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Hot Rods In your opinion what is the best all around cubic inch combination for a hot rod?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Oct 7, 2020.

  1. 327-sbc

    119 vote(s)
  2. 283-sbc

    29 vote(s)
  3. 265-sbc

    1 vote(s)
  4. 427-sbc

    9 vote(s)
  5. 302 Ford

    16 vote(s)
  6. 390 Cadillac

    10 vote(s)
  7. 390 FE- Ford

    5 vote(s)
  8. 354 Chrysler

    6 vote(s)
  9. 392 Chrysler

    21 vote(s)
  10. Flatheads rule

    59 vote(s)
  11. 389 Pontiac for Abone

    12 vote(s)
  1. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 21,092


    I’m sure that this is one of those questions that doesn’t have a definitive answer. It’s more of a talking point really.

    I personally like Caddys. No one makes go fast stuff for them, but I just kinda like em. No real reason. I just do.

    I like small journal stuff like the 265’s and 283’s.

    I like the FE stuff, although I have never owned one. They just have a distinctive sound.

    I also like the Y blocks even though they hardly fit in anything without surgery.

    It’s bench racing, there is no right answer.
  2. Gammz
    Joined: May 10, 2015
    Posts: 805

    from Lincoln Ne

    It’s probably been brought up. But a guy can stroke a Ford Windsor and have reliable fun as well. And it’s not terribly expensive. 331,347 363,408

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  3. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,838


    I'm not going to answer your question other than to say I'm largely over the idea of high horsepower, bigger-is-better mentality when it comes to hot rod and custom engines. To begin with my affinity for traditionally styled cars and engines runs directly counter to the end goal of making a car as powerful and as fast as possible. That's a fact. Old cars are not as fast as new cars, and there is no moral victory in spending $25000 on an engine and trans combination only to get gapped by a 20 year old with an LS-swapped turbo Fox body or off-the-showroom Tesla Model X. I don't really subscribe the mindset that "it's fast for what it is" is good enough. Speed is objective. Cool is subjective, and that's why I'd rather have something that looks, sounds, and runs awesome rather than strictly concern myself with power and performance.

    In a light car, especially on street tires, I don't think much more than 400 hp is even usable in a hot rod. You can get that out of pretty much anything with enough work.
  4. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,604

    from oregon

    Apologies to the traditionalists (and Ford guys).
    Anyone contemplating a big cube SBC build needs this book.

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  5. Bearing Burner
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 908

    Bearing Burner
    from W. MA

    Stroker McGurk said a Long time ago" that there was no subitute for cubic inches"
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  6. I like and run 383", 385" and 389" SBC's. The motor that Chevy should have made...
    There's NO replacement for displacement, period! :cool:
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  7. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 19,689

    from Michigan

    Yep! Them things do have that horsepower..:D:D:rolleyes::D:D
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  8. brianf31
    Joined: Aug 11, 2003
    Posts: 659


    For a street driven traditional rod, it's hard to beat the looks of a 392 Chrysler.
  9. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
    Posts: 7,119

    anthony myrick

    Whatever the crap is laying around the shop.
    As far as looks and sound, a flatly zipping through zephyr gears is hard to beat.
    I like the sj SBC stuff as well.
    235/261s with split exhaust is one of my favorite.
    Caddys, FEs, poncho, Hemi .........there is no wrong answer.
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  10. Six Ball
    Joined: Oct 8, 2007
    Posts: 3,807

    Six Ball
    from Nevada

    "Whatever the crap is laying around the shop." If they are laying all around the shop pick the best one and you ate done. :rolleyes: If best includes fun you are right on. :cool:
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  11. Ericnova72
    Joined: May 1, 2007
    Posts: 450


    Those Big Block results pretty much mirror the results they got with the 4.03" x 3.75" "383 stroker" SBC vs 4.155 x 3.48" "377 de-stroker" SBC's test they did a number of years prior.

    Small bore/long stroke does not make sume magical increased amount of torque just because it has a long stroke.

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