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View Poll Results: Best V-8?
Chevy Big Block 52 11.13%
Chevy Small Block 245 52.46%
Chyrsler "B" Big Block 400 1 0.21%
Chyrsler "LA" Small Block 340-360 12 2.57%
Chyrsler "RB" Hemi 426 52 11.13%
Ford Big Block 429-460 11 2.36%
Olds Rocket 18 3.85%
Ford "FE" 390-427 or Cleveland 351, specify in post 28 6.00%
Ford "Windsor" 351 and for arguments sake 302 28 6.00%
Pontiac 350-400 20 4.28%
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hey i must of had a little brain fog because you sure opened some memories.a friend i grew up with bought a brand new 1969 coronet r/t 440,auto etc,one of the fastest cars i ever had the pleasure to drive.if someone could take a car,any car you want but not to offend too many,lets say a 1957 studebaker hawk.run every big block in that car with conditions as ideal as possible,time of day, temp,tires everything including a top driver,say one of us? iwonder who would be king of the dragstrip. the buick 455 might just be it.why, it was a great grunt motor off the line and highend horse power at the end.but then top fuel run hemi's so go figure.what i know for sure is this growing up and watching all the great cars and their divisions was and is a blast that can only be experienced in person.one more thing i do miss those 41 willys coupes going side by side. thanks again

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I like the Buick Nailhead great old school motor. Tons of low end torque. The coolest looking intake, valve covers and heads ever. The late 60's 401 and 425. Just personal taste from a newbie.
I had a '65 GS Riviera. The rust [body, then frame] did her in as did most Buicks of that vintage. The 425 w/2-4bbls had 340hp and 465lb/ft of torque - stock. The porting was wonderfully direct, had a wide bore/short stroke and the spark plugs sat at the center of the cylinder like a hemi. Fastest factory car I ever had.

The 'Wildcat' engine series were bad-***.

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I am going to have to say the 426 hemi
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Ford 460 All the way!!!!!
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This question leaves a lot to discern...what exactly is meant by "The best V-8 ever"? Are we talking HP per C.I., Are we talking TQ per C.I., or are we talking reliability?

Through experience, I would have to say that the Pontiac 400 has proven to be the best one I have had. I had a 1974 Catalina and was running to a friend's around 11:00pm or so one night. The car had no exhaust (just a y pipe) so it was extremely loud. I started feeling a funny vibration in the gas pedal and the car seemed to shudder a bit. I would rap the gas and it reved up fine, so I just kept driving. Since I was paying attention to the vibration (which only seemed to be there when held at a steady speed), I missed my turn. I realized this and pulled into a grocery store parking lot at which time I saw smoke start rolling out from under the hood. I of course parked the car to see what the problem was, but it wouldn't shut off...the run-on was terrible. I shifted it through the gears and it just kept dieseling at probably around 1000rpm. When it did finally quit, I hopped out, popped the hood, and my jaw just about hit the ground. It was dark out (of course) but that entire engine was the prettiest cherry red that you could imagine. The spark plug wire boots had even melted.

I knew that there was nothing that I could do at the moment, so I got in the car, hit the key and it fired right up! I drove it to my friend's and let it sit overnight. The next morning, when it got light out, we went to see what happened...the radiator had taken a major hit and leaked out all the coolant. I put some water in it, fired it up, drove it home and replaced the radiator. Drove that car for another couple of years after that.

