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Engine option opinions wanted....

I am building a 1947 International Pickup. I want this thing to be able to move but it doesn't have to have a bazillion ponies. I don't want to to a generic SBC. So I am looking for unusual but buildable engine options. I ahve thought about the ford and chevy inline 6's, Mopar slant 6 or possibly an Olds 455 (friend has a core).

I want something fun to drive that parts aren't too scarce for. Something with multi carb setups would be cool.

Let me know what you think.

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what about a nail head or an olds rocket?
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I don't want to to a generic SBC. So I am looking for unusual but buildable engine options.
Bigger is better, IMO.

How bout Lux-power, Caddy 472/500 would get 'er done! Lotta folks don't realize that those Caddy's are fairly light especially for their displacement. They have decent aftermarket support, too.

Have to lose the CI intake, obviously. IIRC, the factory piece that came on my 472 was actually an open-plenum, real p os, IMO. The carb flange was practically even w/the v-cover rail- kind of a reverse riser intake...

They also have their own motor mount set-up, but nothing that a little fabbing can't cure.

Any of the GM '55's would work well; I'm partial to Pontiac.

I always wanted to do a Toranado or Caddy FWD, mounted mid-ship in the bed, either lock the steering and have at it or set it up for 4-wheel steer.
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How about a 383-440 Mopar ? I see a fair amount of used parts for these going low buck.
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Bigger is better, IMO.

How bout Lux-power, Caddy 472/500 would get 'er done! Lotta folks don't realize that those Caddy's are fairly light especially for their displacement. They have decent aftermarket support, too.
Hell yea! The 500 had 425 hp in stock form, didn't they? High nickel blocks for stronger castings, and only weighed slightly more than a bbc. They're cheap at the junk yard, also. I've always wanted to shoe-horn one of those beasts into an AMX or something small like that.
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I would go with a Caddy 500 or an Olds 455. Either has plenty of aftermarket support, is unique, and has enough displacement to create the torque you'll need. I don't work on Mopars, but a 440 may not be a bad idea either.
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if you have a 455 olds then used that.

250 straight 6 with efi and a turbo could be nice. Your engine compartment is kind of setup for the straight six.

Cheapest option would be to buy a complete 5.3 LS engine with transmission. $2500.00 can get you a powerful, trouble free engine/trans, that also gets good gas mileage.
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only weighed slightly more than a bbc.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do think they weigh less than the BBC, mainly due to the thin wall casting and the cylinder heads.

The intakes are hell-for-heavy, though. Wide suckers.
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Easy answer: Cummins 4BT. 'nuff said.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do think they weigh less than the BBC, mainly due to the thin wall casting and the cylinder heads.

The intakes are hell-for-heavy, though. Wide suckers.
About 6 years ago I had one in hopes of sticking it into an 86 cutlass, I remember reading that they were 30 lbs heavier than a BBC, but I could've gotten a bad source, who knows.

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Easy answer: Cummins 4BT. 'nuff said.
I have a buddy that just mounted one of these into a 98 Cherokee, should be a fun ride.
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do think they weigh less than the BBC, mainly due to the thin wall casting and the cylinder heads.

The intakes are hell-for-heavy, though. Wide suckers.
Actually only 40lbs more than a SBC,go aluminum intake and you are only 10 lbs heavier and 150 cubic inches more,Bang for the BucK? OH YEAH!
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Actually only 40lbs more than a SBC,go aluminum intake and you are only 10 lbs heavier and 150 cubic inches more,Bang for the BucK? OH YEAH!
That's what I'm talking about- prob. the other info mixed up BBC and SBC, it would be easy to do...
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Buick 455. With an aluminum intake, it'll be about the same weight as a SBC. You'll have all the torque you need. Couple it w/ a beefed up 200-4R and you'd have a great machine.

How about the big-block GMC V6s? That'd be good too.

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I tell you what man. I dont know how unusual you wanna go but a 392 or 356 hemi would work well. There a little expinsive and scarce for parts but they run VERY well and have enough cubic inch to run two four's or whatever. My dad has a 56 desoto with what i belive was around a 331 firedome that he bored over to make a 346 with two four's that looks amazing under the hood. Nothing looks better then a hemi!!!
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Depends on your budget but I like the Nailhead Buick idea. Lots of goodies available, tons of torque and they are cool looking as hell when they're all dressed up.

Myself, I'd put a Stude in it but that's because I already have an extra Stude 259 V-8, auto trans and an Edmunds 2 X 2 intake waiting for something to go in. Most people don't know one when they see it even when it's in a Stude.
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