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I'm pretty sure that in the early-60's as the first "Econo-boxes" (X-body, which I think are great-cars) were coming into production, Buick and Olds shared the same "All aluminum" 215 V8. You could still order a 331 Old's small-block too, but there was apparently no Six-Banger for this car for 2 or 3 years, so this was the "Base" engine. Pretty much the same as the Rover-V8 too. I have a 62' 4-door F-85, and its got the 215, and the distributor is at the front of the motor, like a Buick. These engines were also used in Buicks too, the only difference is the heads on the engines, but they interchange, so they use the same block and rotating assembly, a very popular swap into MG's here and in England (With the 215's cousin, the Rover V8, which was the same Engine, just cast-off when the 215 crapped out in 64' or 65', when the X-Body was up-dated, and the F-85 became a full-size car again, and this motor was replaced with Six-Bangers. It was probably needed over there, where the Bigger cars needed more muscle, but at a lower price and more economey than some high-end sports car engines...)

But they did cross-breed in the late-70's too, like everyone said. They also did the same thing with Six-Bangers in the 60's, where the Pontiac and Chevy Sixes were the same-block, with different heads. Also in the early-70's I think some B.O.P.'s got Chevy Sixes instead of their own ones, probably just from production problems or something like that.


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every car i have owned has had a chevy engine in it from factory and i have had a 82 grandprix(267), 80 monte carlo (305), 79 paressianne(350), 86 Cutlass(305), and 88 firebird(2.8L).

i know G-bodys as in pontiac grand prix, chevy monte carlo, olds cutlass, buick regal etc are all baiscly the same car, only thing differnt seems to be the cars outer body and the 2 rear side windows from what i have found scavanging the junk yards for parts.
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Originally Posted by farna
Olds kept building the big block 403

isn't the Olds 403 a small block ?

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