I would love to see some of the aluminum engines take that abuse and live...not to mention some of the old cast iron ones.
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With time I think the Chevy LS7.
Could I have that in a 427?
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I think that to say one motor over another is not fair. Every company produces there motor for a different reason, some do it for competition, and other companies do it just so they can say they have built a v8. The small block chevy is the most widely used block and so therefore many people like. On the other hand there are motors out there that many other people prefer, but people don't know about them. To say that one v8 is better than another is just not possible. Each company built there block for a different reason, different people build they engines for different things, many people drive the crap out of there cars and so you can't call one v8 better than another. My friend has a big block 454 and he got close to 500,000 miles on it before he had any major problems, sure he changed the oil on it every 2000 miles and kept everything up to date maitenance wise, but he drove the crap out of it. He would try to get the truck that it was in to do wheelies, he would high rev the motor like no tomorrow and do all other sorts of stupid crap, does that make it the best v8 ever made though, no.
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The 426 Hemi is the 2nd highest rated engine in this poll....
as one might expect. And it is there by a good lead to.
It causes me to ask myself, do I really think the SBC is a better engine? would I really rather have a sbc than a Hemi?
And all things being equal the simple answer is NO. But things aren't equal. Fuel economy isn't equal, parts prices aren't equal, avalibilty isn't equal and many other things to consider. That's part of why I voted for the sbc.

The track record tells me the Hemi is the best, yet my own personal experience tells me the sbc is better. it's really a tough one.
And 302 Fords can last for what seems like forever under hard abuse, built Ford tough! and the common 'ol 390 is a brute in it's own right, they don't turn much over 5000 rpm but building a 12 second ride is easy, even with high gears.
and the BBC, but they often seem to have valve train or bottom end failures, roller cams and all forged internals are helping those problems.
I still come to the SBC if for no other reason than Price and Avalibility.
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Best engine ever

My first thought is "Best in terms of what?" The SBC kinda sux in a 4WD dually, but is awesome in a Gen-1 Nova. The small block Mopars-318, 340, 360 and the Ford small blocks probably have the best oil filtration systems out there. The Hemi probably has the best breathing ability, and definitely has to be the most recognizable engine by more different groups of motorheads. The Jeep 4.0 may be the most durable in-line 6 ever made, but not if it's hopped up. Most diesels have incomprehensible torque, but lack in applied horsepower. The BBC may be the best for potential horsepower using common-man parts. The slant-six Mopar may have been the closest to perfect general internal balance from the factory. This kind of banter can go on for 3 forevers, but the best engine is different in different applications and we can all agree to that. What it really comes down to is this---What's your favorite engine?--- Well, for me, given I've "had them all", it would be the 409's I've had. Not neccessarily that I think they're the best for more applications, but for the cool look, conversation starters, the extremely unique sound they have, and the fact that the 409's were the main reason the Hemi's went Big-Time to compete with them, ( although it might br difficult to get that type of confession from those who were involved in Chrysler ) which in turn resulted in what is commonly referred to as The Muscle Car era. Now I know that last statement is argumentative, but if you were around back then, you can remember the dragstrip wars, and the "Win on Sunday, Sell on Monday" attitude the manufacturers had. And let's not forget all those tiny motors that get the best fuel mileage.
I've possessed and/or built and messed around with many, many different engines, from the Geo 1.3 three cyl to Viper V-10's, and I know it sounds corney, but each engine was best for different reasons.
So here's my best answer: I dunno.
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I have to say a pontiac because the factory used the same basic casting to make engines from 287 ci to 455 ci any other manufacturer do that? small block to big block. hotchief :
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postscript to my last email, where would Pontiac be today if GM had allowed them to back door performance parts like Chevrolet was in the performance years of the 60's. Maybe Pontiac would still have their own race engines instead of having to re-work chevy engines as theirs. hotchief
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best smallblock

formally amustang owner, iknow own a 79 firebird.one thing that i noticed is that the 302 ford revs higher than the 305 or the 350,also found that the torque was more substantial.however the chevy motors seem to pull more at higher speeds.i could be wrong but for a street engine i would go with a small block ford.did i mention i used to punish the 302 for all it was worth.at a little more cost than the chevy motor to refresh with go fast parts,i would still go with the small block ford.any arguments?
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426 HEMI all the way. Thou I love wedges and rodents too....
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my vote goes to the sbc, most hp potential in any motor I think
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I voted for the Chrysler "LA" 340-360, but which should have also include the "LA" 318. The 318 was the best made. It would take any abuse you put on it and was a very reliable engine. You could let one sit and idle forever and it wouldn't overheat.
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