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What's your Favorite Vintage Hot Rod engine

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by seesko, Oct 31, 2010.

  1. You can say if it's a Flathead or even SBC but what would be your next choice?
    Mine would the Buick Nailhead, 401-425s
  2. 38FLATTIE
    Joined: Oct 26, 2008
    Posts: 4,350

    from Colorado

    Mine's a Cadillac flathead, followed by the Hudson I6 Twin-H 308.
  3. 1963 gmc v-12! 702 cubic inches of fossil fuel burning torque. found one, been collecting parts to put together a " chitty bang bang " type hot rod
  4. PacaRacer50
    Joined: Oct 3, 2010
    Posts: 154


    Hudson 308 Hornet flathead 6 is my choice. Note: McCulloch supercharger is optional :)



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  5. I have a 287 Pontiac with tri power I've been icing to put it in something
  6. 38FLATTIE
    Joined: Oct 26, 2008
    Posts: 4,350

    from Colorado

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  8. KrisKustomPaint
    Joined: Apr 20, 2007
    Posts: 1,107


    390 cadillac the earlier ones(59, 60) They get my vote. good looking strong runnin' motors. the early olds rocket motors are pretty sweet mills too.
  9. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,481

    from Michigan

    I'd have to say the Chevy 302 or 327... next the fe Ford 427.... Chevy 409 .. a Pontiac 428 w/RAM AIR goodies and Tri-Power... I could write a book on this subject.... :)
  10. pcterm2
    Joined: Aug 25, 2009
    Posts: 551


    four letters H E M I
  11. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,481

    from Michigan

    How about a Pontiac SD 421???.... :D

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  12. old man's '37
    Joined: Oct 31, 2010
    Posts: 21

    old man's '37
    from Florida

    327 chev, camel back heads, and a six pack
  13. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
    Posts: 2,948

    metal man

    De Soto Hemis and the Ford FE are my favorites.Also have a thing for just about any overhead valve inline 6.
  14. '25 Chev 4 & '34 Cadillac V8 Because it has 4 exhaust ports instead of 3 like the later flat Cads.


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  15. The Shocker
    Joined: Dec 30, 2004
    Posts: 3,540

    The Shocker

    "W" head Chevys 348/409 look the coolest IMO,followed by a nailhead ...
  16. I love the looks of a massive HEMI
  17. murfman
    Joined: Nov 6, 2006
    Posts: 539


    Mopar Flathead six..
  18. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
    Posts: 26,961


    354 or 392 HEMI
  19. bubba67
    Joined: Nov 26, 2008
    Posts: 1,788

    from NJ

    Five letters...ARDUN
  20. falcongeorge
    Joined: Aug 26, 2010
    Posts: 18,341

    from BC

    Tall deck desoto, if cam blanks were available, or a Cad flathead with Edmunds heads. Hey, if your gonna dream...
  21. 1950Effie
    Joined: Sep 30, 2006
    Posts: 798

    from no where

    Full dressed Ford Flatty for me. Then Ford Bangers and the original Ford "K" engine 289 271HP Hi-PO
  22. das858
    Joined: Jul 28, 2010
    Posts: 680


    331-392 Hemi, most impressive looking engines ever.
  23. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,456

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    You've been eating icing ? What about the cake ? :D

    I like the early Hemis and I have a 312 Y Block for my 26 RPU.
  24. Later Cads with only 3 . . . now, now . . . :D - the FlatCad team is going to show you a 41 model with 4 exhausts in the near future - just a little work on the center one. Will it make any difference - who the hell knows, but we're doing it all the same!
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    An overhead valve BANGER!:eek::eek::eek:

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  26. AA/Fuel34fordpu
    Joined: Mar 15, 2005
    Posts: 1,266


    SBC for me the engine that changed everything!
  27. smarg
    Joined: Nov 18, 2008
    Posts: 1,069


    317, 341 and 368 Lincoln Y-blocks.....
  28. RDR
    Joined: May 30, 2009
    Posts: 1,352


    HEMI..big..medium...or small HEMI...:eek::eek::eek:

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  29. I can't choose unless we pick a decade to work within:

    Here is mine (only engines that I have worked on . . . so I'm limiting myself on purpose):

    1) 30's -- A year ago it would have been a Ford Model C banger - with an overhead (but shit, I've never built one of those, F@#$ it). But wait -- now that I've been bitten by FlatCad Bonneville fever, it will now HAVE to be the 346 cube Cadillac flathead V8. I've never been partial to the 21 stud Ford flatheads . . .

    2) 40's -- Most definitely the Ford Flathead V8 - 59Z, 59L or whatever the hell other good block you have.

    3) 50's -- Now that is a BITCH . . . so many cool engines, such great innovative times. Sticking to my rules (having worked on them) -- I'm going to stick with TWO (can't make a choice) -- the Chrysler Hemi and the Ford Flathead - with Ardun heads. How the hell do you expect me to pick one of those over the other . . . not a chance.

    4) 60's -- Lots of engines I'd like to choose, but I made the decision based on what I've worked on . . . . God only knows I wish it were a 427 SOHC Ford or a BOSS 429 (69 was a good year!) So, I'm going to have to choose the 427 Corvette Rat motor of 1966 . . . the BBC is one hell of an engine that has redefined large cubic inches and horsepower for the somewhat common man. I'd love to talk about others like the 426 Hemi, but I don't know a single person from my youth that had one, could afford one, etc . . . they didn't exist in my crowd in SoCal (and I'm talking the mid 70's when I could actually drive a car!). Hell - big blocks were rare enough . . .

    5) 70's -- I really can't think of a single NEW design that I'd jump up and down for . . .

    6) 80's, 90's, etc . . . SHIT, ran out of motors that are new to me -- the ones I like are all variants of the past. 1980's --> Just built a strong 302 Ford roller motor - nice compact engine, lots of HP for the price -- lets see how road-racing goes next spring!

    But I must say - the Ford Mod Motor, the newer Hemi, the modern Chevy LS motors . . . big ass 426 Hemi variants . . . . I love em all! (really 1990's forward). Never enough time or money . . . maybe someday I'll build some of these -- as I have not to date.
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  30. aircoup
    Joined: Aug 13, 2009
    Posts: 898


    hands down AN EARLY HEMI,,,,,,,,,

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