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Old 07-12-2013, 09:23 AM
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chevy engines are so common place that i can buy parts off the shelf anywhere in this country.
Just one more reason why people use them...

Good luck with your build...

And just for the record... I NEVER lost any money on any car I built with a Chevy Engine in it..


If someone say's your car is boring,, Just tell them to keep on walking,,, Or ask them to Show you what they are driving....

The one's that usually has something to say about your car,, DON'T BUILD OR HAVE ANYTHING...

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Just one more reason why people use them...

Good luck with your build...

And just for the record... I NEVER lost any money on any car I built with a Chevy Engine in it..


If someone say's your car is boring,, Just tell them to keep on walking,,, Or ask them to Show you what they are driving....

The one's that usually has something to say about your car,, DON'T BUILD OR HAVE ANYTHING...
Quite honestly I don't believe putting a small block Chevy in ANYTHING will lower the value, other than that Hemi Cuda Convertible.

In my experience, a hot rod 1953 Buick with a small block Chevy will be worth more than if it had a Buick in it. I personally think this is a sad commentary of the fact that people think the Chevy is perfect and magical. That the masses are more comfortable with the Chevy, that is the biggest reason. That they are a Chevy "fan", yeah I guess so, but why are they a "fan"? The comfort level is high for them with the Chevy. In my case I have had and driven Buicks all my life so the Buick engine is more comfortable with me. I can make one phone call and have any part I need, it just isn't a chore at all. But for the masses, the SBC has more comfort thus more people want it and your Chevy powered Buick won't loose a dime in value.

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There's a easy way to fix that.. Stay home !!!!!

I don't get all bent out of shape because one guy painted his car a color that I don't like... I don't get bent out of shape because another one used a ford motor in a chevy, And so on.... The SBC is a very dependable engine... Always was... People would be crazy not to use it... Again if your going to a cars show to see just what YOU like... I think YOU will be un-happy..
Wow. Sounds like I'm not the one bent out of shape. As I said before, the O.P. should do whatever he wants. Yeah, if it were my car I'd put a Buick in a Buick, but that's my opinion and means nothing to anyone else. When I go to a show or cruise, I'm much more interested in something that's different. I'd LOVE to see a car with an LT5 Chevy motor, for example. I don't get excited by something I see every day.

I was just looking at the current issue of Hot Rod, where they showed a number of previous feature cars from the 1940s to the 1990s. Two stand out, one was a 1932 Nash street rod that had a 390 AMC motor when it was first built, but now, naturally has an SBC. The other was a roadster that had twin Wankel rotary engines originally, but again, now has an SBC. Too bad. It's like NASCAR or Funny Cars. They are all the same, making for a boring show. It was much more interesting when both racing series used bodies that were based on stock. It was even MORE interesting when funny cars experimented with Cammer Fords, BBCs, and turbochargers instead of today's identical "spec racers".
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Wow. Sounds like I'm not the one bent out of shape. As I said before, the O.P. should do whatever he wants. Yeah, if it were my car I'd put a Buick in a Buick, but that's my opinion and means nothing to anyone else. When I go to a show or cruise, I'm much more interested in something that's different. I'd LOVE to see a car with an LT5 Chevy motor, for example. I don't get excited by something I see every day.

I was just looking at the current issue of Hot Rod, where they showed a number of previous feature cars from the 1940s to the 1990s. Two stand out, one was a 1932 Nash street rod that had a 390 AMC motor when it was first built, but now, naturally has an SBC. The other was a roadster that had twin Wankel rotary engines originally, but again, now has an SBC. Too bad. It's like NASCAR or Funny Cars. They are all the same, making for a boring show. It was much more interesting when both racing series used bodies that were based on stock. It was even MORE interesting when funny cars experimented with Cammer Fords, BBCs, and turbochargers instead of today's identical "spec racers".
Nope !!!! I'm not bent out of shape..
But I do get hate to hear when someone want's to build a custom and people start telling him his car will be boring if you do this, And you are a follower if you use a SBC.. Same Oh Stupid BS ALL THE TIME...Did anyone tell you all that ******* when you built your car,,, Or do you even have one... Really sad for people to talk this way....

Brain..Your right... You can get on he phone and have your part in a day or two... But when your stuck on side the road waiting for that part... The guy with the sbc will ride right pass you and smile..

The best part about a SBC when they do break down.. You can find a part in almost anyone's back yard...

Y'all talk about boring.... This crap get's boring,,, Do y'all every do anything in y'all shop's ???


I can't stand a ford.... But I don't go around crying about it....

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The ONLY thing wrong about anyones opinions here is the guy didn't actually ask for it. He asked how do I put a small block Chevy in there. And like every subject often there are people throwing out advice the OP didn't ask for just because we think he should hear it. There is nothing wrong with this, it's no different here than if a guy wanted to paint his car pink, someone says he shouldn't. It's not a big deal. It can play into someones decision, NEW information not asked for may make a difference in the guy making a decision on what to do with HIS car, it's all good.

And there doesn't have to be an argument in a discussion like this. We can toss out our experiences and ideas without saying someone is "wrong".

On that note, I have heard the point on "If my car breaks down I can get parts". I have been driving since January of 1974. I have driven thru 29 states in this beautiful nation, I have never in my life had a car break down where I go and get a part at a parts store, repair it on the side of the road and keep going, it's never happen. So I don't know what that is suppose to mean when someone tells me that and I have heard it a lot, as I drive off into the sunset with my Buick Nailhead or Rambler flathead or Buick 300 or Buick 455 or Buick 350 or Chevy six, or another Buick Nailhead, or my Ford inline six or my 327 Chevy for that matter, well you get the point.

