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Hot Rods So, what do you think is the coolest hot rod engine ever?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Mar 30, 2016.

  1. 46stude
    Joined: Mar 3, 2004
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  2. Speed Gems
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 2,572

    Speed Gems

    Chrysler Fire power or Desoto Fire Dome with a 6x2 manifold would be my vote!
  3. While I'm a Ford guy so my tastes run to FEs, I always thought a blown 394 Olds had the perfect lo-key 'Don't !#$@ with Me' look.
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  4. Gene Boul
    Joined: Feb 9, 2006
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    Gene Boul

    Early hemi followed by any flattie with vintage speed equipment!
  5. BuckeyeBuicks
    Joined: Jan 4, 2010
    Posts: 2,026

    from ohio

    NAILHEADS, 49-64 Olds, 55 on up Pontiac V8s, 49 -76 Caddys, 265,283 ,327,348,409,396,427 Chevys. I am a GM guy, can you tell?
  6. RJC
    Joined: Dec 29, 2008
    Posts: 24

    from hope bc

    jimmy 6 with crossflow head fentons tripower ect.
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  7. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
    Posts: 4,441


    A '36 Ford pu has roughly the same engine compartment of a '39/'40 car. I bet you've seen the one in this pic at Dewey. It might have been at MoKan, too. A nailhead would fit the narrow confines of your pu pretty well. I don't remember the owner of this car or have the photographer's name. I would give props to them if I knew.

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  8. draggin'GTO
    Joined: Jul 7, 2003
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    A 389 or 421 Tri-Power Pontiac engine would be my choice.

    They look pretty darn good with the factory chrome dress-up pieces on them, '64 421 HO pictured in the foreground.

    Definitely one of the unsung heroes of the hot rod world, once you own one you'll understand why they're such a great engine.

    Four 1959 389s (engine in the background) powered Mickey's Challenger to 406 MPH back in '59.

  9. I am kinda partial to the early nail heads, 54 Roadmaster 322.
  10. El Caballo
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
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    El Caballo

    I think it must be the firing order, but nothing gives me a motor boner quite like an FE with a decent cam in it.

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  11. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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    That's sexy.
  12. Early OHV Caddy, Olds, Nailhead Buick, an Ardun, of course but those are kinda unobtanium.

    I think if I had the $$ I'd go Cadillac in the 40, like Moriarty. I had a brief fascination with flatheads but I'm kinda over it now.
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  13. Dayum' !! Nice choices so far ..... ditto on all of the above. I like the late 40's to 50's lakes racers ..... so many are a tad too heavy for my choices ... if I can get a oval track Offy' with a four speed electric overdrive ... I would be in heaven. Most are in museums, and way above my pay grade though.

    Having said that .... something lighter and cheaper comes to mind .... aluminum Buick V8 215 into the later Rover derivatives would be fun ..... although can be very pricey, and then again ... not so.

    To really get murky .... something about the Jaguar six from the late 40's to late 50's would be fun. I dunno' how that rings well with others, probably won't ..... but the pictures are too cool to look at.



    ...self explanatory formerly mentioned engine ... Fred and his Offy engines.

    Buick 215 ^^ .... its British cousin has increased displacement and parts interchange ($$) ...


    Jag' 6 in an XK6 vintage race car. Squint a little and it says Offy to me ..... carbs' are on the wrong side .... yeah, yeah .... not so cheap, and the electrics (?) well they wouldn't be over the pond variety for this guy. The Saloon four door sedans share drivetrains .... found a running '60 this winter in Fort Worth for 2600 bucks/didn't buy it ....Jag' 6/4speed/electric overdrive/four doors/rat's nest ....would be fun in a channeled Phaeton track nose.

    In any event ..... blah blah blah .... right ?
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  14. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
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    One of these lumps in any old Ford would work for me.

  15. The one in whatever car I have right now.;)

  16. Damn, I have a extreme illness as well. I like every engine posted! After looking at all these pictures, I wont sleep for weeks. Thanks alot! LOL:eek::D
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  17. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
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    I feel your pain Mikey. I had a plan, but that went out the window. I am now leaning towards Buick Nailhead, but depending on what I have for lunch, that could change.
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  18. Ron Brown
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    Ron Brown

    love the bangers...cant afford an overhead conversion, none of them! At roughly $250.00 you can buy 20 SBCs for the cost of just the conversion kit. In fact, you can buy probably 95% of the engines listed on this vine AND all the dress up goodies to make them purty for less than just a banger overhead conversion. Prices on these things are WAY beyond my pocketbook.
  19. 35WINDOW
    Joined: Jul 7, 2005
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    I am real partial to the one that's in my Car right now-

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    Gawd I suppose it depends on what day it is and where my mind is currently wandering. My problem is that while I am considered to be a died in the wool SBC guy I like and either do tune or have tuned a lot of different motors. Today my mind is wandering toward a well dressed Y block Lincoln, good sound good torque, but floating in the background is a well dressed V8-60 Marine motor (proper rotation half of a twin screw) that I once owned. Tomorrow I may wonder about the 331 Caddy in my old '46 Coupe and next week I may want to play with a blown Study.
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  21. putz
    Joined: Jan 22, 2007
    Posts: 533

    from wisc.

    hands down sbc 327....... for me !
  22. woodhawg
    Joined: Apr 11, 2009
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    1. S.F.C.C.

    Y block, FE or SBF.
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  23. A 4 cylinder Lycoming if it is going in a rear engine rod. One would look pretty funny up front I would think.


    Like @31Vicky with a hemi I would really like to have a Coyote to play with, not traditional but doesn't mean that I don't want one. :oops: :D :D

    For some reason perhaps because of availability these guys get over looked a lot. This one would be pretty rare it is the 413" version of the of the 426 Max wedge.


    But they also came this way:



    And the smaller version was a tall deck 383 also a good motor, perhaps not considered cool by most but screw most that is what I say.
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  24. wex65
    Joined: Dec 19, 2012
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    from WV

    Early nailhead...angry sounding and tons of torque.
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  26. Thore
    Joined: Aug 2, 2015
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    Any suggestion what to put in my 48 Pontiac?
  27. Pancho in a pancho, says I.
  28. Roothawg
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  29. What do ya like and what will your budget support? I like big Ponchos too, 389, 400, 421.

    If you could find and afford one if these backed by a Super T10 or an M22 that would be tits.

    Of course I would probably just throw whatever my budget would handle and call it good. :D
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  30. paul55
    Joined: Dec 1, 2010
    Posts: 3,223

    from michigan

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