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04-28-2007 12:32 AM
toddshotrods Now that I know it is possible to have a great sounding four-cylinder hot rod, I started putting some thought into what engine I would use. I haven't decided to do this yet, but am giving it serious consideration. I realize that I probably won't be able to replicate the sound of an Offy, but believe that it is possible to come up with something appropriate. Of course, starting with the right foundation would save a lot of work.

The Ford 2.3 sounds like it has a decent exhaust note to start with, and I know that it has a long history of being hotrodded, but I never seem to do things the easy way. Ditto with the Quad 4; even though it is supposed to look a lot like an Offy, when stipped of its factory covers and crap. I always have to bang my head against the proverbial brick wall, sailing in "uncharted" waters"...

One engine I have always been intrigued with is Pontiac's "half an eight" used in the 61-63 Tempest. It is basically the right side of a 389, so parts shouldn't be an issue. I have never seen one up close, or heard one run though.

Besides sounding great, the Offy is also a great looking engine...
04-26-2007 09:10 AM
steevil sorry, multiple post.
04-26-2007 08:59 AM
steevil sorry, multiple post.
04-26-2007 08:58 AM
steevil sorry, multiple post.
04-26-2007 08:56 AM
steevil 2.3...virtually purely stock. It sounds a lot nicer uncorked, I will have some sound bytes and video soon.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r7Vbe_qgX04
04-25-2007 05:05 PM
greesemonkay hmmmm... a four banger? why not something like a straight-six or a buick straight-eight? It might sound good, but I think lake pipes would be a good choice, like the picture.
04-25-2007 05:04 PM
greesemonkay hmmmm... a four banger? why not something like a straight-six or a buick straight-eight? It might sound good, but I think lake pipes
04-25-2007 02:00 PM
toddshotrods Wow is all I can say - and thanks! I can't believe a four cylinder can sound like THAT!!!
04-25-2007 12:57 PM
toddshotrods Thanks guys! That miniature sounds almost exactly like an older GS1100 (4-valve) Suzuki. Gotta listen to some of the others...
04-25-2007 12:03 PM
seriousracer i thought there wqas a video on this site...
http://www.milleroffy.com/Photo%20&%...ery.htm#Sounds

also need to check tams old racecar site...while your there check out the
campbell speceal .. i am proud of that car..
04-25-2007 11:57 AM
seriousracer although a minture it sound close...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzjJYX74ZZE
04-25-2007 11:54 AM
seriousracer not close... but pretty .. was that a stutz?
let me see if i have the vidio of hte offey from ault park concourse.
it was an indy car.
wife was supposed to film it whilei was accepting an award.
04-25-2007 11:33 AM
tfeverfred
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Originally Posted by toddshotrods
Thanks tfever. That's the kind of audio I need. A split header, with the right mufflers, would probably work to produce a similar type vintage sound. I wonder what it would cost in power?
Old saying: Speed cost money, how fast do you want to go?
04-25-2007 11:26 AM
toddshotrods Thanks tfever. That's the kind of audio I need. A split header, with the right mufflers, would probably work to produce a similar type vintage sound. I wonder what it would cost in power?
04-25-2007 10:19 AM
tfeverfred Try this. I'm not sure what's in it, but it seems authentic.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ySpwRNESCXY
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