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History Was Henry asleep when the first Chevy Small Block came out ???

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by 33sporttruck, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. nlualum82
    Joined: Dec 24, 2005
    Posts: 103

    from Oregon

    One of the very best cars at this years Graffiti Weekend in Roseburg, Or. was an immaculate roadster with a '38 Caddilac V8. He made some really cool headers which exited between the heads.
    Nice '23 Citroen! Change the wheels/tires and it would already have the right look.
  2. biscaynes
    Joined: Mar 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,648


    chevrolet took the sales lead, outsold fords starting in '37, only gave it up a few times through to the recent years
  3. SleightsburghMC
    Joined: Feb 17, 2007
    Posts: 99


    Without intervention they would be just another dead make. It would be weird calling Gm Cars orphans!

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  4.' one thing.....what is there more around today ?

    gonna buy me a Lincoln and cruise up and down the road.....
  5. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,307

    Dan Timberlake

    Wasn't that how the Cadillac factory did it too?


    I figure they were unwilling to accept the huge load on the cooling system when the ex ports pass thru the block
  6. This is starting to get off topic, but I find it ironic that a couple of years ago a Honda Accord had a higher percentage of US made parts than any other brand. (I believe it was 94 % US made) Toyota Camry was second.
  7. jesse1980
    Joined: Aug 25, 2010
    Posts: 1,355


    I don't believe that.
  8. chrisp
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 857


    The very first V8 was made by Clement Ader (airplane pilot pioneer in 1890) in 1903 for the Paris-Madrid race, then in 1905 Darracq produced a V8 car, then in 1910 it was the turn of De Dion Bouton to make a v8 car up to 14.7 Liter (897 ci) and it was the last french v8 until the mid 30's with Chenard & Walker (not counting Ford SAF, Matford or Simca)
    All the first production v8 cars until Ford made his own had the same problem : production cost.
  9. hotrod40coupe
    Joined: Apr 8, 2007
    Posts: 2,562


    My grandfather used to tell me about the early Chevrolet V8's. He started working for Chevrolet when WWI ended. He said the were the noisiest thing on the road, sounded like a thrashing machine and were a pain in the ass to work on.
  10. nlualum82
    Joined: Dec 24, 2005
    Posts: 103

    from Oregon

    Sure, Dan, the Caddy exhausts originally exited between the heads, but they didn't have the headers he had. Really drew attention to it.
  11. 03GMCSonoma
    Joined: Jan 15, 2011
    Posts: 248


    Another problem they had was the rod bearings didn't hold up very well. My father said replacement bearings were hard to get so they put Whippet bearings in the Chevy's. The journals were too small. His 2 brothers and he ran a Chevy dealership. When they got a new '17 V8 car, they chopped it up and made a wrecker. What power it had!!
  12. spiderdeville
    Joined: Jun 30, 2007
    Posts: 1,134

    from BOGOTA,NJ

    1927 Chevrolet Surpassed FoMoCo in sales

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