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Y'all talk about boring.... This crap get's boring,,, Do y'all every do anything in y'all shop's ???
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On that note, I have heard the point on "If my car breaks down I can get parts". I have been driving since January of 1974. I have driven thru 29 states in this beautiful nation, I have never in my life had a car break down where I go and get a part at a parts store, repair it on the side of the road and keep going, it's never happen.
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i have never had it happen either.
but during the rebuild of my f-134 engine.
i spent a heluva lot of time scouring the internet,finding,buying and then waiting for parts so i could continue on my project.
hard to find parts are expensive.
and they sure aint at napa.
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Power plants are power plants. It doesn't matter pretty much what you use.
There all costly to rebuild. You can make them all perform to your expectations. What's gonna put you beside the road dead with a origional engine? Hang on stuff. Water pumps, generators, points and condensers, starter motors, fuel pumps. Pretty easy to remedy these items. install a new water pump, convert the electrical to a alternator, back up electric fuel pump, new starter motor, convert the distributer to solid state. Want some more insurance? Buy a second water pump and fuel pump and stick them in that cave of a trunk. I'd be more concerned about changing out the trans and rear end. Not that a fresh Dynaflow couldn't get the job done but more because a modern trans with overdrive gets better gas milage. You got to pay those gas prices on a daily basis. The rear end has to go because of the enclosed drive line. That swap can get you some better brakes! Good thing. Stock rear coil setup also has to go.
I'd be more concerned about updating the front suspension. Better brakes, steering and handling. Disc's would make that old barge actually stop when it rained.
If it were me I'd rebuild the old straight eight and make it go faster. Lots of speed stuff available and chrome the crap out of it. Pry open the hood and hear the comments 'Hey! That's pretty neat"
I like the idea of that old streight eight because to me it would be more fun and nowadays it isn't common. For me the only two reasons for a engine change are.
I want to run a particular engine because that's what I want
or I got it on the real cheap and I want to spend the saving's elsewhere.
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The ONLY thing wrong about anyones opinions here is the guy didn't actually ask for it. He asked how do I put a small block Chevy in there. And like every subject often there are people throwing out advice the OP didn't ask for just because we think he should hear it. There is nothing wrong with this, it's no different here than if a guy wanted to paint his car pink, someone says he shouldn't. It's not a big deal. It can play into someones decision, NEW information not asked for may make a difference in the guy making a decision on what to do with HIS car, it's all good.

And there doesn't have to be an argument in a discussion like this. We can toss out our experiences and ideas without saying someone is "wrong".
not wrong persay, but it can be a bit inconsiderate and drive things way OT
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not wrong persay, but it can be a bit inconsiderate and drive things way OT
You are right but just where to you draw the line? A guy want's to bring his 69 Camaro Z/28 to the local tractor repair to have it sandblasted, we don't tell him NO?

A guy is planning on chopping his 59 Chevy, we don't warn him telling him is likely going to end up making it into a windshieldless radical roadster after he finds out he is in WAY over his head?

How about the good old frame swap, he wants to cut up a 34 Ford for an S-10 swap, do we tell him how to do it or tell him NOOOOOOOOOOO?

It's a hard call if you ask me. Because each of my examples happen all the time and they need to be told NOOOOOOO DON'T DO THAT more than an explanation how to ruin their car.

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Brian brings up good points. I just want the person making the decision to have all the information and to make an informed decision. It's sad to me when someone hacks up a perfectly good car by chopping the top (for example) then gets in over his head and abandons the project. They aren't making these anymore. In the case of the ubiquitous SBC swap, I still believe that cost is not a real savings. No I don't have hard proof, and if you really can't live without an SBC, go for it, but consider ALL the costs before convincing yourself that the Chebby is the cheapest way to go. Just make an informed decision.
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Brian brings up good points. I just want the person making the decision to have all the information and to make an informed decision. It's sad to me when someone hacks up a perfectly good car by chopping the top (for example) then gets in over his head and abandons the project. They aren't making these anymore. In the case of the ubiquitous SBC swap, I still believe that cost is not a real savings. No I don't have hard proof, and if you really can't live without an SBC, go for it, but consider ALL the costs before convincing yourself that the Chebby is the cheapest way to go. Just make an informed decision.
Exactly, an informed decision on WHAT to do is just as important as HOW to do it! If they need to be "warned" or told DO NOT DO THAT, now that is a huge judgment call of course. Where one person says NO DON'T DO THAT because he hates the idea of putting a Honda motor in a 34 Plymouth that is simply a personal decision and someone else loves the idea. So there are going to those type of situations too. It's a call, sometimes it's "out of line" to suggest something the OP isn't asking for but there is no reason to have a heart attack about it. Simply discuss the subject, that's all.

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No one is saying anything about the cheapest way to go,,,, But I will say this, your car will break down ONE day,,,,It is man made,,,Anything man made WILL break down sooner or later,,,I don't care how good you think you are,,, If you think it won't,,, I have a bunch of land 100 miles south of me for sale cheap.. And if your looking for a water pump for a chevy or a 1953 buick,, I bet I know which one will be easier and faster to find when your on side of the road 1500 miles from your house...
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