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Would you guys consider putting a 4 cylinder in your ride?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by tlmartin84, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,480

    flathead okie

    According to what car it was, but probably NO
  2. fatkoop
    Joined: Nov 17, 2009
    Posts: 711


    If it was an Offy, HELL YES!!
  3. pagesplaythings
    Joined: Dec 12, 2011
    Posts: 10


    I love mine its turbo and hauls ass

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  4. Zandoz
    Joined: Jan 23, 2012
    Posts: 307


    It depends on the weight of the car and the viability of 6 or 8 cyl alternatives.

    Case in point that I've been considering the small Nash Ramblers. They weigh in at around 2500 lbs or less, and came with a flat head 6 that put out around 90 hp and 150 ft lb torque. There is little to no performance equipment available. The engine bay on them is so short and narrow that putting a more modern 6 or 8 cyl in them requires major cutting. The AMC/Jeep 2.5 4 output was 105-130 hp and 132-150 ft lb torque...and comes with the possibility of a modern transmission and the availability of performance equipment. If the swap is possible it would give 15-30 more hp immediately, with the possibility of more down the road, and a more efficient tranny to make use of what power is available. <SHRUG>
  5. jack orchard
    Joined: Aug 20, 2011
    Posts: 238

    jack orchard

    i agree, if the truck was light, 4cyl would be a good choice. with the heavier truck, a fuel infected 300 6 w/dual exhaust and medium sized cam would provide the torque you need. best of luck for whatever choice you make...jack
  6. dawford
    Joined: Apr 25, 2010
    Posts: 499


    I like the idea of keeping a 4 cylinder engine in a car that came with one.

    I am putting Mercury Marine 4 cylinder engines in my Model A Fords and in my 1965 544 Volvo.

    They will sound and look right and will perform very well.

    The Chevrolet based 2.5 and 3.0 Mercruiser 4 cylinder put out 120 to 140 hp and will make a 2300 lb car Freeway safe.

    The 460 Ford big block based aluminum 4 cylinder can easily put out 190 to 225 hp and weighs about 300 lbs dressed. They will make a 2300lb car scream.

    Turbocharged the big block 3.7 liter Mercruiser will pump out over 300 hp and 300 ft/lb of torque in a mild state of tune.

    The 4.36" bore and 3.75" stroke together with the QuadraJet 4 barrel carb make for good torque.

    The aluminum block weighs 75 lbs. The intake valves are 2.19" with 1.75" exhaust with a low cost aftermarket 460 Ford aluminum head and these engines have produced 500 hp with more sophisticated aluminum heads.


    Dick :) :) :)

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  7. Not no but hell no!!
  8. oZ 57 2 DOOR
    Joined: Oct 11, 2011
    Posts: 25

    oZ 57 2 DOOR

    Yeah I would, and I would lay it over a little and put another one on the other side and lay it the other way. Oh and connect them with a common crank.
  9. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 17,938

    from Michigan

  10. Todd553
    Joined: Feb 16, 2005
    Posts: 465


    I would. And we have. I've posted this before but I feel the need to defend the Ecotec. Here is a Dyno run of our roadster. It holds the G/BFR and G/BGR records at Bonneville, with a best of over 212mph. Makes about 950 hp. We drove the car over 700 miles from Pomona to the Salt Flats and went 207mph on the first pass. Just my opinion but I'll take those numbers.

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  11. Redheadedlefty13
    Joined: Jan 14, 2012
    Posts: 87

    from Avon, Ohio

    really considering putting my 2.3 turbo coupe into my 64 ford fairlane 500. The stock 88 tbird that they came in weight almost 400 lbs more then the fairlane does
  12. Benny_H
    Joined: Apr 4, 2012
    Posts: 89


    I would If I could get my hands on an "OFFY" that would be kool. and It would sound kool too.
  13. 73super
    Joined: Dec 14, 2007
    Posts: 778


    I think as you read the comments there will always be division in what people feel you should and shouldn't do. Most guys are into speed and power although a big trend right now is the unusual.. that would be unusual.. I say go for it.. worst case you're not happy with it and you put something else in there.. What the heck? I'm doing something with one of my rides that is kind of similar to what you're doing here.. the purists will hate it, the others will be split. I'm doing it for me.. want to see how it goes.. if I'm not happy with it.. I'll swap it out and save that motor for something else. Go for it if you want to.
  14. Kinky6
    Joined: May 11, 2003
    Posts: 1,765


    In a mid-'50's pick-up, nope, not even just to be different.

    But, since others have brought up Pinto OHC's, Quad 4's, Ecotec's, Zetec's, Yamahas, etc., yeah maybe a kickin' little high-output four banger w/ a T-5 in a two-seat modified ( with a full hood kept shut, of course )!

    So, anyone know where I can get a rear-wheel-drive bellhousing to fit a T-5 onto a 10:1 comp ratio SCCA Solo II race prepped 1.8L water-cooled Rabbit GTI engine? :D

    Later, Kinky6 :cool:
  15. garagerods
    Joined: Dec 15, 2006
    Posts: 452

    from Omaha

    DO IT!

    ....but use two of them!
  16. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 9,644

    from Missouri

    Think it would be a good pony motor too get your big engine started.
  17. Phil1934
    Joined: Jun 24, 2001
    Posts: 2,638


    If VWs all have the same b/h pattern, then
  18. awesome, awesome, awseome.

  19. Ice man
    Joined: Mar 12, 2008
    Posts: 968

    Ice man

    I have a 2.5 AMC in my 29 Pk Up, because I got it free and came with a 5sp. Runs well but its not very heavy, and down here you build with what you got. You need a V8, even the 6s were not up to what I would run, even though they ran well. Just like a V8 in a truck.
  20. havi
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,875


    Fox tbirds have literally no drag coefficient to allow them to go faster with less hp-to-weight. Fairlanes, not so much. I've pondered it, too.

    For those of us with multiple rides, a 4cyl. might not be a bad idea for a daily driver. I've considered using an ACME adapter to mount a VW TDi and 5sp. in an old car. 40mpg is not a bad thing, lol.... make up for the big V8 draining my wallet.
  21. Redheadedlefty13
    Joined: Jan 14, 2012
    Posts: 87

    from Avon, Ohio

    thats what i am saying, these 2.3 turbo motors with a 5 speed behind them can get like 30 mpg
  22. Rocky Famoso
    Joined: Mar 30, 2008
    Posts: 3,015

    Rocky Famoso

    Traditional guys used to do this swap into F-100s ALL the time before 1965...:rolleyes:
  23. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,237


    If I keep my foot outta boost (and that's a big if), I can get 28 mpg.

    [​IMG] going into this..............

  24. tlmartin84
    Joined: Jul 28, 2011
    Posts: 765

    from WV

  25. evintho
    Joined: May 28, 2007
    Posts: 1,237


    2.3 Turbo out of an '88 Thunderbird Turbo Coupe. It's got some added go-fast goodies!
  26. Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    Joined: Oct 21, 2012
    Posts: 480

    Post Apocalyptic Kustoms
    from Outside

    I like inline sixes personally.
  27. Bad Eye Bill
    Joined: Sep 1, 2010
    Posts: 841

    Bad Eye Bill
    from NB Canada

    I keep having thoughts of putting a Cummins 4BT into my 55 Fargo.
  28. servi53
    Joined: Jun 28, 2006
    Posts: 338


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