drag strip, I've owned a few big CI engines in the past and don't miss the expense of upkeep on those engines at all. HRP
  20. Well, I prefer to have something a bit more than 'mild', but the ability to be able to thrash it unmercifully occasionally is a must-have. Isn't that the point of a Hot Rod? LOLOL...
  21. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,266


    Loved blowers since I was a kid and finally I have one on my 40 pickup. Have always loved the whine of a super charger! Yeahhhh:D
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  22. Stock Racer
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 571

    Stock Racer

    Hot Rods have to be capable of going fast. You can accomplish that and still be traditional. Stock with a lumpy cam is being a poser.
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  24. exterminator
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 1,266


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  25. Truckdoctor Andy
    Joined: Jan 13, 2017
    Posts: 430

    Truckdoctor Andy

    One of the greatest sounds in our mechanical world is a Small Block Chevrolet with 12 to 1 compression, a cam with 240-250 duration at 50. Nothing compares to its idle and music at 6000 RPM. Gosh I miss my drag racing days!

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  26. Ian_81
    Joined: Feb 11, 2019
    Posts: 1


    Even street runners need a thumping cam and a good set of headers. If not you might as well drive the volvo around

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  27. Oldioron
    Joined: Dec 12, 2018
    Posts: 327


    I don't get it, what's out of hand?
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  28. porknbeaner
    Joined: Sep 12, 2003
    Posts: 40,737


    I put sissy motors in everything I own. :rolleyes:
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  29. Hombre
    Joined: Aug 22, 2008
    Posts: 669


    Now there's a guy after my own heart. I keep telling the old lady that but she just won't listen anymore.

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