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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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Old 05-30-2005, 01:33 PM
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sure we can, I'm not really trying to get anybody going, it was just kindof a poor statement backed up with weak information that wasn't exclusive to that mill-

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Actually in the horsepower per cubic inch dept, he was exactly right and you're the one who is off base. thats a motorsports fact. the 351C when revved very high is nothing more than a small block with big block canted valves, like the BBC. HP PER cube... it wins big time, study some history.

Not taking anything away from the 426 Hemi at all though. Also, I'll qualify that above statement with FACTORY heads/ block etc... Im sure you can run some nitro and dual mags through a hemi and get more HP / cube than a 351C but that's not apples to apples.

sorry to bust your bubble man... no malice intended.

Oh and BTW i didnt vote for the 351C, just thought I'd help you with your history. I voted for the BBF because no one else was voting for it. LOL hey I dont really have a good reference for which was "best" so many things to consider on all those. I'd probably say which was most important in history.... the flat head ford V8.... then probably the early mopar hemi and the overhead valve SBC.

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Canted Valves.

I'm a big fan of aything that uses a canted valve design.
Ford Boss 302 / 351C
Big Block Chevy
Ford 429/460

I read somwhere that the same guy designed the BBC / Ford heads?
Can anyone confirm or deny that?

As far as best/worst engine goes... we have a saying in the auto parts industry: "They're ALL junk when they don't run!"

351C - 4V's at least - are pretty scarce ... especially the closed-chamber ones. You can usually find a '74 Torino / Cougar / Montego that everyone else has walked past. I sold a rebuilt 1970 351C 4V for $500 in 1977 when I was hard up for cash. I guess I did a lot of stupid things as a kid.
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best motor

ford 427 sohc!!
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I agree that the poll is too broad. There are so many ways to class engines - performance, total cost of ownership, economy, hp/weight ratio, modifications, etc. This poll is more a popularity contest than anything else (but that's OK too). I like BBC's more than others but I think the SBC has revolutionized the availability of performance and led to the development of perhaps better engines along the way.
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Wheres the Nailhead? Or the Caddy 500?




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Sorry to see you forgot the NASH and AMC motors. 401 forged crank or 390!!

Hope to see it added on a future poll.

I agree with the Caddy too. There is no replacement for cubic displacement
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Actually in the horsepower per cubic inch dept, he was exactly right and you're the one who is off base. thats a motorsports fact. the 351C when revved very high is nothing more than a small block with big block canted valves, like the BBC. HP PER cube... it wins big time, study some history.

Not taking anything away from the 426 Hemi at all though. Also, I'll qualify that above statement with FACTORY heads/ block etc... Im sure you can run some nitro and dual mags through a hemi and get more HP / cube than a 351C but that's not apples to apples.

sorry to bust your bubble man... no malice intended.

Oh and BTW i didnt vote for the 351C, just thought I'd help you with your history. I voted for the BBF because no one else was voting for it. LOL hey I dont really have a good reference for which was "best" so many things to consider on all those. I'd probably say which was most important in history.... the flat head ford V8.... then probably the early mopar hemi and the overhead valve SBC.

Oh for Christ's sake, get off your high horse, this is an opinion poll, and I seriously doubt if you asked the hotrodding community to chose the "greatest v8 ever produced" with a choice btw the 351C and the 426 Hemi, you'd get a single vote for the C. Fact of the matter is with those big ports the 4v head made it quite a dog from stoplight to stoplight, and we all know 99% of races are faught and won at the starting line. Peak HP numbers are meaningless, study some build theory. The "W" design bottom end is preferred by most builders nowadays, too.

Furthermore, if you want to talk "motorsports facts" show me how many top fuel 351C style design motors are out there burning up the 1/4 mile. Sure do see a lot of HEMI motors out there.

I'm not saying the C is a crap motor, but I think any other smallblock of that era would give it a run for its money. Those motors were all strong in those days and rated right around the HP number you quoted. In fact, if we were doing a smallblock only poll, I'd strap myself in behind a 340 any day.

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I was just looking at some engine options the other day and I would have to say the small block chevy is the greatest ever made. Look in any book and there are more parts for it than any other motor. Where else can a single motor be a 260,283,302,327,350,383,400,415,427,454,and I saw some where a 472 inch all small blocks. And this doesnt even consider the .030 and .060 over bores which include the 355,406 and I sure many others. By the was go to www.world.com and check out their 454 turn key motor. Its not cheap but imagine if you had one of these 610 hp monsters in your 69 camaro. You would be one of the fastest things around.
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500 cubes

Caddy 500- $100 at the boneyard.
Head Porting- DIY
Edel Intake- $42 on ebay
Holly 750- $120 on ebay
Rebuild Kit for Holly- $56 at swap meet
Running 14's for less than $500 in motor in a 78 Caprice- Priceless

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I only Voted SBC because I have few and all are great work horses. But what about that Nailhead? sure the heads don't flow so well, but they are a really smooth motor and made tons of torque at a low RPM. Also, the intake manifold is real easy to space up making a longer runner instead of plenum volume with a Carb spacer. Plus you can make a 494 Stroker for the paltry sum of $2500! that's just for the crank rods and pistons without machine work. This is really too broad a topic. A better question would be best engine in a given brand.
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id like to vote on a 440 mopar
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i've seen this thread floating around for awhile and i guess i'll finally vote

i'd say the sbc since it has so many different combinations, a number of interchangable parts, and there so reasonably priced

not to minchin the hp they can produce and withstand

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This topic is way to broad- it shoulod be narrowed down to like the best GM small block, or perhaps the best Ford engine. As for the GM small block- the Olds 350 without any question (and excluding the overpriced LS engines). GM big block is a toss up between the Buick 455 and the Caddy 500- both make crazy power way too easily. My favorite Ford engine is my Edsel 475 which is actually an FE engine of which very few were produced. The best Ford was the Boss 351 IMO. And well...I'lll never build a Mopar...but if I did...318- cause no one else would.
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I had a 1969 Skylark with a true BUICK 350 V8 - besides having tons of torque on tap & an external oil pump (loved that !!!) that thing ran like a striped *** ape !
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