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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by El Caballo, Apr 12, 2017.

  1. spanglishkings
    Joined: Jan 18, 2012
    Posts: 52

    from Napa, CA

    A blown hemi on fuel. Might just be the greatest sound known to man. For those of you who frequented Bonneville in the 80s and 90s, Al Teague's streamliner with a blown KB was the best. Out on the salt we'd wait at the 3 mile for him to go by. His 3-4 shift would be right in front of us - still makes the hair stand up on my arms. Then he'd get small in a hurry, with a rooster tail of salt behind him, and the sound echoing off of the mountains nearby. Unreal.

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  2. willymakeit
    Joined: Apr 13, 2009
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  3. LameExcuse
    Joined: Jan 5, 2009
    Posts: 57

    from Renton, WA


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    Guess I'm partial to hopped up split sixes. Pic is of my 235.
  4. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 909

    from NKy

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  5. flathead_10
    Joined: Jul 2, 2011
    Posts: 136

    from Kansas


    Bsa pre unit. It has a soft spot next to the blown 292 in the dragster


    As soon as I got a race car, I never saw another hundred dollar bill.
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    Joined: Jan 22, 2017
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  7. aussie57wag
    Joined: Jul 13, 2011
    Posts: 217

    from australia

  8. jnaki
    Joined: Jan 1, 2015
    Posts: 2,383



    For me, it is the SBC that did the trick for getting the feeling of a hot rod. Our friends had SBC motors of all kinds from single carbs to multiple carbs. They were small enough to fit in just about any hot rod.

    Our first try at building a motor was the 283 with 6 Strombergs, then upgrading it to a 292 with a 671 plus the 6 Strombergs. That motor will forever stay in my mind whenever I think of a drag race motor that could have been used on the street.

    upload_2017-5-28_4-43-20.png B. Balogh Oct. 1960:

    This is the closest photo to our exact set up on our 292 C.I. SBC in June 1960.

    But, when I got my 1958 Impala 348/280 HP, I had already been working on that motor, to keep it running perfectly for the drags and the street. That 348 motor was unusual and powerful. At the time, it wasn’t the most powerful, but with the way the car was set up, it gave the 315 HP motors a run for their money, every time. It was powerful and tame all at the same time.

    At idle, it was fairly quiet, but when those two extra carbs kicked in, it was a whole new ball game. That motor gave every one (a neck snapping power, coupled with my fast shifts,) a surge that was not felt by any other car on the street. It was impressive.

    This 348 ci motor was big in physical dimensions, so installing it in other hot rods was more difficult than with an SBC. At the time, there were plenty of adapters and mounts to make the SBC fit in any car. So, an SBC is my choice for the best all-around motor for any car, from mild to wild. IMHO

    Going to different photo shoots was fun. First we would drive the 40 Ford Sedan Delivery to car shoots. Then, we would ride the Harley Sportster for bike shoots and sometimes "closer (local So Cal) area" car shoots. Wait, have you ever been next to a hot, Harley Davidson motor at idle? Well, I forgot this would be number two. At idle, or even accelerating, the 88 db twin, individual pipes would make this bike sound go up your arm and give you a feeling like no other.

    When sitting at a stop light and a person in the car next to you hears your motor, gives you the thumbs up and smiles, then that is a moment you cannot forget. Those long rides were unforgettable. Accelerating and going through the gears…Wow…

    So, an SBC is #1 and this Harley motor is a close #2. The 348? Well, it is in third place, but very close to my heart for #1 in memories.

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  9. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 1,926

    from Minnesota

    Daily driving: 327 Chevy
    Weekend fun time burning the hides screw the gas mileage: 396 Chevy
    Wish list: SOHC 427 Ford that I would beat like a rented mule just to irritate my Ford friends ;)
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  10. stimpy
    Joined: Apr 16, 2006
    Posts: 3,547


    I hope your also including the 455 version too . take off the smogger stuff and crank a little timing and tuning in it and it was a powerhouse ... and low compression too 8.0:1 . (do a little welding to the heads to bump it up and it wakes up . )

    the other motors I thought we cool were the FE's my Dad had in his Marauders and the T-birds . all I remember was wheel to wheel dark blue and chrome .
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  11. tfeverfred
    Joined: Nov 11, 2006
    Posts: 15,635


    426 HEMI. Legend.
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  13. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 19,290

    Jalopy Joker

    SAM_3303.JPG test your ID skills and name it
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  14. RichFox
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
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  15. graveyardsledder
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 267


    Anything built way before I was born. I'm very partial to the nailheads and the flatheads as I've got a few. I'll probably get flack for it but I do have a small place in my heart for a 1600cc VW and a Detroit diesel because that's what I cut my teeth on.

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  16. KustomKreeps
    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
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    Nailhead for me please.
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  17. kmrumedy
    Joined: Dec 6, 2009
    Posts: 106


    Great thread.

    Sometimes when I go to the garage to do some work......I instead grab a beer....take a seat...and stare at this whale in the corner dreaming of future things to come!



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  18. robracer1
    Joined: Aug 3, 2015
    Posts: 342


    It would be so fine to have a 409
  19. Fitnessguy
    Joined: Sep 28, 2015
    Posts: 830


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  20. Splitbudaba
    Joined: Dec 30, 2014
    Posts: 246


    Endless potential, and a whole bunch of fun! PSI_3354.jpg
    Had and built several 327 Chevys, street and race.
    Last edited: May 30, 2017
    Joined: Jan 24, 2010
    Posts: 818

    from IDAHO

    This is always one of my favorites.... 18766530_1185345951592433_1343173740951404563_o.jpg
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  22. jchav62
    Joined: Jan 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,192


    327's. Too much fun... a unique sound and 6500 rpms all day long. :cool: IMG_20140526_144707.jpg
  23. nochop
    Joined: Nov 13, 2005
    Posts: 463

    from norcal

    Look to the left, Olds gets me going
  24. hotrodman303
    Joined: Jan 7, 2017
    Posts: 184


    I love FE and flatheads

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  25. hotrodman303
    Joined: Jan 7, 2017
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  26. Just about any internal combustion engine can trip my trigger but I've got a soft spot for early hemis. Growing up reading my Dads 50's and 60's Hot Rod mags the hemi was king. Still is in my mind.


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  27. lippy
    Joined: Sep 27, 2006
    Posts: 3,730

    from Ks

  28. afaulk
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,175


    I've seen so much chrome that I'm sick of it. Polished enough aluminum for this lifetime but I'm still a sucker for anything with a blower and zoomies. My current project........just a few more details, then fire in the hole. 002.JPG
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