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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by greasy50chevy, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. 'Mo
    Joined: Sep 26, 2007
    Posts: 7,432


    I remember 1960's era Hot Rod Magazine coverage of the NHRA Nationals
    at which 44 of 75 class winners (stockers to rails) were Chevy powered.
  2. harley man
    Joined: Jan 24, 2009
    Posts: 152

    harley man

    Olden days The Flathead.......Late 50's on The Small Block Chevy.....
  3. roddinron
    Joined: May 24, 2006
    Posts: 2,677


    Buy? Hell in the 60's and 70's people were giving them away, ----- and there weren't many takers.
  4. ChassisResearchKid
    Joined: Feb 18, 2006
    Posts: 764

    from Michigan

    Yep. That seems about right.
  5. myhd
    Joined: Apr 6, 2009
    Posts: 18

    from Canada

    We bring them up from the Southern U.S. :) :)

  6. shock
    Joined: May 25, 2006
    Posts: 223


    Bangers rule !
  7. I guess this is like beating a dead horse. I love Y-Block Fords but I'm also not blind. SBC is the most common, the cheapest and the most popular. Most young kids don't know what a Y-Block, Nailhead, Rocket, Cad and so on is, altough they learn real quick here. ;)

    I know it's been said before but "nuf said" and I mean it this time.
  8. studematt
    Joined: Feb 12, 2008
    Posts: 432


    I like studebakers but tough to find cool speed equipment for next would be olds, and caddy mills.
  9. KomptonKid
    Joined: Oct 10, 2006
    Posts: 144


    It was MOST POPULAR HOT ROD MOTOR. Sheer numbers make it the most popular (DUH!!) which make the flathead and SBC the winners

    A valid point, however being numerous and cheap isn't what makes Angelina Jolie "popular." Sometimes popular is not about what we can have, but rather what we want. How many of us want a sbc over a Rocket, Hemi or Nailhead? I think the definition here is the only argument in the thread.
  10. olskoolspeed
    Joined: Mar 2, 2009
    Posts: 476

    from Ohio

    Angelina Jolie? Interesting take on this thread. You gotta wonder though: How many that have tried and tested the "Jolie types" have found they are not as fun or fast as the "common ordinary girls" - oops, I mean engines.
  11. pasadenahotrod
    Joined: Feb 13, 2007
    Posts: 11,776

    from Texas

    Using your criteria of MOST POPULAR there are only 2 answers for 2 eras:

    32-54 Flathead Ford V8 in all forms and sizes
    55-present Chevrolet OHV V8 in all forms and sizes

    That's it, there ain't no more that fit that criteria.
  12. Falcon
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 482

    from nevada

  13. I am going to have to say SBC. If you look around my garage you will see;

    350 x2
    305 x1
  14. Falcon
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 482

    from nevada

    152 x 2
    223 x 2
    318 x 2
    350 x 5
    I think thats it for the USA, the 350 is like the 30.06 of motors. imo
  15. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    Angelina Jolie? ..........certainly ain't, never was, and never will be, the most popular gal.
  16. moparmonkey
    Joined: Aug 14, 2009
    Posts: 565

    from NorCal

    Not sure that's a valid way to decide, if you looked around my garage you'd see

    318 x3
    340 x1
    383 x1
    331 x1 :D

    But not even I would vote for a 318 as the most popular hot rodding engine. Its simply not the most desirable, numerous, or coolest engine out there, but it is what I have.

    I agree with those that have said that "popular" and "numerous" aren't always the same thing. I think the flathead and the hemi are probably the two most recognizable (historically, not visually) engines tied to hot rodding history. Definitely not the most numerous though, but if every hot rodder could have any engine they wanted regardless of cost I don't think you'd see half as many sbc's as you do. They're cheap and easy, but I've personally never thought they were "cool". When I think hot rod engines the first thing that comes to my mind is a big old blown hemi jammed in the smallest car possible out at the drags, or a built flathead in a roadster or belly tank out at the salt flats . :cool:

    But given the number of sbc's I see in hot rods these days (do something different people!) I'm probably outnumbered.
  17. 29nash
    Joined: Nov 6, 2008
    Posts: 4,544

    from colorado

    "In the day", if you asked anybody (then) what their favorite (flattie) was, it would have been the Hudson Hornet, Lincoln, or Caddy. Of course most settled for the Ford V8 because it was way more plentiful and cheaper.

    It's pretty obvious that we all have our (current) favorite. It's the one we built last. It's well within my means, but I have no desire for a flattie Ford V8 or sbc. Mayby a 'banger or a Poncho L6.
    Last edited: Aug 22, 2009
  18. Falcon
    Joined: Jul 28, 2009
    Posts: 482

    from nevada

    Thats true about popular vs what everyone has. I remember 302 chev being a hot motor but not may had'em. Prob. same with 348, 409, hemi's, 440 and so on....
  19. Very good point! :rolleyes: The more common ones are easier to tune to your liking.
  20. 1950Effie
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 798

    from no where

  21. The Oldsmobile Rocket 303
    That motor changed the hot rod world.
  22. Like it or not SBC.
    Flattie for old time nostalgia
    Hemi's seem to be everywhere these days. Are Hemis the new _____fill in blank.
    My fave old engine it the Nailhead
  23. I would trade my motors for yours anyday!
  24. turney33
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 110

    from pasco,wa

    some 348-409 love! pretty yes,popular no,untill just now.:D
  25. humpie
    Joined: Oct 28, 2008
    Posts: 161


    well duh! SBC.cause you can get any part you want over night.but i've got my eyes on 2 firedomes and 1 flathead.Things might be a changing:rolleyes:
  26. bobscogin
    Joined: Feb 8, 2007
    Posts: 1,761


    Bingo! Well stated.

  27. 31ACoupe
    Joined: Nov 14, 2005
    Posts: 1,416


    I don't know about that comparison on popularity equating to common and cheap. Flathead people will save and spend $500+ for those cool heads and $250+ for that special intake and $200-$450 each for those 97's; and that is the difference between sbc heads for $150 and those plain looking intakes for $75 and carbs for $50. That is what I meant by common and cheap. Rebuild a flattie? $2-5,000; rebuild a sbc? $250-1200. But the real test for popularity is if you put a flathead V8 and a sbc side by side at a public event you will see where the crowd is.
  28. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 8,058


    No not everyone has one,there is no sbc in my fleet of vehicles and never will and you wont find any parts for them in my garage and shed too so if you break one dont waste your time looking around here.

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