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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. 45_70Sharps
    Joined: May 19, 2010
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    To me there are three engines that look good in a hotrod.

    Flathead, Nailhead and a hemi.

    I'm not a big hemi guy, so that leaves two.
    I don't know enough first hand about flatheads other than they are expensive to work on so for me it's the nailhead!

    That's what's in the plans for my 29 anyway.
    Next one might run with a banger though. Another cool engine.
     
  2. farmer12
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    Absolutely! Here's mine.
     

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  3. Cool Valve covers! Beautiful engine.
     
  4. willowbilly3
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    If money was no object, it would be a Miller V12 in my rod and a 427 Ford in my 60s car. Preferably a cammer.
     
  5. scrubba
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    Any of the old car Craft , Rod and Custom, Customs illistrated magazines that featured any and all of Gene Winfield, Daryl Starbird's or Bill Cushenberry's work ! scrubba
     
  6. 1971BB427
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    As a diehard Chevy guy my vote is for the 327 Chevy with 1.94 fueler heads, but I also think there's not much that's cooler than an early hemi!
     
  7. The Hop Walla
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    Dig those cammers.

    dka
     
  8. Left Turn
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    Well... there's the ones I have...

    303 Olds V8 x2
    394 Olds V8
    425 Olds V8
    223 Ford Straight 6
    218 Mopar Straight 6 x2
    248 Buick Straight 8

    And the ones I want...

    Vintage-ish
    460 Ford V8
    440 Mopar V8

    Newer-
    2.3L Ford 4
    4.3L Chevy V6
    2Jzgte Toyota 6cyl
    20R or 22R Toyota 4cyl
    4.0L Jeep/AMC 6cyl
     
  9. 57Custom300
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    Y-block (see avatar)
    Early hemi
    Flathead
    409
    Nailhead

    I like engines that just look different. I've seen enough sbf's & sbc's to last a lifetime.
     
  10. gsp392
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  11. Rot 'n Kustom
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    Had a 1955 Cadillac with a 331 and hydro; it was always fun to mash the pedal!
     
  12. olscrounger
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    this one kinda does it for me-been playing with it for 34 yrs on and off-I know, it's a small block but it runs great, sounds great and don't see too many-love the sound of a solid lifter 283/327--350's don't do it for me though.
    Also a fan of nailheads and flatheads.
     

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  13. JeffreyJames
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    ^^^^^Awesome!^^^^^
     
  14. Retro Jim
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    Flathead and Hemi ! But there are so many more really great hotrod engine from back in the day !

    Retro Jim
     
  15. ClimisCD
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    Pre WWII would be the Packard Twin 6. Post WWII Hemi and Buick nail heads. All three are built well and made to last.
     
  16. Mr. Galore
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    got a 292 y-block (going in the A) and a 394 Olds (going in something that'll do it justice a quarter mile at a time), but the holy grail would be a blown cammer on fuel
     
  17. Capitan Insano
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    flathead hands down
     
  18. sv345. The forgotten Y block.
     

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  19. citcapp
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    303 and 324 Olds
     
  20. bubba22349
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    Looks like a great car it brings back some memory's of the early funny car wars
     
  21. FINKSTR
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    I'm going to say a 409 "W" engine only because thats what just got done at the machine shop for my sedan.
     
  22. For shear awesome looks,its the old Hemi. But my favorite for running is the FE Ford; I've had everything from a 352 to a Tunnel Port and I love them.
     
  23. 296ardun
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    On my avatar...40 runs on straight nitro, wish I still had it.
     
  24. Igosplut
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    That's one of my favorites as well.. Here's mine..

    [​IMG]
     
  25. Boulderdash
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    Early Olds rocket 303ci.
     

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  26. FlamedChevy
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    SBC 327 first then SBC 302 DZ
     
  27. jamn47
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    Besides a Flatty, maybe a hopped up 312 Thunderbird.
     
  28. pumpman
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    The 4 banger we're working on out of my 32.
     
  29. chryco
    Joined: Dec 31, 2007
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    from Winnipeg

    That`s a HOTROD ! With a Hot Rod engine !
     

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  30. rustyford40
    Joined: Nov 20, 2007
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    from Mass Bay

    Someone lives in a very small world.
     

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